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Martial Arts and Folk Music Troupe Debut in American Town to Celebrate the New Year

——A Record of the Confucius Institute at the University of Idaho’s New Year's Activities   

 Waiting for the Performance to Begin

  Children Enjoy Martial Arts

Performers’ Group Photo

 Scene from the Performance  

During the Spring Festival of 2017, the Wu Lin Han Yun Performing Arts Troupe organized by the Henan Provincial Department of Education went to the United States’ northwest town of Coeur d'Alene and presented a festive martial arts and folk music performance for local high school students and community members.

The pleasant, colorful town of Coeur d'Alene is located in northern Idaho. In recent years, thanks to the University of Idaho Confucius Institute, Chinese culture activitiesare becoming more and more popular in this city. The University of Idaho Confucius Institute contacted local primary and secondary schools using modern communication tools to promote the Chinese martial arts and folk music show. Martial Arts posters and other messages were distributed at key times and sent to local supporters which created excitement among local residents and students.

Although the performance was scheduled to begin at 7 pm on January 19, many enthusiastic community supporters and their families were already lining up outside the performance hall before 6 pm. The 900-person capacity performance hall was completely full. The show started with the Performances of Shaolin martial arts, which attracts many audiences’ interest.

After the show, many spectators gathered backstage and asked for pictures with the actors and staff. One observer named Jacob expressed his feeling in fluent Chinese: "I have never seen such a wonderful martial arts show. Thank you for coming to Coeur d'Alene. Now the Chinese lunar New Year is coming, and I wish you all the happiness of the new year."

The news of the performance in Coeur d'Alene was quickly circulated through Facebook, Twitter, local US newspapers, and other social media platforms, gaining even more attention. Dr. Xue Hexian, Chinese Director of the University of Idaho Confucius Institute, commented: "This show not only allowed Americans to come into contact with the extensive and profound Shaolin martial arts and folk culture, but we hope will also promote a greater understanding of Chinese culture and stimulate interest in learning Chinese."

Time: 2017-02-01


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