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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.

Chinese Calligraphy

5:00pm – 6:00pm Friday

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.

Where: Coventry University- George Elliot GE 103

Duration: 1 hour class, once per week, 10-week course starts 16th February 2018

Cost: £30.00/person for 10 week course. The cost includes all the calligraphy material

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

Tai Chi

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: University Sports Centre, Whitefriars Street, Coventry, CV1 2DS

When: 3pm - 4pm, May 18th – June 22nd

Duration: 45-minute class, once per week

Reserve your place

Under the interactive Sports Active brochure in the black rectangular box, you will see a list of tabs: About, Come and Play, Lessons, and Leagues. Please click on Lessons and scroll down to the bottom of the page to find our course.

Chinese Chess

All levels are welcomed, we are happy to teach beginners too!

Where: Confucius Institute (GE103)

When: Every Friday, 12:30pm - 2pm

Spaces limited to 14 people, no fees apply.

To reserve your place please email us on

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.

Traditional Chinese Dance

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.

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