The opening ceremony of the 3rd Pittsburgh Chinese Cultural Festival was held in Mellon Park, Pittsburgh at 11:00 a.m. on September, 17th. Mr. QiuJian, the Deputy Consul General of the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in New York, attended the Festival and delivered a speech. He fully affirmed the cultural influence of Pittsburgh Chinese Cultural Festival to the local residents aroud the Pittsburgh region in past two consecutive years. Mr. Rick Saccone, the Congressman of Pennsylvania; Ms. Mary Esther Van Shura, Minister of Community Affairs, the representative of the County Magistrate of Allegheny County, and Ms. Marcia Tongel, representative of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), have also delivered their blessings to the Chinese community in Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh Chinese Cultural Festival is organized by the Pittsburgh Chinese Cultural Center (PCCC), the Confucius Institute at the University of Pittsburgh (CI-PITT), the Chinese Association for Science and Technology in Pittsburgh (CAST-P), etc.
What a great day! The beauty of autumn at Pittsburgh is important for the success of the Festival. Meanwhile, a variety of cultural exhibits, those splendid performances and delicious Chinese cuisine attracted a lot of local folks to come. In front of those food stalls there were always a long line, which gave the Festival an aura of bustling.
The Chinese teacher volunteers of the Confucius Institute at the University of Pittsburgh elaborately prepared some cultural crafts such as “Journey to the West” shadow play, the traditional instrument Hulusi, the Four Treasures for calligraphy and the Handkerchief for the Northeast Dancing “Er’renzhuan” for the visitors to experience. Thus, “Confucius Institute Chinese Class” is extended from the classrooms, the schools to communities! Some of the students who are learning Chinese at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg also attended the Festival, they really enjoyed tasting Chinese culture and food this way. Meanwhile, Mr. QiuJian, the Deputy Consul General of the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in New York, visited the exhibition desk of CI-Pitt. QiuJian and Dr. XiaoYing, the Chinese Director of CI-Pitt, and all the CI-Pitt Chinese teacher volunteers, had a meaningful conversation about Chinese teaching and the development of Confucius Institute.
“With food we enjoyed, in culture we combined”. The Festival has hosted more than 5,000 local residents throughout the day. The Pittsburgh Chinese Cultural Festival serves as an annual cultural event for not only the Chinese people but also the American local people in Pittsburgh, providing a significant platform for both spreading Chinese culture and deepening the communication between Chinese communities and local communities.