August 25, 2015

The Confucius Institute at the University of Arizona


September 21-27, 2015



Contact: Dr. Larry Lang, (520) 626-5124,    

TUCSON−The Confucius Institute at the University of Arizona (CIUA) is excited to present the Fourth Annual Chinese Culture Festival from September 21-27, 2015 in Tucson, AZ. This year is the 11th anniversary of the establishment of Confucius Institutes worldwide. We will join other Confucius Institutes to hold a Confucius Institute Day during our 2015 CIUA Chinese Culture Festival. The theme of this year’s Festival is “UNDERSTANDING AND PEACE.” In addition to our annual K-12 language competition, college students’ presentations following their trips to China, culture exhibition, concert, and martial arts demonstrations, we will present a special Chinese culture lecture series, a professional workshop on martial arts, and lectures on cultural heritage and China’s famous Terra-cotta Warriors presented by faculty from CIUA’s partner university, Shaanxi Normal University in Xi’an, China. Tucsonans are guaranteed a rich cultural experience; last year, over 3000 Arizonans participated in the CIUA Chinese Culture Festival.
Professor Zhao Chen, co-director of CIUA, said, “CIUA has established solid language and culture programs in Tucson. In the past three years, five CIUA-affiliated Confucius Classrooms were approved and funded for schools with grades K to 12. Our CIUA summer camp program has been well received and we have now expanded it from Tucson to China. We are very proud to continue working with our partners to serve the University, schools and community for their needs in learning Chinese language and culture”.         

This year’s festival will be held on the University of Arizona campus and other venues across the Tucson metropolitan area. All events are open to the public and most are free.

"We’ve planned the Chinese Culture Festival to appeal to as many interests as possible.  We believe that everyone will find something to captivate their attention and expand their horizons at events and performances which range from traditional Chinese music to martial arts and archaeology," said Regents’ Professor of Anthropology John Olsen, CIUA co-director.

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

(Events are free and open to the public except where otherwise indicated)

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