The program for this year’s OzAsia festival was released last week and it’s going to be huge, especially the Confucius Institute’s involvement.
In this our 10th anniversary year the Confucius Institute has gone big, and is involved in (an auspicious) 8 events, on a scale far beyond our previous years!
As with every year we’ll be there for the Moon Lantern Festival, but this year we’ll actually have our very own lantern!
Of course the lantern festival is but the start:
See Guan Yu and Diao Chan come to life in the live music and film extravaganza Sever – Critically acclaimed, this modern retelling of a Chinese folktale is in Adelaide all the way from Shanghai. See not only the full show but also learn more about the music that makes Sever possible with an exclusive (free!) workshop presented by the Confucius Institute. This workshop with Zhu Ma and his music group Xi Ban Band will give a sneak peak at the music to be performed at the following evening’s premiere. Gain insight into the instrumentation used as the musicians show and explain their unique Chinese instruments.
Mark October 8 in your diaries, as it is going to be a huge day for the Confucius Institute and North Terrace’s activation as part of OzAsia. The University of Adelaide will open its doors as the front of the University is transformed for the Confucius Institute Family Day. Completely free, the day will be fun-filled and kid-friendly China experience, with Tai Chi classes, roving performers, calligraphy and painting workshops, food and more. The day will also incorporate a music program at Elder hall, which will include the debut of the University of Adelaide’s Chinese Orchestra, School of Chinese Music & Arts Youth Orchestra, the Moonta Street World Music Group, and all the way from Beijing: Cui Jiayi playing the incredible Yangqin.
Running at the same time, and less than 100 m down the road, will be a series of panels, talks and forums making up the Writing China series. With too much to list here, one particular talk this author will be checking out is ‘re-imagining’ featuring the writers: Hao Jingfang (Folding Beijing), Dorothy Tse (Snow and Shadow) and Julie Koh (Portable Curiosities). Hao Jingfang’s 2016 World Sci-Fi Hugo Award winning Novelette can be read in English for free here.
While on North Terrace look out for the enormous piece of public art Home , that will see 72 pigs in houses move in to the Goodman Lawns. A literal interpretation of the Chinese character for home (家), a pig under a roof, this artwork by Hong Kong artist GayBird Leung is interactive and includes light and sound. – more details here
Last but not least, we’re incredibly lucky to have the support of the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade and it’s head Ms Frances Adamson, who will present the Annual Confucius Institute Lecture. Current Department secretary and former ambassador to China, Ms Adamson also acted as International adviser to Malcolm Turnbull and served in the Australian Consulate-General of Hong Kong in the late 1980s as it prepared for transfer of sovereignty back to China. Hear her unique perspectives on Australia and China as both countries move forward in the 21st Century.