Mid-Autumn Festival activities wrap up for another year


Today officially wraps up a busy Mid-Autumn Festival period for us here at the Confucius Institute. Just released this morning was a Lantern Making Workshop in partnership with OzAsia Festival. More information can be found below, along with information about an exciting talk coming up as part of their 'OzAsia Talks' series this year. It is fantastic to see so much still happening despite the festival not being held in the same capacity. We can't wait to see what 2021 looks like for OzAsia Festival!

Another lesser known event on Chinese calendar is also coming up on October 25th, called Chongyang Festival, or the Double Ninth Festival. Join our conversation corner today to learn more about this special festival and improve your Mandarin skills. 

This weeks image was taken by Gary Mei in Sichuan, of lake Yading. Don't forget to send in your China travel images for us to share!


What's New

Moon Lantern Parade: Lantern Making Workshop

Join us from home or your classroom for a digital lantern making workshop by artist Paula Gallagher.

OzAsia Festival’s Moon Lantern Parade has a very important history, founded in the traditions of the Mid-Autumn Festival. Each year, tens of thousands of people to come together in one magnificent day-long celebration that culminates in Australia’s largest lantern parade.

Now you can have fun creating moon lanterns of your own! Design, make and decorate your lantern with the help of an online video and the downloadable resources below!

Download the materials here and watch the instructional video on YouTube here.  For teachers, download a special guide and resources here


Chinese Conversation Corner

Every Tuesday and Friday, 4:00-5:00pm (ACST) via Zoom

Friday Topics:
October 23 - The Double Ninth Festival in China 中国的重阳节
October 30 - Interesting Chinese—Polysemy 2 (Words with more than one meaning)  趣味汉语—一词多义 2

We also hold Chinese Conversation Corner on Tuesday's where learner's can team up with a language partner and get personalised help.

For more information about the program click here. To register email us.

Missed a week? All the worksheets from the previous topics will now be available online, click here


OzAsia Talks - 'No (Under)Standing Any Time'​

Tuesday 27 October 11:00am (ACST)

Chinese-Australian university professor Jing Han, who helps provide English subtitles for popular Chinese reality TV show If You Are the One, will appear in a panel discussion about cross-cultural communication later this month.

The panel, No (Under)Standing Any Time, will be held as part of OzAsia Talks – an online series presented by OzAsia Festival, Australia’s leading contemporary arts festival engaging with Asia.

For more information on this talk can be found here


Ongoing Programs

Nihao 你好 Mate 
Click here to view our latest episode.

Children's Activities
We have 17 worksheets available on different language and cultural topics. To see the full range of worksheet activities click here.

Chinese Cultural Workshop Video
To view our cultural workshop videos click here.

Private Tuition
To find out more email us.

Our full list of online programs can be found here 


Chengyu of the week

Chengyu 成语 are a type of Chinese idiom which mostly consist of four characters. They were widely used in classical Chinese and are still commonly used today.

Direct Translation: each express self see
Meaning: everyone gives their own view

Click here to learn more about this chengyu and how to use it.


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