The 2021 International Confucius Cultural Festival will begin at the end of September and will explore the innovative development of the heritage of Confucius

A 72-meter statue of Confucius stands atop NiShan Sacredland Photo: Shan Jie/GT

The 2021 Confucius International Cultural Festival is set to kick off on Sept. 27 in Qufu, east China’s Shandong Province, the birthplace of Confucius, the famous ancient Chinese philosopher whose legacy of wisdom remains influential in the world today. whole world.

The 2021 festival will include both online and offline events aimed at embracing fans of Confucian culture around the world.

The online section will adopt the main theme of “Commemorating Confucius in the Cloud” as it brings together more than 40 domestic and foreign institutions related to Confucian culture, including the Confucius Institute in Hong Kong and the China-Australia Cultural Communication Center. , to organize media-supported activities such as live broadcasts of book readings and encourage participants to create their own short videos on the subject of “Confucius in my mind”.

“This year, we chose digital platforms to promote traditional Chinese culture as a way to engage more participants and show how our new generations inherit ancient culture,” said Li, a staff member in charge of the section. online from the festival, to the Global Times.

In order to make Confucius’ legacy more “switchable”, the event team will also launch an online memorial ceremony, which the public can access using a provided QR code.

Offline events will take place at Confucius Temple in Qufu. It comprises three sections – Music, Ode and Dance – which will see the major ceremonies in the city and at the temple incorporate various dance and symphonic chorus performances.

The Ode section will be particularly special, as it will invite people from different walks of life such as construction workers, students and medical workers to read excerpts from the Confucian classic The Analects.

In addition to this, nearly 20 Confucian institutes will also collaboratively launch an initiative for lovers of Chinese culture and Confucianism around the world to commemorate the ancient thinker on his 2,572nd birthday.

“Ancient Chinese philosophies such as Confucianism and Taoism have become increasingly popular and praised in Western culture. Deep and metaphysical Confucian thought has always inspired me because wisdom is a universally shared value that crosses barriers cultural,” Holly Ho, an East Asian philosophy lover in the UK, told the Global Times on Wednesday.

The festival will also organize a forum to discuss cultural civilizations in the context of global cooperation. Specific topics such as cultural strength in the global fight against COVID-19, cultural diversity and integrated development of the world will be presented at the forum, which will be attended by more than 100 scholars from home and abroad.

“We used to talk about learning and inheriting the Confucian heritage, in the future we need to find more innovative ways to pass it on to our future generations.” Li added.

Founded in 1989, the International Confucius Cultural Festival is one of the largest nationally and internationally supported tourism festivals integrating culture, tourism, and academic and scientific research with the aim of promoting ancient Chinese culture.

Darcy J. Skinner