August 22, 2014

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

TUCSON−The Confucius Institute at the University of Arizona (CIUA) is excited to present the third Annual Chinese Culture Festival September 20-28, 2014 in Tucson, AZ. This year is the tenth anniversary of the establishment of Confucius Institutes around the world. We will join other Confucius Institutes to hold a Confucius Institute Day as the opening of the 2014 CIUA Chinese Culture Festival. Special lectures on Chinese concepts of time and on Confucius as an historical figure will be presented by faculty from the Department of East Asian Studies at the University of Arizona. The theme of this year’s Festival is “Health Promotion and Wellness.” In addition to our annual language competition, culture exhibition, concert, and Chinese martial arts demonstration, we will present a special Chinese food therapy dinner lecture, a professional workshop on traditional Chinese medicine, and a lecture on acupuncture and health by faculty from leading universities of Chinese medicine in 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 two 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”.         

The 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 the events and performances which range from traditional music to Taiji," said Regents’ Professor John Olsen, CIUA Co-director.

Co-sponsors: UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, UA School of Anthropology, UA School of Music, UA College of Humanities, Tucson Sino Choir, Tucson Chinese Cultural Center, Han University of Traditional Medicine.

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