Confucius Institute art performance comes to CSU

By: Brian Doering

Dec. 10th, 2018

Competitors from around the greater Cleveland area came together to showcase their talents at the Confucius Institute Art Performance Competition Dec. 1 in the Cleveland State main classroom auditorium.

From martial arts to singing and dancing, the competitors gave the audience a thrill showcasing their talents and left people mesmerized by the incredible performances. All of the contestants were evaluated by a judging committee made up of members from the Westlake Chinese School and the Confucius Institute of Cleveland State.

Performances of musical instruments and acrobatics were beautifully presented by students of Cleveland State.

The students confidently participated by adding rhythm and passion into their imagination and creativity.
Winners in each competition received $200 for first place, $150 for second place and $100 for third place. An additional $50 was rewarded for the most outstanding performance.

“Getting an opportunity to perform in front of an audience is one of the best and most overwhelming feelings you could ever ask for,” said David Richmond, a student of Cleveland State who performed at the show. “When you are on that stage and see the audience is really into what you are doing, it makes you feel calm and at peace.”

The Confucius Institute, which has put on this competition since 2016, has drawn positive reviews with the overall participation of performers and attendance of Cleveland State University students.
The institute created the show for the purpose of strengthening the relationship between Cleveland and China.

“Our purpose for having competitions like this is to further the progress of Chinese language and education in the greater Cleveland area,” said Wenjun Wang, a professor at the Confucius Institute who helped put on this show. “We believe that the shows we put on not only promote Chinese language and education but encourage students to learn more about Chinese culture.”

Winners of each event qualified to perform at the Chinese New Year Celebration which will take place Feb. 9, 2019. For more information, contact the Confucius Institute at 216-523-7127.


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