On July 21st, Ethiopian National Museum Dance Troupe paid a visit to TUTE and gave an amazing performance for TUTE’s faculty and students, which was one of the highlights of the serial cultural campaign, 2015 Zooming in on African Cultures.
Song Yanqun, director of the Africa Office of International Exchange Bureau, which is affiliated with Chinese Ministry of Culture; Prof. Liu Xing, TUTE’s president; Ma Lei, deputy secretary of CCP at TUTE; Prof. Yan Bing, vice-president of the University showed up and watched the performance.
Before the show, on behalf of TUTE, Prof. Liu delivered a speech, expressing her welcome to the artists and guests. In her address, she mentioned the long-term tie linking TUTE and the African country. Now there had already been two Confucius Institutes, four Confucius Classrooms and two Chinese Language Centers in Ethiopia, which were all set up by TUTE with Hanban’s sponsorship. The university’s commitment to Ethio-China cultural exchange and its achievements had been widely acknowledged. And in the future, TUTE would keep working on building the platform for cultural exchange and communication, which would contribute to a more consolidated Sino-African relationship.
Afterward Mr. Song, on behalf of International Exchange Bureau of Chinese Ministry of Culture, took the floor and delivered an address. He first gave a brief introduction of the goals and fruits of “2015 Zooming in on African Cultures” and then thanked TUTE for her contribution to Sino-African cultural and educational exchange.
Then the dance troupe presented an exotic performance, which demonstrated African people’s vitality and passion for life and art, and embodied their longing for peace and close-knitted community life. The show turned out to be both a treat for the eye and a treat for the ear.
TUTE’s student troupe also performed and won bursts of applause. The entire show culminated with many international students stepping onto the stage and joining the dancing party.
The event, sponsored by International Exchange Bureau of Chinese Ministry of Culture, was organized by TUTE. Through events like this, young people of both countries got to know more about each other, which hopefully would help consolidate the friendship between China and Ethiopia.