To celebrate the 90th anniversary of the Overseas Community Affairs Council (OCAC) and the successful completion of the first semester of the Taiwan Centre for Mandarin Learning in Ireland (TCMLI), Dublin School of Mandarin Chinese (DSMC) held a DuanWu Chinese Character Festival on June 6th, the last day of the June bank holiday, also to celebrate one of the main festivals in Asia, the Dragon Boat Festival. This event is not also to promote the traditional characteristic, but also to allow students at the TCMLI and the DSMC have more opportunities to experience Taiwanese culture and immerse themselves in Mandarin.
The event organizer Evan Furlong curated the event with two academic competitions, namely Seal Script Art and Typing, three workshops, traditional games, and Chinese calligraphy T-shirt DIY. The event also offered all kinds of famous Taiwanese food which were prepared by Taiwanese expatriates, including Taiwanese meatball dumplings, bubble tea, sausages, sweet bread, zongzi, etc. for guests to purchase. The cultural festival also raised 270 euros for local charity assisting Ukrainian families. Thanks to Tina Jan for providing tea, snacks, candied fruits and tea eggs in exchange for free donations. The DuanWu Chinese Character Festival attracted 240 people to sign up.
DMSC Principal Evan Furlong hosted the seal script art competition, while the typing competition was hosted by TCMLI students Robert Delahunty and Roy Healy, DSMC teacher Tess Hong led the zongzi origami workshop, Tracy Hou led everyone to experience the tea ceremony, DSMC student Dylan taught chess, Chaohong Liu brought the atmosphere of traditional games to the highest point. There was food, drink, and play at the scene, so that all the guests at the gathering could sweep away the haze of the epidemic in the past two years. One hour before the end of the event, DSMC principal led the workshop of Chinese calligraphy T-shirts with fabric paint, giving each guest the opportunity to make their own Chinese calligraphy T-shirts to bring home.
In this event, we would like to thank Ambassador Dr Pierre Yang from the Taipei representative office in Ireland for coming and the first secretary officers Christina Hong and Chris Tsai for their work as judges. Congratulations to the top three contestants in the typing competition: Javi, Roisin & Dylan and the top three in the seal scripts art competition Yes: Saorise, Aoibhinn & Liam. The event also gave away 20 Taiwan Bear Care Packs. The principal thanked everyone for attending and a special tribute to OCAC for its sponsorship.