Confucius News

Jesse Appell Performance

On February 9, 2017, the Hokins-Nanjing Center & the GW Confucius Institute co-sponsored an interactive student workshop & performance by American comedian in China and Fulbright Scholar alumni, Jesse Appell.

Chinese New Year Family Day at the Freer & Sackler Galleries

On Sunday, February 5, 2017 the Freer & Sackler Galleries hosted a Chinese Lunar New Year celebration.

Chinese New Year Family Day at the Kennedy Center

On Saturday, February 4, 2017, the Kennedy Center will host a number of free activities highlighting Chinese culture for kids of all ages--including Beijing Opera stage makeup demonstration and costume dress-up with photos, lessons on Chinese paper cutting and calligraphy. The Kennedy Center, the Chinese Embassy Cultural Attaché, the GW Confucius Institute and other sponsors will work together to create this event.

The George Washinton University Lunar New Year Celebration

On Thursday, January 30, 2017, the George Washington University hosted its annual university wide celebration, joined by the GW and the surrounding community. Attendees rung in the year of the rooster with a catered reception, welcoming remarks from GW leadership and entertaining student performances. This event is co-sponsored by the GW Confucius Institute, Sigur Center for Asian Studies, Department of East Asian Languages & Literatures, the Multicultural Student Services Center and the International Services Office.

Chinese New Year Festival at the Smithsonian American Art Museum: Highlighting the GW Confucius Institute

Over 7,000 guests from the greater Washington area gathered in Kogod Courtyard to ring in the Chinese New Year. This year, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Chinese Embassy Cultural Attaché, the GW Confucius Institute and other sponsors once again worked together to host this successful family festival celebrating the year of the rooster.

GWCI Cultural Series: Kunqu Opera

On Friday, November 11th, 2016, the Shanghai Kunqu Group preformed The Peony Pavilion and Mudan Ting at the Hoff Theater for over 500 guests.

2016 China Onscreen Biennial

This three day event will showcase several movies from China's most talented directors. All movies will be shown at the E Street Cinema.

The 6th Annual Jiangsu Cup

The 6th Annual Jiangsu Cup Chinese Speech Contest was held at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. on November 6, 2016.



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The GW Confucius Institute

The GW Confucius Institute was established in 2013 to promote the study of Chinese language and culture, support Chinese teaching through instructional training and certification, and encourage increased research in China studies. Named for the famed Chinese philosopher (551-479 B.C.), GW's Confucius Institute is one of over 500 across the world and the first in Washington, D.C. GW President Steven Knapp serves on the Council of the Confucius Institute Headquarters, the governing body of institutes worldwide.

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GW's Confucius Institute holds numerous cultural celebrations and events throughout the year, including Chinese holidays and language competitions. Often, our activities are free and open to public. We offer unique opportunities for the local community to gain insight into Chinese practices like tea service, Eastern medicine and more. 

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Institute Goals

  • Expand the teaching of Chinese language and culture to the professional and government communities of D.C.
  • Provide a platform for research on China and Asia in a joint effort with Nanjing University
  • Strengthen GW’s relationship with China through collaborative and diplomatic endeavors