№ 087/2012 from Apr 19, 2012
The Confucius Institute at Freie Universität Berlin is holding an Open House on April 21, 2012. Families, students, and anyone interested in China is welcome to attend. Visitors of all ages will be able to enjoy a varied program. The Open House is the prelude to more formal events marking the six-year existence of the Confucius Institute at Freie Universität. Admission is free.
The highlights of the day will include tea ceremonies, interactive tours of the exhibition "Stone, Scissors, Paper" on Chinese children's games, toys, and rhymes, and a fortune-bringing ritual in which several persons bring an imposing lion costume to life. There will also be Chinese classes for children and adults, a quiz about China, and calligraphy demonstrations. As a special souvenir, visitors can have their names written in Chinese characters.
As part of the anniversary celebrations, there will be an evening concert on May 25 featuring the Chinese mouth organ virtuoso Wu Wei and the pianists Xie Ya'ou and Xie Yashuangzi. The program will include classical Chinese pieces, modern Chinese arrangements, and French Impressionist pieces.
The Confucius Institute at Freie Universität Berlin is a nonprofit association to promote the knowledge of the Chinese language and culture abroad. It was founded in cooperation between Freie Universität Berlin and Peking University and took up its work on April 27, 2006, as the first Confucius Institute in Germany. Its work contributes to cultivating Sino-German cooperation. The institute has established itself as an important cultural and language institution in the Berlin area.