The Confucius Institute in Edmonton hosted a gala of martial arts, singing and dancing at the Eva O’ Howard Theater on May 9, 2019. A special martial arts team was invited from the Beijing Institute of Technology. Students and teachers from several Confucius Classrooms also performed, along with various artists from the local communities. The dance group of the Confucius Institute at Saskatchewan University was also invited to perform at the gala.
The gala was attended by approximately 700 people including several special guests. Trustee Trisha Estabrooks and Assistant Superintendent Dr. Lorne Parker attended from Edmonton Public Schools. Other guests included: Ms. Wendy Boje, Assistant Deputy Minister, Alberta Education; Dr. Tian Liang, Special Chinese Advisor, Alberta Education; and Dr. Zong Li and Dr. Liu Ning, Directors from the Confucius Institute at Saskatchewan University, in addition to representatives from other communities.
The gala offered a variety of performance genres including group and individual martial arts, tai chi, tai chi fan and different kinds of group dances and singing. The audiences cheered the beautiful performances enthusiastically, and provided very positive feedback. Some audience members commented that the Confucius Institute in Edmonton has organized similar galas for many years, and the level of performances is continually increasing in quality.