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2012.11.28 - East-meets-West Cultural Performance at Opening of Leeds Business Confucius Institute

posted 7 Dec 2012, 03:42 by Admins ‎(Halima Chen)‎   [ updated 10 Oct 2014, 02:35 ]
Leeds students perform Mulan's song at opening of Leeds International Business Confucius Institute.
Leeds Chinese students sparkled with their Mandarin language skills and engaging performances in a lively celebration of Chinese language and culture at the official opening of the Leeds International Business Confucius Institute, 28 November 2012, at the University of Leeds, attended by the Vice-Chancellor, the Chinese Consul-General in Manchester and representatives of the University for International Business and Economics, the Chinese Embassy and Hanban (the Chinese National Office for Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language) in London. The Institute is one of only three business-focused Confucius Institutes in Europe and will promote cross-cultural exchange and understanding between the UK and China. 

Ably compèred in fluent Mandarin and English by final year East Asian Studies students Marie Tulloch and Aaron Powell, the evening’s entertainment was arranged in the style of a Chinese variety show and organised by Dr Ruru Li, senior lecturer in Chinese and Chinese theatre specialist at the University of Leeds. 

Leeds students Marie Tulloch and Aaron Powell compere the LIBCI opening's entertainment.
“I have received lots of favourable comments on the really enjoyable performance of the students at the opening of the Confucius Institute,” said Professor Peter J Buckley, director of the Leeds International Business Confucius Institute. “I would like to add my thanks to those of the Vice-Chancellor and our visiting Chinese guests for the excellent performance led by Dr Ruru Li. It was really entertaining and informative.” 

Peking opera duet performed by Leeds students Miranda Lickert and Victoria Leigh.
Highlights included a Beijing opera duet performed by Miranda Lickert and Victoria Leigh, as well as traditional Chinese song and dance performances by Leeds Chinese Community School students and a virtuoso piano solo by 2012 Young Musician of the Year finalist, Yuanfan Yang. Student members of Dr Li’s ‘Performing China on the Global Stage’ project spoke about their experiences staging ‘The Sun is Not for Us’, a celebration of the work of Chinese playwright Cao Yu, and their recent theatre tour of China. 

Bird's eye view of Confucius Institute opening.
In promoting the understanding of Chinese culture and the teaching of Mandarin in the UK, the activities of the Leeds International Business Confucius Institute (LIBCI) will complement the work of the White Rose East Asian Centre (WREAC), an academic partnership between East Asian Studies at Leeds and the School of East Asian Studies at Sheffield University with strong links to Leeds University Business School

Leeds Business Confucius Institute opening ceremony.
The Institute will encourage trade between China and Britain by offering short training courses in Chinese culture and etiquette for multinational and regional companies hoping to invest in China and orientation courses for Chinese businesses wanting to invest in the UK. Furthermore, as part of the Institute’s partnership with the University for International Business and Economics (UIBE), one of China's leading universities, staff and students from China will study in Leeds, and vice-versa.