Confucius Institute Day

Date: Saturday, 27 September 2014.

Time: 6.30–7.00 am Sunrise Ceremony; 11.00 am–3.00 pm ‘Discover China’ on the Waterfront.

Venue: Odlins Plaza, Waterfront.

Free. All welcome.


Sunrise Ceremony: ‘First in the World’ 6.30–7.00 am.

The Confucius Institute at Victoria University of Wellington will be the first in the world to celebrate Confucius Institute Day.

The great Chinese teacher and philosopher Kong Zi (Confucius) lends his name to over 400 Confucius Institutes in 120 countries around the world. This year marks the tenth anniversary of the establishment of Confucius Institutes internationally to promote Chinese language and culture.

Sunrise on Saturday 27 September will see us welcoming the day with korero and Waita, in the presence of His Excellency, Ambassador Wang Lutong of The People’s Republic of China and Her Worship, Mayor Celia Wade-Brown of Wellington City.

Discover China on the Waterfront 11.00 am–3.00 pm

Enjoy a taste of Chinese language and culture!

The Confucius Institute at Victoria University of Wellington promotes linguistic, cultural, artistic and intellectual exchange between China and New Zealand.

Partnering with schools, communities and cultural organisations in the lower North Island, the University’s Confucius Institute promotes the learning and understanding of Chinese language and culture through a variety of classes and courses. Educational and cultural exchanges are strengthened through concerts, festivals, lectures, workshops, film showings and poetry readings organised by the Confucius Institute at the University in cooperation with our cultural partners.

Enjoy a taste of Chinese language and culture:

  • Experience musical performances of erhu and pip, mixed with jazz from old Shanghai.
  • Watch dance, opera, taijiquan and martial arts.
  • Sample dumplings, noodles and tea made traditionally.
  • There is are plenty of activities for kids—games, calligraphy, crafts and costumes.
  • Much more.

The University’s Confucious Institute Day Programme is available here.