Past Events



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.

red envelopes on a blue tablecloth

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.

Two young boys watching a calligrapher's work

Lunar New Year Celebration at the Kennedy Center 2020

Thursday, January 23, 2020 - 5:00pm 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, with three days of special events showcasing the New Year's traditions of Korea.

Performers in red dance a traditional Chinese drum dance

The George Washington University Lunar New Year Celebration 2020

Thursday, January 23, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Faculty, staff, students, and the wider community of the George Washington University were invited to gather at the Science and Engineering Hall to celebrate the 2020 Lunar New Year: The Year of the Rat. The George Washington University has made it a university tradition to join with the rich East Asian history of Lunar New Year celebrations. This year's celebration was a wonderful opportunity to network with students, faculty, and community members with an interest in East Asia. Delicious Hors d’Oeuvres, Student Performances, and Networking Opportunities were available.

Chinese Art Exhibit

Chinese Art Exhibit

Monday, December 16, 2019 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Need a break from exams or have the winter blues? Stop by from 2-4pm on Monday, December 16th to view contemporary Chinese art!

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

Chinese Conversation Corner - Dec 4

Wednesday, December 4, 2019 - 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!