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The Confucius Institute sponsors 7th Annual Brazos Valley Worldfest


Date: 11/16/2013

College Station, TX—On November 16, 2013 over 12,500 spectators assembled at the park surrounding the Wolf Pen Creek Amphitheater in College Station, Texas for the 7th annual Brazos Valley Worldfest. It is one of the largest cultural gatherings in the region. Cultural displays from clubs representing different countries included groups from Asia, Europe, Latin America, the
Middle East, and more.  Community groups,such Bryan-College Station Sister Cities andother Texas A&M units working with and for international students were also represented and promoted larger community involvement withthe international community in the Brazos Valley.
 
The Confucius Institute (CI) has always taken an active role promoting Chinese Culture and language with their sponsorship of the Community Stage at Worldfest. The Community Stage included performances ranging from storytelling to belly dancing throughout the day. 
In addition to their sponsorship, the CI hosted a Chinese culture display.   Although largely attended by young children due to the popularity of the Chinese Zodiac temporary tattoos, people of all ages were eager to participate.  The CI display also included Chinese calligraphy where participants were able to have their name written in Chinese on traditional rice paper.  Visitors were encouraged to test their Chinese geography with puzzles and learn Chinese characters by making bookmarks. The event provides an opportunity for the CI to share Chinese culture with a large number of people and advertise their other programs.
 
“We enjoy the variety of cultures represented throughout the festival as well as the reasonably priced food samplings from all over the world,” said Kim Payne, a participant of Worldfest.
In addition to Worldfest, the Confucius Institute sponsors many events on the Texas A&M campus for the community to experience Chinese culture. For more information regarding upcoming classes and events, please visit http://confucius.tamu.edu/ or email Amanda Zuccarini, azuccarini@tamu.edu.



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