From 15 to 17 February at the University of Aveiro
UA and the Confucius Institute promote three days of international conference Portugal-China
A conferência sobre as relações Portugal-China decorre de 15 a 17 de fevereiro
Three days of debate and multidisciplinary and multicultural dialogue that reflect well the strong relations between Portugal and China. That is how Carlos Morais, one of the two directors of the Confucius Institute of the University of Aveiro, describes the International Conference “Intercultural Dialogues Portugal-China”, held from 15 to 17 February, at the University of Aveiro (UA). The director did not hide his surprise at the high number of active participants in the relations between the two countries he has identified while the event’s programme was being defined.

Plenary and simultaneous sessions and round tables, painting workshops and Chinese calligraphy, music and theatre shows, various parallel activities, five exhibitions, of which stand out Chinese musical instruments, held at the Aveiro Museum /Santa Joana, between 15 February and 5 March. These are some of the various activities included in the programme of the International Conference “Intercultural Dialogues Portugal-China”. The debate will focus on various areas related to the relations between China and Portugal that, as reminds Carlos Morais, has a long history of relationship with that Asian country.

In this meeting, promoted by the Confucius Institute of the University of Aveiro, in partnership with the departments of Languages and Cultures (DLC), Art and Communication (DeCA), Economics, Management, Industrial Engineering and Tourism (DEGEIT) and Social, Political and Territorial Sciences (DCSPT), participate around sixty professors, researchers and students, technicians, representatives of associations, musicians, disseminators, writers. Members of the UA and of other higher education institutions. Portuguese and Chinese. On the last day of the conference, at 10h30, the awards of the competition “Legends of China –Confucius Institute Arts 2016 award” will be announced.

At the opening session are expected the Secretary of State of Higher Education and the Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China. The Mayors of three cities – Aveiro, São João da Madeira and Espinho – partners of the Confucius Institute of the UA in the teaching of Mandarin, will be equally represented.

Activities will be held in various places, although the event’s central point will be in the auditorium of the Department of Communication and Art (DeCA) of the UA.

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