2016 CIUA Chinese Culture Festival in Tucson

CIUA Event Date: 

Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 9:00am

Chinese Culture Festival in Tucson, September 16--24, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE      September 7, 2016

Contact:  Ms. Yi Chen (520) 626-5124, Confucius@email.arizona.edu  

TUCSON−The Confucius Institute at the University of Arizona (CIUA) is excited to present the fifth Annual Chinese Culture Festival from September 16 to 24, 2016 in Tucson, AZ.  This year’s Festival will highlight our students through language competition, talent show, study abroad showcase, and concert. Participants will have opportunity to enjoy Chinese music, poetry, moon cakes, culture exhibition, Chinese martial arts and more. Tucsonans are guaranteed a unique cultural experience. Last year, over 1000 Arizonans participated in the CIUA Chinese Culture Festival.
The festival will be held on the University of Arizona campus and Tucson Chinese Cultural Center. All events are free and open to the public.

University of Arizona Professor and US director for CIUA, Dr. Zhao Chen said “The Chinese Culture Festival has been appealing to many constituencies throughout these years. People can always find something to captivate their attention and to expand their horizons at the events and performances. CIUA is thrilling to be able to obtain strong support and great resources from the University of Arizona and the Confucius Institute Headquarter in Beijing to increase the number of Arizona schools that are offering Chinese language and culture classes and to provide our University and high school students to have great opportunities to visit China. The students are looking forward to sharing their learning and experience with their parents, friends and local communities”.

Co-sponsors: Shaanxi Normal University, UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, UA Fred Fox School of Music, UA College of Humanities, Tucson Sino Choir, Tucson Chinese Cultural Center.

(Events are free and open to the public)

Schedule of Events:

1.Integrating Chinese Medicine with Public Health Study Abroad Showcase

Time:2:00 PM – 5:00 PM Friday, September 16, 2016

Location: Room103, BIO5 Institute: 1657 E. Helen Street, Tucson, AZ 85721 View map

Admission: Free

You are cordially invited to a showcase by an exceptional group of undergraduate and graduate students who participated in the UA faculty-led study abroad program “Integrating Chinese Medicine with Public Health” in China between June and July 2016.

Please come to enjoy their amazing picture shows and to listen to their fantastic stories about their China trip. In addition to oral and poster presentations on the topics of their study, students will share their experience at the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, Henan University of Chinese Medicine, Shaanxi Normal University, hospitals, and provincial CDC; their reflection of visits to Great Wall, Forbidden City and Terracotta soldiers and horses; and their passion with Chinese painting, Chinese tea, Chinese martial arts, Chinese medicine and, of course, Chinese food. Refreshments will be served.

Co-sponsors: UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health

2. Poetry Concert: Celebrate the Chinese Moon Festival

Time: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm, Saturday, Sept 16th, 2016             
Location: UA Poetry Center: 1508 East Helen Street Tucson, AZ 85721-0510 MAP IT
Admission: Free

CIUA will partner with the College of Humanities, the Fred Fox School of Music and the Tucson Sino Choir to present a Chinese Poetry Concert at the UA Poetry Center on Friday, September 16 at 7pm, to celebrate the Chinese Moon Festival.

The Chinese Moon Festival is an important holiday which has a full moon on the 15th day of the 8th month in the Luna Calendar. A full moon in Chinese culture represents a gathering, to celebrate the harvest season and to wish the best to families and friends. Unlike the fireworks for Chinese New Year, the music, poems and mooncakes are the main elements to celebrate this holiday.

Prof. Dian Li of Department of Eastern Asian Studies will give a presentation of “The Moon and the Aesthetics of Longing”, and the musicians and singers from the U of A and community will present Chinese folk songs and play traditional instrument music. And, there will be a reception with mooncakes right after this 75 minute concert.

It is a romantic evening that one should not miss! Come and join us to celebrate this beautiful holiday!

Co-sponsors: Fred Fox School of Music, Tucson Sino Choir, UA College of Humanities;

3. Chinese Language and Culture Day/Confucius Institute Day 中华语言文化日/孔子学院日

Time: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm, Saturday, Sept 24th, 2016              
Location: Tucson Chinese Cultural Center, 1288 West River Road, Tucson, AZ 85704
Admission: Free

Mandarin Chinese language students from Tucson and surrounding areas are all invited to participate in a Chinese Language and Culture Proficiency Competition, including group(Drama) “Chinese Bridge” competition and Chinese culture related talent show for Grade K- College students. Top winners will have opportunity to compete in Southwest US region or China in 2017.

Other activities will include live musical and Martial Arts performances, displays of Chinese calligraphy, painting and craft work, cultural items exhibitions and various hands-on games. Trophies, certificates and prizes will be presented to the winners of the competitions. Plus, free yummy Chinese food for students who register for the event with Chinese Instructor at CIUA before Sep 2nd, 2016.

This exciting day is designed for Tucson students who are learning Chinese to compete with each other in a friendly manner, as well as enjoy a fun experience with Chinese culture activities to celebrate the annually “World Confucius Institute Day”. Students have opportunities to collect “Chinese currency” and win various prizes by playing games.

Co-sponsors: Tucson Chinese Cultural Center;

About the Confucius Institute at the University of Arizona

The mission of the Confucius Institute at the University of Arizona (CIUA) is to enhance people’s understanding and appreciation of Chinese language and cultural heritage. With over 500 Confucius Institutes worldwide, CIUA is proud to be one of a small number of institutes positioned in a top-ranking U.S. research university. Established in 2008, the Institute is specialized in Chinese Wellness and Health and provides comprehensive training to teachers of Chinese language and culture. The institute promotes health and wellness via a focus on Chinese medicine, martial arts, music, and music performance.

We offer Chinese language and culture classes, public lectures, online Chinese language proficiency tests, youth and college students summer camps in China and Arizona, and live demonstrations of various aspects of Chinese culture. Arizona Chinese New Year Festival, Chinese Health Day and Chinese Culture Festival are well-known events organized and hosted by CIUA every year. In December 2015, CIUA received the Chinese government’s prestigious Confucius Institute of the Year award, recognizing our accomplishments among a select group of only 20 Confucius Institutes out of 500 worldwide. The CIUA’s ultimate goal is to foster multiculturalism and to advance friendly and productive relations between the United States and China.

Please visit the CIUA website http://confucius.arizona.edu/ for additional information about the Chinese Culture Festival and the Institute./


Tucson Chinese Cultural Center, 1288 West River Road, Tucson, AZ 85704 (520/292-6900)