Stars Shining at the 2nd Chinese Singing Competition of CI-UCT
In order to promote Chinese learning in South Africa, the Confucius Institute at the University of Cape Town (CI-UCT) held the 2nd Chinese Singing Competition at Groote Schuur High School on 20 October 2018. A total of 33 contestants from 7 different institutions participated in the competition, performing 18 Chinese songs for the audience. The judges were impressed by the students’ fluent Chinese and excellent singing skill.
Photo 1: Chinese learners from Floreat Primary School performing Wahaha
Photo 2: Chinese learners from Simon’s Town School performing Gardenia in Blossom
After a highly competitive event, the three Chinese learners from Floreat Primary School, Fadwah Rubain, Gugu Mbhele and Azra Carstens, won the first prize of the primary school section, The first prize of the high school section went to the twin sisters Yathi-Thaa Mehana and Lathi-Thaa Mehana from the Confucius Classroom at the Cape Academy of Mathematics, Science and Technology. Grant Miu from the University of Cape Town won the first prize of the university section. In the final chapter, Wu Xinrong from the China International School in Cape Town won the best performance in the Local Chinese section with a moving song: You N Me.
Photo 3: Twin sisters performing I Trace the Rainbow in the Rain
Photo 4: UCT student Savannah Bester performing a Chinese version of Reflection
The venue of the event was decorated with Chinese knots, lanterns, paintings, calligraphy, embroidery, etc. The organizer prepared delicious Chinese food for tea break. At the end of the competition, Ms. Shao Yan, a visiting scholar from Sichuan University, presented an amazing Chinese Tea Ceremony. It had been an event not only of Chinese songs, but also of various Chinese elements.
After the award ceremony, the event concluded with a lively dance by contestants and guests, which brought the competition to a culmination.
Photo 5: Group photo of the Competition
(Written by Yan Liling)