2017 Events

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Chinese New Year Family Day at the Kennedy Center 2018

Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

On Saturday, February 17, 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 Washington University Lunar New Year Celebration 2018

Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

On Thursday, February 15, 2018, the George Washington University will host its annual university-wide celebration, to be joined by the GW and the surrounding community. Attendees will ring in the year of the Dog 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.

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"Ear" of Dog: An Interactive Chinese New Year Cultural Workshop

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Join the Anacostia Community Museum to celebrate Chinese culture through their Chinese New Year Pop-Up workshop “Ear” of Dog with the Madison Chinese Dance Academy.  Discover why 2

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Looking China: Chinese Short Film Screenings

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

The GW Confucius Institute will host a screening of short films from the "Looking China." The film screening and discussion aim to showcase the contrasting simplicity and glamour, the antiquity and fashion of China through the unique perspectives of young international film makers. These filmmakers have each made a 10-minute short documentary on Chinese culture. With their powerful creativity and experiences in China, each story about China discovered by these young people is told in a way of their own.

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Chinese New Year Family Day at the Freer & Sackler Galleries 2018

Sunday, February 11, 2018 - 11:00am to 5:00pm

On Sunday, February 11, 2018 the Freer & Sackler Galleries will host a Chinese Lunar New Year celebration. Guests will enjoy a variety of activities and demonstrations throughout the day including: traditional paper cutting; bristle dolls; dough sculpting; a display of painting the inside of snuff bottles by Beijing Folk Artists; calligraphy demonstrations with the Confucius Institute at George Washington University; mask coloring and New Year card making with the Confucius Institute at George Mason University; an art scavenger hunt; plus red paper lantern making, coloring sheets, and rooster crafts. GW volunteers will help provide essential translation for Chinese folk artists and guests.

This program is FREE - no tickets required

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Smithsonian American Art Museum Chinese New Year Family Festival 2018

Saturday, February 10, 2018 - 11:30am to 3:00pm

Join SAAM to celebrate the 2018 Lunar New Year! Help us "awaken the lion" and ring in the year of the dog with fun craft activities, traditional performances, artists, and demonstrations.

Chinese Conversation Hour - February 8

Thursday, February 8, 2018 - 5:00pm


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Chinese Philosophy through Calligraphy | Calligraphy Exhibition of China Classics Presented by Ye Hua-Zhou

Monday, February 5, 2018 - 10:00pm to Tuesday, March 13, 2018 - 5:00pm

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Chinese Conversation Hour - January 31

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm


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World Cultural Expo at the World Bank

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm

The GW Confucius Institute will participate in the World Culture Expo at the World Bank, educating guests about China and Chinese Culture.

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2018 Bilingual Education Fair of DC

Saturday, January 20, 2018 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm

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GW CI - Weekly Chinese Conversation Corner - Dec 13

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

GW CI - Weekly Chinese Conversation Corner - Dec 4

Monday, December 4, 2017 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

GW CI - Weekly Chinese Conversation Corner - Nov 28

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

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Chinese Arena–Chinese Debate Competition

Saturday, November 18, 2017 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Chinese Arena华语擂台–Chinese Debate Competition was held by GW Students and Scholars Association (CSSA) and GW Confucius Institute. This competition was exclusively open to all non-native Chinese speakers. Five teams competed on the stage; each team had two contestants and one Chinese mentor. The competition provided a stage not only for students to show their talents, but also for two cultures to exchange and combine.