September 27 is the 10th Anniversary of founding of Confcuius Institute initiative and is the occasion this year of the first global Confcuius Institute Day. It also coincided with Alberta Culture Day. This special occasion was celebrated in more than 100 countries, at about 500 Confcuius Institutes around the world. The Confucius Institute in Edmonton hosted an open house at Edmonton Public Schools’ Center for Education. More than 500 people attended this open house. A series of activties were planned to provide the opportunities for Edmontonians to experience some aspects of Chinese traditional culture and also to have opportunity to learn more about the local Confucius Institute. Many peole enjoyed the sampling Chinese food including spring rolls, onion cakes, fried dumplings and wonton. The cultural workshops attracted a lof of young students as well as adults. The workshops included Chinese dough art, paper cutting, Chinese knots, Chinese calligraphy, Chinese painting, Chinese massage and medicine as well as Chinese chess. A photo exhibition displayed many pictures showing the development of CIE over the past 7 years, as well as many Chinese language and culture learning activities at all 16 different Confucius Classrooms. At the same time a number of representatives from the business community gathered together to have a panel discussion on “Doing Business with China”, while in another part of the facility cultural performances from different schools displayed the lion dance, dragon dance, traidtional Chinese dances, singing and musical instruments.
The event was a great success and thanks for all the committee members and volunteers who helped make this happen.