东南网澳大利亚10月25日讯（本网记者 苏小魁） 当地时间10月23日，“2017汉语之光”第四届新南威尔士州学生汉语才艺汇演在悉尼成功举行。本次活动由新南威尔士大学孔子学院和新南威尔士州（下简称“新州”）中文教师协会共同举办，目的是为了促进新州汉语教育的推广。活动吸引了来自当地40所大中小学的800余名学生参加表演。
中国驻悉尼总事领馆总领事顾小杰、教育组参赞牛文起，新州影子水务部部长柯民思（Chris Minns MP)，新南威尔士大学高级副校长（Les Field），以及中澳工商政界、教育界、华人社团逾千名观众出席了本次活动。
莱斯·菲尔德表示，新州汉语教学的成果一年比一年出色。他认为，越来越多的学生已经意识到学习汉语的重要性，为迎接中澳关系深入发展的新时代做好准备。随后，西卡林福德小学(Carlingford West Public School)校长安德鲁·威廉姆森(Andrew Williamson)作为校长代表在致辞中表示，西卡林福德小学一直以来非常重视汉语教学，未来也会尽全力支持有关汉语教学和中国文化的活动。
SENAU October 25 (Andy Su) In its fourth year, the 2017 Chinese Language Spectacular took place on October 23 at Sydney Town Hall. Held each year, the Chinese Language Spectacular celebrates the cultural bridges and educational ties that connect the two countries. Jointly organized by the Confucius Institute at UNSW Sydney and the Chinese Language Teachers Association of NSW, the evening showcased the talents of Chinese language students across New South Wales (NSW), attracted the participation of approximately 800 students from 40 local schools and universities. More than 1000 audiences, including Consul General Gu Xiaojie and Education Counsellor Niu Wenqi of Chinese Consulate General in Sydney, Chris Minns MP, Shadow Minister for Water of NSW, Professor Les Field, Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor at UNSW Sydney, and politicians, businesspeople, educators, representatives from Chinese-Australian communities, attended this event.
Education Counsellor of the Chinese Consulate General in Sydney, Mr Niu Wenqi, spoke at the event and highlighted “the spirit of cultural exchange here in Australia”. He said, “I hope that with events like tonight’s Spectacular, we continue to build stronger bridges of friendship between our two countries. It is exciting to see young people engage with Chinese language and culture, as they are our future. It is through their efforts and understanding that the China-Australia connection will continue to flourish.” Mr Niu also acknowledged and thanked the organizers for their contribution to Chinese education in NSW, and the participating schools for their support of Chinese teaching.
Professor Les Field, Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor at UNSW Sydney, gave a speech and noted how “exciting it is to see Chinese language education thriving so well in our schools.” He commented that “at UNSW, we are seeing growing interest in Chinese Studies” and remarked how “these days, savvy students know the value of speaking Mandarin” especially as “the Australia-China story evolves into new and exciting areas.” Mr Andrew Williamson, Principal of Carlingford West Public School, also addressed the audience and touched on the valued importance of Chinese teaching and learning in his school, affirming his continued support for activities which allow students to engage with Chinese culture.
This year’s event coincides with the 45th anniversary of the establishment of Australian-Chinese diplomatic relations. The program included well-known Chinese and Australian songs, with choirs singing traditional bush ballads such as “Click Go the Shears” and “Waltzing Matilda”, as well as Chinese pop classics including “Singing and Smiling” (歌声与微笑), “Friends” (朋友) and “The Same Song” (同一首歌). The showcase concluded with students giving a Chinese and English rendition of “Auld Lang Syne” (友谊地久天长 – Friendship Forever), the（a）famous folk song？ which evokes sentiments of friendship as old as time.
In 2014, Confucius Institute at UNSW Sydney and the Chinese Language Teachers Association of NSW jointly produced the inaugural Chinese Language Spectacular at Sydney Town Hall to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Confucius Institute worldwide. More than 400 students from over 30 schools showcased their talents and Chinese language skills, with acts including poetry recitals, storytelling, rapping, choirs, musical ensembles and folk dance. Since its establishment, the Chinese Language Spectacular has become a flagship event of the Confucius Institute at UNSW Sydney and Chinese Language Teachers Association of NSW. The official themes of the 2015 and 2016 Chinese Language Spectacular were “Ancient Chinese Poetry” and “Harmony and Dreams” respectively. Participation in the event doubled in its second year, producing a showcase greater in scale. Both local and Chinese media have covered the Spectacular, noting its positive impact in boosting Chinese learning across NSW schools.