If you are interested in learning more about China and its history, language and culture, you will have a great opportunity to do so in Tucson.
The Confucius Institute at the University of Arizona is presenting its first Chinese Culture Festival from Saturday, September 22nd until Sunday, September 30th.
The week-long event in different parts of town will focus on topics such as health, music and martial arts.
"Our mission is to enhance people's understanding and appreciation of Chinese language and culture," says Zhao Chen, UA professor and co-director of the Confucius Institute.
An estimated 40 million people around the world are studying Chinese language and culture, and that includes Austin Davis.
Davis is majoring in accounting and finance at the university, but he is also an intern of the Confucius Institute.
"When I knew what I was going to do major-wise, I needed to pick a language, and after looking over the options this one really stuck out because not only is China's economy booming and there's tons of opportunities for business there, but learning a language opens up so many doors to other cultures," Davis says.
The festival begins with Chinese Health Day on September 22nd, from 8 a.m. to noon at Reid Park's DeMeester Performance Center.
It concludes on Sunday, September 30th at 7 p.m. with a Moon Festival Concert at UA Crowder Hall.
Some of the other events will be held at the Tucson Chinese Cultural Center, which is located at 1288 West River Road.