The Tianjin Conservatory of Music’s dance troupe will kick off the 20th anniversary celebration of the Chinese Association of Iowa.
Drake University’s Chinese Cultural Exchange Program will host the 20th anniversary celebration of the Chinese Association of Iowa (CAI) with a performance by the Tianjin Conservatory of Music’s dance troupe on Saturday, Sept. 22. The event will start at 7 p.m. on Jordan Stage in Sheslow Auditorium, Old Main, 2507 University Avenue.
“This is an excellent group in China, and we have been working very hard to bring it to Iowa,” said CAI president Will Zhang.
Much like Drake, The Tianjin Conservatory of Music hosts many international students and academic conferences. The conservatory was established in 1958 and remains the only professional music university in Tianjin, which is south of Beijing. The dance group will tour in Iowa and also perform at the University of Iowa and Iowa State University.
Drake’s Chinese Cultural Exchange Program facilitates exchanges with educational institutions in China for faculty, students and graduates, and helps fulfill Drake’s mission to “provide and exceptional learning environment that prepares students for meaningful personal lives, professional accomplishments and responsible global citizenship.”
“Drake has been connected with members of the Chinese Association of Iowa for many years, and CAI along with Iowa Sister States have been key in developing the relationships that are now the foundation for Drake’s Chinese Cultural Exchange Program,” said Kirk Martin, director of the program.
Founded in 1987, the Chinese Association of Iowa aims to reach out to the Chinese-American community to educate, support and promote businesses and culture, and recognize achievements of members and citizens for their contributions.
Tickets will be available at the door and cost is $20 for non-CAI members and $5 for members and Drake students. For more information about tickets, contact Kirk Martin at 515-271-3035 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
In conjunction with the dance performance, Drake will also co-host an afternoon reception and award ceremony on Saturday, Sept. 22, with Iowa Sister States and CAI.