Chinese folk music concert was held in Bergen

Written by Hu Xinyu/Translated by li Wenjin/Photo by Xiao Lanlan

To celebrate the 70thanniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China and the 65thanniversary of China-Norway diplomatic relations, Confucius Institute in Bergen began to organize series of activities of the “Confucius Institute Week” in September 23rd. Confucius Institute in Bergen, as the organizer, invited Jiangsu national orchestra from China, holding a Chinese folk music concert at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences that night.

Jiangsu national orchestra has performed in the opening and closing ceremonies of the 6thand 10thGolden Bell Awards which is the highest award for music in China. They are so experienced and excellent that they have been widely praised by audiences at home and abroad.

Chinese folk music has a long history and various forms of performance, and it shows the charm of traditional Chinese culture. This activity has promoted the cultural exchanges between China and Norway, introduced the excellent traditional culture to the world, enhanced the friendship of people between the two countries and spread Chinese traditional culture. As the organizer of the event, Confucius Institute in Bergen has done a lot of preparatory work for this event and played a positive role in promoting the event.

Mr. Rune Ingebrigtsen, the Norwegian director of the Confucius Institute in Bergen, delivered a speech to the concert and showed the warmly welcome to the performers from afar before the performance.

The performance began with a cheerful folk music ensemble called Joyous Jiangnan, describing a beautiful scenery of Jiangnan and people’s happy mood. Then the orchestra played many classical Chinese traditional music such as High Mountain and Flowing Water,Song of the Phoenix, Moonlit Night on the Spring River and Silk Road, bringing a diverse and interesting concert to the audience. The female solo Jasmine Flower and Good Days brought the audience into a lively and festive atmosphere. The last program consisted of two tracks,Morning Moodand My Motherland. Morning Moodis a classic piece written by the famous Norwegian composer Grieg. These two songs showed the friendship between China and Norway once again. All the audience stood up and clapped at the end of the performance.

Mr. Li Juqian, the Chinese director of the Confucius Institute in Bergen delivered a speech after the concert. He expressed the high recognition of this activity and the deep blessing of China and Norway. May the friendship between China and Norway last forever.

Founded in 2007, the Confucius Institute in Bergen features a combination of Chinese and martial arts. As the only Confucius Institute in Norway, the Confucius Institute in Bergen plays an important role in teaching, scientific research and cultural exchanges, serving as the important bridge for cultural exchanges between China and Norway.