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The inaugural Newcastle China Festival to be held on the 28th September in Beaumont Street, Hamilton will celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Confucius Institutes worldwide.

The festival will feature 6 hours of fascinating performances, demonstrations and hands-on workshops showcasing and celebrating all things Chinese.

Rhys Palmer, Director of The Confucius Institute said, “China is our largest trading partner, our most valuable tourism market, our greatest source of international students and an increasingly important source of investment and research collaboration.”

Highlights will include Chinese language, calligraphy, and Tai Chi workshops offered by the Confucius Institute. Chinese Lion dancers, extreme martial arts, traditional Chinese dance and musical performances will entertain the crowd while kids can enjoy chopstick competitions, dumpling making and Beijing Opera face painting. More than 60 Chinese artists and performers from Newcastle, Sydney and the Central Coast will take part in the celebration, bringing together many fascinating oriental performances like you’ve never seen before.

The renowned student performance troupe from Central China Normal University in Wuhan, China, will present a show of mesmerising music, dance and instrument performances. A delegation from the City of Yantai in Shandong, a coastal province in China, will bring a paper cutting exhibition from China to Hamilton, showcasing one of the country’s most famous folk arts.

Over 100 Chinese students studying at the University of Newcastle will be the ambassadors of the day, working as guides and helping the community better understand Chinese culture.

It is expected that the NAB China Business Forum in its first year should attract an audience of approximately 120 guests. Crowd estimates for the Newcastle China Festival in Beaumont Street are approximately 12,000 people, based on similar food and music programs.

Several events are also planned around the festival including the NAB China Business Forum and an Education Exchange. More details about the festival can be found at www.chinafestival.com.au

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