Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Confucius Institute worldwide

The Confucius Institute in Chicago (CIC) and the Chicago Public Schools (CPS), in collaboration with the Confucius Institute at Valparaiso University, hosted a Chinese Cultural Festival in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Confucius Institute worldwide at the Whitney Young Magnet High School from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 27, 2014. There were performances and hands-on activities at the Festival. About 2,000 people attended the event.

"CIC is the first Confucius Institute ever established in the k-12 public school system in the U.S.," said Jane Lu, Director of CIC. "We are very excited to share and celebrate Chinese culture on Sept. 27, together with more than 400 Confucius Institutes around the world."

Ms. Augustine Borrari, Director of Admissions at Whitney Young Magnet High School and Mrs. Karen Garibay-Mulattieri, Manager at the Office of the World Language and Cultural Education made remarks at the opening ceremony, and Deputy General Consul, Shuyin Wang, of the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Chicago also gave a speech, recognizing the success of the Chinese language program offered at CPS and the contribution made by CIC over the years. Right now, there are approximately 13,000 students learning Chinese in 43 schools and more than 60 Chinese language teachers.

At the Festival, the staged performances lasted for an hour and a half, which were presented by performing troupes from China, CPS students, Valparaiso University students, and local Chinese community. Meanwhile, 20 exhibitors showcased activities such as Chinese calligraphy, paper-cutting, Tai Chi, Wei Qi (Go game), Chinese character composition and games, learning Chinese techniques, etc. that attendees can participate, with multiple opportunities to win souvenir items as awards.  

The event was free and open to the public.

In addition to the Festival at the Whitney Young, CIC also organized two more celebrations with performances and Chinese cultural activities in Schaumburg and Arlington Heights on the same day.