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Confucius Institute at USC participated in Spartanburg International Culture Festival

According to the hosting party, groups of people from over forty nations set up exhibition stages in this year's festival. The great event attracted more than ten thousand local people to participate in the event and appreciate the accomplishments of different cultures.

On October 7th local time, Spartanburg of South Carolina hosted its annual International Culture Festival. Li Yue, the Chinese dean of the Confucius Institute at USC led the volunteers and Chinese teachers to take part in this great event.

Since the first "Spartanburg International Culture Festival" event was hosted in 1985, the event has continued non-stop for 32 years, during which time it gradually became a very influential event locally. According to the hosting party, groups of people from over forty nations set up exhibition stages in this year's festival. The great event attracted more than ten thousand local people to participate in the event and appreciate the accomplishments of different cultures.

The Confucius Institute of USC prepared many interesting and colorful activities and shows for this festival. To start with there are exhibitions of typical Chinese special features, such as lanterns, panda(costumes), Chinese Knots, Folding Fan Art, Chinese traditional writing utensils, Chinese musical instruments, and World Wonder pictures. There are also exhibits on Chinese calligraphy, traditional Chinese dressing styles, Chinese dance, traditional Chinese music, and a special show on "Chinese Drum Dance". This is the first time for many visitors and tourists to come in direct contact with Chinese culture, and a lot of them expressed interest and appreciation in Chinese Culture.

The Chinese Calligraphy exhibition had an activity that offered to write the name of visitors in Chinese characters, this activity was so popular that people wanting to have their name written in Chinese characters formed long lines. The kids also have something to busy themselves in -- they tried to write using the Chinese traditional writing tool, the Chinese traditional writing brush and ink.

The other exhibitions are also a great success. Volunteers form Confucius Institute at USC took turns doing "stage-walks" with Chinese traditional clothes and performed traditional Chinese music once in a while, winning rounds of applause from onlookers. The small children are also satisfied, like their parents, but for a different purpose, they were thrilled to be able to dress in panda costumes and take pictures with their families. What's more, volunteers from CI and local Chinese people formed a dancing party that gave people excellent performances on the stages of the festival.

This year, CI at USC took the opportunity of the festival to set up a new Chinese language learning center in Upstate Campus, USC. By participating in this festival, Confucius Institute introduced many locals to the beauty and magnificence of Chinese culture, raising their interest in Chinese culture. Overall, the influence of Confucius Institute in the local region is greatly increased as a result of the festival.