CI-PITT volunteer Chinese teachers: Ruiqi Huang, Mengdie Peng, Hao Deng
The “2018 Chinese Spring Festival” series were held at the University of Pittsburgh on February 16th by the Confucius Institute at the University of Pittsburgh (CI-Pitt), in conjunction with the PITT CSSA. The event lasted for six hours, including “New Year's Eve Dinner” and “Spring Festival Gala”, and attracted nearly a thousand local folks as well as overseas Chinese.
Chinese and foreign guests joined the "New Year's Eve dinner" between 5pm and 7pm.From babbling children to elderly people with gray hair, from overseas Chinese who live aboard so long to the American people who are interested in Chinese culture, they all sat around the big round red tables, enjoying a warm, delicious dinner!
Following was the Spring Festival Gala, organized by some cultural groups in the Pittsburgh area. Chinese students at the University of Pittsburgh performed a creative dance and music "Butterfly Lovers", a moving piano piece combined with graceful dance and calligraphy quickly bring all the audiences to exciting shows. Chinese students at the University of Pittsburgh also performed Despacito, which combines Spanish song with Chinese musical instruments to make the audience experience the variety of different cultures. Overseas Chinese from the Pittsburgh Chinese Culture Center of Performing and Arts held a “Cheongsam Show”, creating a peaceful atmosphere in the hall with elegant music. In particular, the children performing the "Kung Fu Show" with neat movements and vivid expressions won the applause of the audience. The performance of the Lion Dance Team was also fantastic and the audience was so excited about that.
This year is the ninth joint of CI-Pitt and PITT CSSA to hold the Chinese New Year celebration at the University of Pittsburgh. Since its establishment 10 years ago, CI-Pitt has continued its Chinese cultural activities in the Pittsburgh area and has become an important platform for Sino-U.S. Cultural exchange in this region.