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Confucius Institute Day

The Grandmaster

The Confucius Institute at the University of Minnesota will host a FREE day of martial arts-themed fun at its annual Confucius Institute Day festivities held at the University of Minnesota’s Northrop Memorial Auditorium on Saturday, September 17, 2016.

The morning’s activity will be a martial arts demonstration. Guests can stop by Northrop Plaza between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to observe performers and learn moves of their own. The first 200 guests will receive Confucius Day T-shirts, as well as Chinese snacks and tea from event sponsor Chatime.

In the afternoon, guests are invited to a showing of “The Grandmaster” inside Northrop Auditorium’s Best Buy Theatre beginning at 1 p.m. The Oscar-nominated film, directed by Hong Kong native Kar-Wai Wong, depicts the life story of Bruce Lee’s martial arts teacher and will delight audiences with its nonstop action.

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