Chinese Cultural Festival

When: Sept. 13-26 and Sat., Sept. 28 2013

The UA Confucius institute presents concerts, films, lectures on Chinese literature and medicine, a Chinese language competition and a Chinese health day in a festival that continues through Saturday, Sept. 28. Events are free and open to the public except as otherwise noted. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 20 and 21, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., the Confucius Institute, the UA School of Music and the Tucson Sino Choir present composer Wang Liping's suite from the Chinese TB series The Dream of the Red Chamber, in Crowder Hall, UA School of Music, 1017 N. Olive Road; $5 to $15. Sunday, Sept. 22, from 1:30 to 6 p.m., Mandarin Chinese language students participate in a Chinese Language Proficiency Competition hosted by the Tucson Chinese Cultural Center; and visitors enjoy musical performances and cultural exhibitions, in the UA Student Union Memorial Center. Monday, Sept. 23, from 7 to 9 p.m., expert translator of Chinese poetry Bill Porter, who publishes under the name Red Pine, presents "Finding Them Gone," a selection of slides and poems, and Paul Amiel plays the Chinese zither, at the UA Poetry Center, 1508 E. Helen St. Tuesday, Sept. 24, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., professors Wang Zhihong and Dr. Liu Mingjun of the Changchun Chinese Medicine University discuss Chinese wellness culture focusing on massage and acupuncture in the Madera Room Marriott University Park Hotel, 880 E. Second St. Wednesday, Sept 25, from 4 to 5 p.m., Mo Yan presents "The Way of Telling a Story: Contemporary Chinese Literature: in the Madera Room, Marriott University Park Hotel. Thursday, Sept. 26, from 4 to 6:30 p.m., professor Brigitta Lee of the UA Department of East Asian Studies presents a lecture and movie, Peony Pavilion, in the Ballroom South, UA Student Union Memorial Center. Saturday, Sept. 28, from 6 to 9:30 p.m., the UA Confucius Institute and the UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health host an event featuring Chinese martial arts, dance and instrumental music; Chinese food; culture exhibitions and health promotion activities including group Taiji practice, health-information booths and opportunities to consult with Chinese medicine experts and students.

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