Cultural Courses

Cultural Courses

Coventry University Confucius Institute offers cultural activities and workshops to help promote the understanding Chinese culture. Our courses are open to students, staff and the wider community.

Chinese Calligraphy 

Chinese calligraphy is not just a way 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. Our Chinese teacher will guide you through this fascinating Chinese art. 

Course Start date: Start the week of 10 February 2020

When: Thursday 12:00 - 13:00pm 

Where: GE103, George Eliot Building

Duration: 10 week course

Course cost: £40 per person. The cost includes all calligraphy materials.

Minimum of three and maximum of fifteen participants are required to run the course


Tai Chi Beginners Club

Our Chinese 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).

Course Start Date: Starts the week of 10 February 2020

When: Thursday 3-4pm or Friday 3-4pm

Duration: 10 week course.

Course Cost: £30 per person.


Chinese Arts and Crafts for Beginners​

Chinese arts are some of the oldest in the world having a rich heritage and deep cultural ties. Our course will introduce you to a range of arts including Chinese painting, paper cutting and other crafts.​

Course Start Date: Starts the week of 10 February 2020

When: Wednesday 12-1pm

Duration: 10 week course

Course Cost: £40 per person. The cost includes all materials. Minimum of three and maximum of ten participants are required to run the course.

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

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.

Chinese Paper Cutting

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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