Celebrate the Chinese New Year with Wenqin!

   The Year of the Rooster will kick off with a colourful splash of Chinese culture. More than 20 young performers from the renowned Zhejiang University Wenqin Art Troupe will showcase an ancient civilisation with a modern twist in a spectacular collage of dance, music and martial arts. 

The Troupe has performed at the UN Headquarters in the US, the 2016 G20 meeting in China and throughout Europe, Asia and Australia. 

Wenqin will perform at the Australia China Business Council gala dinner at Crown Ballroom on 16th February – one of the biggest events on the Sino-WA social calendar.  Public performances will follow in Mandurah and Bunbury with the final opportunity to experience Wenqin at Penrhos College’s state of the art Rixon Theatre on Monday 20th February. 

While in Perth, the troupe will also work with more than 1200 students from 12 schools in a series of workshops designed to give WA students a chance to watch part of a performance and then talk to the performers about their craft.  Interpreters will help to explain the stories, music, instruments and costumes used. 

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Sister State relationship between Western Australia and Zhejiang Province. This very special tour is proudly supported by the State Government and the Confucius Institute at UWA.   

Saturday 18th February 2017, 7pm

Mandurah Performing Arts Centre


Tickets:  http://www.manpac.com.au/show/2017-chinese-new-year-show/

Sunday 19th Feb 2017, 3pm

Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre

Tickets: http://www.bunburyentertainment.com/view/show-coming-soon/show-wenqin-art-troupe

Monday 20th February, 7pm

Penrhos College Rixon Theatre, South Perth

Tickets:  http://www.penrhos.wa.edu.au/community/book-tickets.html (Ticket sales commence last week in January)

For more about the expanded 2017 program for Chinese New Year in Perth please visit:  http://www.cny.wa.gov.au/index.cmf

Summer Holiday Chinese Cultural Awareness Class for Kids 暑假少儿语言文化兴趣班

Interesting, creative and educational activities for primary school kids during the school holidays!

During the upcoming school break, Confucius Institute at UWA runs a 5-morning Chinese language and culture awareness class which engages kids in learning some basic Chinese language and knowledge about Chinese culture, as well as doing fun activities of kite making, mask painting, singing and dancing, Kung Fu, Chinese painting and so on, all of which are appealing to both boys and girls aged 6 -12. Accomplishing various fun cultural activities, each child will take home some stylish pieces of art to be proud of.

This holiday class is ideal for developing kids’ awareness of Chinese language and culture, communication skills in Chinese and hand-eye coordination, visual perception skills and concentration.

Time: 9:00 am-12:00 pm Monday – Friday, 16-20 Jan 2017

Venue: Maple Room, UWA Claremont Campus (50 Goldsworthy Road, Claremont)

Teachers: Confucius Institute staff, with teaching expertise, artistic skills, and Working With Children certificate

Cost: $20 per session (all hands-on activities materials, bottle water and morning-tea snack included).

Book online: https://www.trybooking.com/OFGZ      Only 20 places offered per session.

Contact: 6488 6888, or email to confucius.institute@uwa.edu.au

Schedule:  kids-cultural-awareness-class-jan-2017

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Photos of previous holiday classes for kids:

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Video Competition: Chinese Culture in Australia “中国文化在澳洲” 视频制作比赛征稿

Schools from across Western Australia are invited to enter the Confucius Institute’s Video Competition.  Cash prizes from $800 to $200 are on offer! 

The aim is to give students a creative opportunity to demonstrate their Chinese language skills and appreciation of Chinese culture.  Schools can submit 2-3 minute video works reflecting the theme Chinese Culture in Australia. 视频主题:中国文化在澳洲 

Entries close on 12 December 2016 with winners announced early in the new school year.  Please see the information attached for everything you need to know to enter!

Here is more information: http://www.confuciusinstitute.uwa.edu.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/CI-Video-Competition-2016.pdf

China in Conversation: One Belt, One Road and Australia“一带一路”与澳大利亚

The Confucius Institute and UWA Business School presented a China in Conversation  on  “One Belt, One Road and Australia” on 25 November 2016 at University Club.

This China in Conversation was presented as a keynote event of the Australia-China Transcultural Studies Symposium, 24-25 November 2016,  at The University of Western Australia.


 Professor Ross Garnaut

Professorial Research Fellow in Economics at the University of Melbourne
(since 2008), Honorary Professor of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
and of Renmin University, Fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Sciences,
Distinguished Fellow of the Australian Economics Society and Distinguished
Life Member of the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society.of the University of Melbourne.

 Professor Sun Youzhong

Vice President of Beijing Foreign Studies University, President of the Chinese Association for Australian Studies, the China Association for Intercultural Communication and the Chinese Association for Global Journalism and Communication, and Director of the China-Australia Centre for Transcultural Studies at Beijing Foreign Studies University.   of Beijing Foreign Studies University explored the influential Chinese strategic development policy, “One Belt, One Road”, and the implications for Australia.


Welcome to I-Ching Culture Day 欢迎参加中澳易经文化节

Chung Wah Association and Confucius Institute invite you to attend the lecture given by I-Ching master Zeng Yuqi on 10 and 13 November at UWA Claremont Campus.


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CI Day Celebration Successful 孔子学院日圆满成功


上午10.00,参加“孔子学院日”活动的300多名中小学生、20几位中华会馆长者服务中心的长者、以及16名北京外国语大学的学生陆续来到活动场地,跟着孔子学院教师和志愿者舞起了太极拳。10:30,孔子学院宋宪琳院长宣布“孔子学院日”开幕,然后西澳大学校长Paul Johnson、中国驻珀斯孙安林副总领事、中国驻澳使馆徐孝公参的秘书马林兰先生先后为“孔子学院日”致开幕辞。Johnson校长为大洋洲第一家孔子学院及其在增进西澳与中国交流中所发挥的“纽带”作用感到骄傲,同时他也勉励中小学生们以前任总理陆克文、西澳大学诺贝尔奖得主巴里马歇尔教授为榜样,为自己的未来发展和澳中交流努力学好中文。孙安林副总领事从中秋节谈起,介绍了学习中文对于了解中国和中国文化的重要意义,同样希望青少年们努力学习中文和多多了解中国文化。马林兰秘书代表徐孝公参祝贺西澳孔子学院在推动中文教学和促进文化了解方面取得的显著成就,也祝贺西澳中小学生在学习中文方面所取得的骄人成绩,重申了使馆教育处对孔子学院这方面工作的不懈支持。出席开幕式的还有西澳大学人文学院院长Krishna Sen教授、中华会馆会长丁少平先生、以及Oberthur小学、Mount Lawley 中学等几所中小学的校长等。




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Dr Song launches the CI Day                                    UWA Vice- Chancellor speaks at the event

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Deputy Consul- General, Ms Sun Anlin             Mr Ma representing Minister-Counsellor


Students learning Kung Fu



Join the CI’s City-to-Surf for Chung Wah Community and Aged Care 欢迎参加孔子学院“中华慈善行”健身跑

The Confucius Institute at The University of Western Australia invites you to walk or run alongside us in the Perth 2016 City to Surf on 28 August 2016. This will be a great opportunity to get involved in the Confucius Institute community.  We will have teams in the 4km and 12km options for both walking and running, so you can choose something that suits your  level of  fitness. All registration fees for the City to Surf go to the event owner:  Activ Foundation.  Activ enables people living with a disability to pursue a better life.  You can find information about their good work here:  www.activ.asn.au/about-activ . The Confucius Institute is also raising funds for Chung Wah Association Community and Aged Care http://www.chungwahcac.org.au/ via our participation in this event.  We ask for a minimum donation of $10 from all participants that register under our team.  In exchange you will receive a Confucius Institute T Shirt and much appreciation from ourselves and Chung Wah Aged Care! You will need to register for our team by Friday 26 August:

  • Go to http://perthcitytosurf.com/
  • Select ‘Perth 28 August 2016’
  • Choose your distance
  • Click ‘join a team’
  • Search for ‘The Confucius Institute’
  • Join our team!
  • Continue through the registration process

You can make your donation to Chung Wah Aged Care and pick up your shirt at our office at the UWA Claremont Campus (where there is easy parking) or we can organise this 30 minutes prior to the race at the race start location. Closer to the event, we will send more information about where and when we will meet on the day and provide an online option for making your donation.

City to Surf 2016 for media

Hanyuqiao Competition for WA Secondary School Students

2016 “Hanyu Qiao” (Chinese Bridge) Chinese Proficiency Competition (HYQ) for WA secondary school students concluded successfully on the 28th May 2016.  It was held at The Confucius Institute at The University of Western Australia (UWACI) with 13 contestants from different secondary schools in Perth and Geraldton delivering speeches on “Learn Chinese, Double Your World”. For the first time the Year 9 Chinese Speaking Competition was combined with the Hanyu Qiao and 5 Year 9 students gave speeches afterwards.

At the opening ceremony, Ms Eva Chye,  UWACI board member, gave a welcome speech, praising the enthusiasm and achievements of Australian young people in learning Chinese language as well as the efforts that UWACI has made in support of Chinese language learning in WA. Afterwards, Boonie Woo, President of Chinese Language Teachers’ Association of WA (CLTAWA) spoke highly of the collaboration of UWACI and CLTAWA in co-organizing the competition for school students, which offered a good learning opportunity for both teachers and students involved.  Both speakers wished the contestants good luck in the competition.

The competition consisted of three components: a written test, unscripted speech in Chinese and Chinese cultural performance. Contestants talked about their interesting experience in  learning Chinese and making friends. During their amazing cultural shows, they won applause from the audience. Performances included a shadow puppet show, Chinese comedy,  Chinese pop songs and dance performances as well as many others!

At the Awards Ceremony, Dr. Wang Yi explained how difficult the judging process was and congratulated on the contestants’ brilliant performances. Ms Bonnie Woo then proceeded to present the awards to the contestants in Y9 speaking competition. Mr. Butcher, Principal of Mount Lawley SHS and Mr. Xianhua Chu, UWACI Associate Director, presented the awards for the Hanyu Qiao participants.  Charlotte Martin of Methodist Ladies’ College won 1st place, Eliza Singleton of Geraldton Grammar School and Liam McKenzie from Mount Lawley won  2nd place and lastly Annie Jarman from Perth Modern School, Nicholas Hill from Guildford Grammar School, and Janet Kim of Rossmoyne won 3rd place. Among them, Charlotte, Eliza, Liam and Annie will participate in the regional HYQ finals in Adelaide on the 9th and 10th of June, at which we wish them even greater success.


开幕式上,西澳大学校长助理、孔子学院理事Eva Chye女士首先致开幕词,赞扬了参赛选手学习中文的积极性和孔子学院积极支持、推动西澳学校的中文教学,勉励选手们满怀信心地展示自己的汉语实力,并祝愿此次比赛圆满成功。随后,西澳中文教师协会会长Boonie Woo 致辞表示,今年是首次由孔子学院及西澳中文教师协同举办的比赛,对参与汉语教学的老师及学生来说都是交流学习的好机会。也希望大家可以借此机会进一步推广汉语文化,并预祝参赛选手取得好成绩。


颁奖仪式上,王毅博士代表评委简单介绍了评分规则,感谢所有参赛选手的精彩表现。随后,Bonnie Woo老师为9年级中文演讲比赛颁奖,Mount Lawley 中学校长Butcher先生、孔子学院中方院长褚献华先生分别为汉语桥的选手们颁发证书和奖品。Methodist Ladies’ College的Charlotte Martin同学获得一等奖、, Geraldton 文法学校的 Eliza Singleton同学和Mount Lawley 中学的Liam McKenzie同学获得二等奖;珀斯现代中学的Annie Jarman、Guildford文法学校的Nicholas Hill和Rossmoyne中学的Janet Kim获得三等奖。其中Charlotte, Eliza, Liam和Annie四名同学将于6月9-10日代表西澳州赴阿德莱德参加(首府地区、北领地、南澳和西澳)赛区的中学生汉语桥决赛,在此预祝他们再创佳绩!

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Ms Eva Chye and Ms Bonnie Woo making speeches

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Mr Buthcher giving prizes                 William and Stephanie as MCs

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Charlotte Martin      Eliza Singleton        Liam McKenzie

Annie Nicholas Janet

Annie Jarman              Nicholas Hill                            Janet Kim

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Abigail Moroney         Catelin Wilson      Claudia Hall          Sarah Crowley

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Jack Mingay               Melhul Aggarwal                Jevin  Parmar



Confucius Institute Joins in the Student Party at St George’s College 孔子学院参与圣乔治学院学生聚会

There is a tradition in Hong Kong where university students hold a party before every exam. This party is called ‘Superpass’ and is meant to bring good luck as well as relax students. To celebrate this tradition St George’s College invited the UWA Confucius Institute to join in some cultural activities with their students including dumpling making and Chinese calligraphy.

The Confucius Institute volunteers and teachers enjoyed sharing in these activities with both local and Hong Kong exchange students who will soon be returning home. About 200 dumplings were made which were then sent to the kitchen to form part of the dinner later that night. Calligraphy was also a big hit with the students. Some Hong Kong students were pros at it and assisted the Confucius Institute conduct this activity as there were so many students interested in it. Students wrote their names as well as well wishes for the exam on red paper.

As students enter the exam period the Confucius Institute hopes the dumplings (symbolising good fortune in China) and the Calligraphy (which had lucky words written on auspicious red paper) brings them the very best of luck.





(Photo courtesy of Hongwei Wu)

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