ART… THE MOTHER OF COMMUNICATION
By: Nomvula Ndlovu
“Art defies all odds”
This was the message artists from the University of Fujian imparted to their audience, through their series of performances at the Confucuis Institution 10TH Annual Anniversary at Fred Crookes Sports Centre on Monday.
The event, which was initiated by the Durban University of Technology’s Confucius Institute connected students to the Chinese language and culture.
Students from the University Fujian artistically displayed the rich culture and diversity in China and it history.
The Co-Dean at DUTs Confucius Institute Dr Eddie Chaobo FU said that event aims to introduce Chinese traditions such as dance, music and martial arts to DUT students.
“Today is a very special day in China, it marks the Moon festival which is the second most important tradition in China. We invited artist from the University of Fujian to give performances and share the holiday with their brothers and sisters in the institution,” he said.
Drama studies students filled the hall to capacity to experience the art styles China has to offer.
“It is exciting to know that we relate with people from other countries and continents. As a drama student myself, I was captivated by their artwork. Even though I could not understand their language, their facial expressions told the story perfectly,” said Drama student Sanelisiwe Ndlovu.
The Head of the Drama Department, Professor Debbie Lugte mentioned that it is important for artists to communication with one another across a global context.
“It is an advantage for the students studying with us because they get the opportunity to exchange in terms of culture, global communication and art. Getting knowledge first hand is far better then reading about it,” Lugte concluded.