PHOTO: Ms. Manxia Li performs at the opening ceremony of the 2014 Chinese Culture Festival at CSULB
This year’s Chinese Culture Festival focused on China’s rich tradition of music and fine art. The opening ceremony took place on March 10 in the Carpenter Center at CSULB and featured speeches from distinguished guests followed by a music concert with vocal and instrumental soloists, an orchestra, and a full choir.
AVP of International Education and CCPE Dean Jeet Joshee hosted the event and spoke alongside honored Chinese delegates and campus, state, and federal representatives. After a formal gift exchange, tai chi artists and calligraphers worked simultaneously along to traditional Chinese music, sharing the Chinese view of interconnection between the mind, body, and art.
Next, Ms. Xinguang Guo, former singing partner of the current First Lady of China, sang beloved Chinese regional favorites such as Pamir Mountains and My Hometown. The closing performance was a five-act piece entitled Dizigui (Standards for Being a Good Pupil and Child), conducted by Timothy Su. The title and lyrics are taken from the book of the same title by Qing dynasty Emperor Li Yuxiu, based on the philosophical teachings of Confucius.
The festival’s art exhibition showcased artwork from some of China’s most accomplished artists. Many of the artists were present to answer questions about the work, and some artists painted or created calligraphy while visitors watched.