Past Events



Beijing opera graphic

08/29: GW CI Cultural Lecture Series | Bridge the Pacific Ocean with Beijing Opera

Saturday, August 29, 2020 - 8:00pm to 9:00pm

The GW Confucius Institute's partner, DC Beauty of Beijing Opera, Ltd (DCBBO) 华府“京剧之花”, is presenting a free virtual concert by eleven world renowned Beijing opera artists from across the Pacific Ocean 中美京剧名家荟萃 “京剧之花“ 公益抗疫 云中盛会 唱演京剧 畅谈京剧.

A book entitled "Cult of the Fox" by Dr. Xiaofei Kang, has white graphic of a fox cult on a red background

08/19: GW CI Cultural Lecture Series | Fox Spirits in Chinese Tradition

Wednesday, August 19, 2020 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm

The GW Confucius Institute is pleased to present a lecture on "Fox Spirits in Chinese Tradition" (中国传统文化中的狐仙信仰) given by Dr. Xiaofei Kang as part of the GW CI Cultural Lecture Series. It focuses on the manifold meanings of the fox spirit in Chinese society, and describes various cult practices, activities of worship, and the exorcising of fox spirits to reveal how the Chinese people constructed their cultural and social values outside the gaze of official power and morality.

07/16: GW CI Cultural Lecture Series | Circulating the Great Qing Code

Thursday, July 16, 2020 - 9:00am to 10:00am

The GW Confucius Institute is pleased to partner with Nanjing University Library to present a virtual lecture on "Circulating the Great Qing Code(清代法律知识的传播)" given by Dr. Ting Zhang(张婷博士)as part of the GW CI Cultural Lecture Series. It focuses on the development of commercial printing in the late Ming and Qing Era, and how the commercial publishing houses replaced the imperial publishing houses in editing and publishing the Great Qing Code.

Thread sewing Book Restoration Video

Tuesday, July 14, 2020 - 1:00pm

GW CI and Nanjing University Library (南大图书馆) are pleased to present the Heritage Restoration Series (“文物修复”工程系列), in which we will share videos on the art of restoring various Chinese cultural heritage items, starting with today's Thread sewing Book restoration video. We hope you enjoy!

A woman in traditional Chinese dress stands in front of the Summer Palace boathouse

Chinese Conversation Corner - March 4th

Wednesday, March 4, 2020 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

This Chinese corner was hosted in association with Fuyao Hanfu Association 扶摇汉服社! Participants learned about the history of Chinese traditional dress - Hanfu - and got the chance to try on outfits with the guidance of Hanfu experts! This Hanfu Workshop was be the first of GWCI's new special series of Chinese Conversation Corners, where workshops on Chinese culture will be hosted in addition to Chinese language speaking practice.

A speaker in a grey vest gestures at the audience

02/26: GW CI Cultural Lecture Series, "Once Upon a Time in Shanghai: Behind the Scenes of the Chinese Film Industry"

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 - 12:00pm

We are proud to have had Mark Parascandola lead a lecture: "Once Upon a Time in Shanghai: Behind the Scences of the Chinese Film Industry".

Graphic of 3 pairs of people saying "hello" in both English and Chinese. Text below reads: "Free Conversation Practice."

Chinese Conversation Corner - February 19th

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

The GW Confucius Institute regularly hosts 1-hour Chinese conversation corners. These corners are guided by native Mandarin speakers, who will encourage conversation and discussion. No preparation is required - simply come ready to chat in Chinese and make friends!

Students chat and practice calligraphy

GCC Dumpling Night 2020

Friday, February 7, 2020 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm

On Friday February 7th, The George Washington Confucius Institute was proud to partner with Global China Connection once again for this fun-filled Dumpling Night event. The GW Confucius Institute was packed with students who came to celebrate the Lantern Festival (元宵节) with delicious food and fun activities. The focus of Dumpling Night and the mission of the Global China Connection is to share and promote Chinese culture amongst the George Washington University community. Although food is a major part of Chinese culture, especially during the Lunar New Year festivities, we also created a learning experience for those in attendance with traditional musical performances, board games, dumpling making workshops, and calligraphy.

Graphic of 3 pairs of people saying "hello" in both English and Chinese. Text below reads: "Free Conversation Practice."

Chinese Conversation Corner - February 5th

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

The GW Confucius Institute regularly hosts 1-hour Chinese conversation corners. These corners are guided by native Mandarin speakers, who will encourage conversation and discussion. No preparation is required - simply come ready to chat in Chinese and make friends!

Students in red shirts sing traditional Chinese folk songs in front of a stage

DC International School Visit - Lunar New Year 2020

Sunday, February 2, 2020 - 9:00am to 3:00pm

The George Washington University Confucius Institute was pleased to be invited to DC International School to participate in their Lunar New Year celebration. Students from various grades-levels warmly welcomed staff and performed traditional Chinese folk songs and dances.

Two Chinese New Years Lions dance during new year celebration.

Smithsonian American Art Museum Chinese New Year Family Celebration 2020

Saturday, February 1, 2020 - 11:00am to 3:00pm

Attendees joined SAAM to celebrate the 2020 Lunar New Year! Everyone helped ring in the year of the rat with fun craft activities, traditional performances, artists, and demonstrations.

Students hold up their finished papercuts

Hardy Middle School Lunar New Year Celebration 2020

Thursday, January 30, 2020 - 9:00am to 3:00pm

The George Washington University Confucius Institute was pleased to be invited to Hardy Middle School in celebration of the Chinese Lunar New Year. Students from various grades-levels warmly welcomed staff and enjoyed a fun cultural activity. This year's cultural activity was paper-cutting, which attracted many students. Everyone learned about Lunar New Year traditions and the history of Chinese paper-cutting.

Instructors and volunteers from the GW Confucius Institute write out New Year's blessings at the Kennedy Center

Lunar New Year Celebration at the Kennedy Center 2020

Sunday, January 26, 2020 - 4:00pm to 8:00pm

The GW CI hosted a table featuring calligraphy demonstrations, which was one of a number of free activities highlighting Chinese culture at the Kennedy Center. This was part of the Kennedy Center’s annual Lunar New Year festivities, which these year was a week-long series of events celebrating Lunar New Year traditions in China and Korea.

Young child practices writing Chinese calligraphy with a calligraphy brush.

Lunar New Year Celebration at the Freer & Sackler Galleries 2020

Sunday, January 26, 2020 - 11:00am to 5:00pm

GW Confucius Institute rang in the Year of the Rat at the Smithsonian Freer|Sackler Galleries.

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The George Washington University: Mount Vernon Campus Lunar New Year Celebration 2020

Saturday, January 25, 2020 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm

The George Washington University community celebrated the Year of the Rat with welcome remarks from sponsors, a student dance performance and a lucky raffle drawing. This program was a wonderful opportunity for guests to socialize and network with students, faculty, and community members with an interest in East Asia.