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The Confucius Institute holds other inspirational events that complement its Chinese language and culture courses. These include flagship annual concerts, public talks, workshops, scholarships, and study tours.


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Past events


In celebration of Lunar New Year, the Confucius Institute would like to invite you to experience the 2020 Sydney Lunar Festival’s Lunar Lanterns Exhibition, guided by The Rat Lantern artist Claudia Chan Shaw. Sydney born creative Claudia Chan Shaw has a multi-faceted career as an installation artist, photo artist, curator, fashion designer, broadcaster and author. Her knowledge of contemporary Australian art and design is nothing short of prodigious. 

Always a wonderful blend of traditional iconography and modern technology, this year’s lanterns have been created by leading artists and studios including amigo and amigo, Guan Wei, Laurens Tan and Quian Jian Hua.

Take a short stroll around Circular Quay to experience the 12 installations with all their wit, sumptuousness and joyfulness with this informative and exclusive guided walk.

This tour is limited to 30 people, so book now!


Sunday 9 Feb, 6:00pm-7:30pm 

Meeeting Point: 
6:00pm sharp at The Dragon Lantern, Museum of Contemporary Art
(the waterside entrance)

Price: Free


Thank you to everyone who attended our Beibei Wang and Taikoz: Rhythms of the World on 22 September 2019.

Beibei and Taikoz lit up the stage with an astounding display of musicianship and artistry, receiving glowing compliments from all those in attendance. A big thank you for your magnificent performance!

Special mentions to our partners: Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, and China Southern Airlines for your generous support; as well as the staff members and student volunteers that worked tirelessly behind the scenes. Your contribution was integral to the event’s success.


We were delighted to have the Confucius Institute Headquarters delegation, led by Dr Jing Wei, Deputy Chief Executive, visit the University of Sydney on 8 July. On behalf of the University, Dr Michael Spence, Vice-Chancellor and Principal AC; Prof Katherine Belov, Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Global Engagement; and Ms Xing Jin, Executive Director of Confucius Institute, welcomed and met the delegation.

The parties had a fruitful discussion relating to Australia-China cooperation and exchanges in the field of education and culture, as well as the further development trends and strategies of Confucius Institutes around the world.


The University of Sydney Confucius Institute and Lotus Dining Group are excited to bring you an Exclusive Mother’s Day Lunch at The Gardens by Lotus.

Located inside the tranquil and elegant Chinese Garden of Friendship, The Gardens by Lotus is a one-of-a-kind Chinese dining experience: a modern interpretation of a traditional Chinese teahouse. The menu complements its location, offering traditional Chinese dishes with an innovative twist.

Celebrate Mother’s Day in this beautiful city oasis; sit back and relax, and let us delight you with exquisite Chinese music and delicious food, and provide you with some intimate memories to take home.

Special features

  • A set menu of delicious Chinese cuisine and tea
  • Beautiful view of the Chinese garden
  • Chinese music live performance (30 minutes)
  • A photo of your group by a professional photographer
  • Head chef personally introduces the menu
  • Intimate time with your loved ones

Date: 5 May 2019, 12-2pm

Location: The Gardens by Lotus, Chinese Garden of Friendship, Pier St, Darling Harbour NSW 2000

Fee: $55pp (min. 2 people per booking)

Spaces are limited. Book now


To support the Australian National Maritime Museum’s latest exhibition On Sharks & Humanity, the Confucius Institute organised a guided tour and a Lunar New Year celebratory lunch for our partners and Chinese media on 22 February 2019. Together we learnt that sharks—much maligned and misunderstood—are critical to our oceans’ ecosystems.

The Museum is Australia’s centre for maritime collections, exhibitions, research, and archaeology. Until 2 June, this thought-provoking exhibition of shark protection showcases works from some of China’s leading contemporary artists, such as Chen Wenling, Fan Xiaoyan, Fan Xueyi, Gao Xiaowu, Li Hui, Li Jiwei, Ren Zhe, Wang Luyan, Weng Fen, Xia Hang, Yang Kai, Zheng Lu, Zou Liang and more.

Find out more about the Maritime Museum and exhibition


Check out the Australian National Maritime Museum's latest exhibition On Sharks & Humanity (from now until 2 June 2019). The Confucius Institute proudly supports this thought-provoking exhibition about shark protection showcasing work from some of China’s leading contemporary artists.