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Cultural Courses

Cultural Courses

Coventry University Confucius Institute will offer cultural activities and workshops to help promote the understanding Chinese culture. These activities are open to students, staff and the wider community.

Tai Chi

8:00am – 8:45am Tuesday

Our Chinese Hanban teacher will guide you through this traditional, powerful and yet gentle form of wellbeing

Learn a powerful and simple form of Tai Chi – can help you become more flexible, improve general fitness and develop better balance; experience the benefits of deep breathing; learn about meditation techniques which may help reduce stress. Taught in a simple, step-by-step method. Everyone welcome (minimum age 18).

Where: Coventry University- George Elliot CW154

Duration: 45-minute class, once per week

10-week course starts 3th October 2017            

10-week courses starts 13th February 2018

Traditional Chinese Dance

5pm– 6pm Tuesday

Our Chinese Hanban teacher will guide you through this traditional, gentle and yet powerful form of wellbeing.

Join our Traditional Chinese Dance class – a gentle way to learn the ‘figure’, ‘expression’, ‘strength’, ‘spirit’ and ‘rhyme’ of this classical dance. Traditional Chinese fans, umbrellas, silk ribbons and long sleeved dresses will be also used to provide an authentic experience. Everyone welcomed (minimum age: 18).

Where: Coventry University, George Elliot, CW154

Duration: 60-minute class, once per week

10-week course starts 4th October 2017            

10-week courses starts 14th February 2018

Cost: £20.00/person for 10 weeks course of Taichi or Traditional Chinese Dance

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Disclaimer: Participants take part at their own risk; if you have any concerns as to suitability of this Tai Chi and/or Traditional Chinese dance programme for you, please seek advice from your doctor before joining the class

On request, or sometimes as part of our Mandarin language classes, we also offer the courses below:

Chinese Calligraphy

Chinese calligraphy is referred to in Chinese as Shūfǎ (书法), the way of writing and it is regarded as one of the arts 艺术 yìshù as it is not only a method of writing but also a way to express one's emotions.

Chinese characters are dynamic, they contain deep meaning, they are connected to the surrounding world and its elements and yet they are contained within a balanced framework. How can a simple character convey all this? The use of brush and ink has much to do with it.

This course requires no prior knowledge of Chinese language/writing. You will practice the basics of Chinese calligraphy and get introduced to the main Chinese calligraphy styles, and also learn more about the cultural and historical message of the characters you write.

Tea Ceremony

The concept of tea culture is referred to in Chinese as chayi (荼艺), the art of drinking tea. In traditional Chinese society, members of the younger generation show their respect to members of the older generation by offering a cup of tea. Despite the huge moderation occurred in China over the last 20 years, drinking and offering tea is still a crucial part in lives of the Chinese and in the way they socialise.

By joining our tea ceremony, you will learn and experience first-hand the fascinating Chinese art of making and drinking tea.

Traditional Chinese Dance

Chinese paper-cuts, is referred to in Chinese as jianzhi (剪纸), are used for religious and ceremonial purposes and as decorations. They can also adorn walls, windows, doors, columns, mirrors, lamps and lanterns in homes. Chinese people believe that the red paper-cuts on the door can bring good luck and happiness to the whole family. The paper-cuts are more often seen during traditional Chinese festivals, particularly in Chinese New Year, the Spring Festival. In Chinese traditional culture, paper-cuts can reflect many aspects of life such as prosperity, health, or harvest.

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