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Confucius Institute Day to promote hidden history of Chinese myths and legends

For Release Upon Receipt - October 5, 2016

St. Augustine

ST. AUGUSTINE, Trinidad and Tobago. September 29, 2016 – How do you encompass the culture of over 1.3 billion people into one day? Through its myths and legends, the Confucius Institute at The University of the West Indies (UWI) will do just that at its 3rd annual Confucius Institute Day. Chinese costumes, craft and culture will all be on display at the event which takes place this Saturday, October 1.    

The global institution of the Confucius Institute is commemorating its 12th anniversary this year, and the Confucius Institute Day is really the celebration of this milestone. Locally, the celebrations will take the form of an all-day (10am to 3pm) series of events at the Chinese Association of Trinidad and Tobago, 7 St. Ann’s Road. The event is free and open to the public.  

Among the activities planned are Chinese Calligraphy where attendees can try their hand at Chinese calligraphy, learn about the origin and evolution of Chinese calligraphy through interactive games and even make their own calligraphy masterpiece; Costume Corner, where persons can try on and learn about the unique clothing worn by Chinese ethnic minority groups; the Message Wall, where persons will learn how to write a brief message on their experience at the event in Chinese; the Mini Education Fair to learn more about opportunities to pursue short-term and long-term higher education studies in China; as well as the Welcome to the Confucius Institute Booth to learn more about our Chinese language and culture activities and even participate in a short Mandarin Chinese class. There will also be lion and dragon dances, glitter tattoos, face painting and Chinese food on sale throughout the day.


For further information, please call Ms. Janine Lutchman at 662-2002 ext. 83213 or email




About the Confucius Institute 

The Confucius Institute at The UWI St. Augustine is a centre for Mandarin Chinese language teaching and the promotion of Chinese culture. It is operated in partnership with China Agricultural University (CAU) and the Office of Chinese Language Council International (Hanban).  

The CI at The UWI St. Augustine is unique in that it is the product of an agreement between the governments of the People’s Republic of China and Trinidad and Tobago. Officially established on October 23rd 2013, it is the first institute of its kind in Trinidad and Tobago, and the second in the Caribbean region. Our goal is to encourage and strengthen cultural exchange and co-operation between China and Trinidad and Tobago, and to provide educational resources for learners of the Chinese language. 


About The UWI

Since its inception in 1948, The University of the West Indies (UWI) has evolved from a fledgling college in Jamaica with 33 students to a full-fledged, regional University with well over 40,000 students. Today, UWI is the largest, most longstanding higher education provider in the Commonwealth Caribbean, with four campuses in Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and the Open Campus. The UWI has faculty and students from more than 40 countries and collaborative links with 160 universities globally; it offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Food & Agriculture, Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Science and Technology and Social Sciences. UWI’s seven priority focal areas are linked closely to the priorities identified by CARICOM and take into account such over-arching areas of concern to the region as environmental issues, health and wellness, gender equity and the critical importance of innovation. Website:


(Please note that the proper name of the university is The University of the West Indies, inclusive of the “The”, hence The UWI.)