Cultural courses

 

Coventry University's Confucius Institute is dedicated to promoting understanding and appreciation of Chinese culture through a variety of cultural activities and workshops. These opportunities are open to students, staff and the wider community, fostering inclusivity and cultural exchange.

For the latest information regarding workshop dates, costs and how to book, please contact us.

Chinese calligraphy workshop

Discover the profound art of Chinese calligraphy, which encompasses more than just writing – it is a powerful means of expressing emotions. Chinese characters are imbued with dynamic qualities, carrying deep meanings and connections to the world and its elements, all within a harmonious framework. How can a simple character convey such depth? The mastery of brush and ink plays a crucial role. In our Chinese calligraphy workshop, our experienced Chinese teacher will expertly guide you through this captivating art form.

Tai Chi workshop

Our experienced Chinese teacher will expertly guide you through the traditional, powerful, and gentle art of Tai Chi, a form of wellbeing with numerous benefits.

Join us to learn this powerful and simple form of Tai Chi that can enhance your flexibility, improve overall fitness, and cultivate better balance. Through the practice of Tai Chi, you will experience the transformative benefits of deep breathing, promoting relaxation and mindfulness. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to explore meditation techniques that can help reduce stress and promote inner peace.

Our Tai Chi classes are taught using a simple, step-by-step method, making it accessible to everyone, regardless of previous experience or fitness level. Whether you are a beginner or have prior experience with Tai Chi, we warmly welcome all individuals interested in exploring this ancient practice.

Chinese paper cutting workshop

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

Chinese painting workshop

Chinese painting, which uses brush, ink and Chinese painting pigments to paint on special rice paper or silk, mainly involves figures, landscapes, flowers and birds. The techniques can be divided into fine brushwork and freehand brushwork, which are rich in traditional characteristics. The figure painting shows the human society and the relationship between people.

Chinese dancing workshop

What comes to mind when you think of Chinese dance? Is it the image of a classical beauty grace fully waving her sleeve, or a Chinese woman with captivating eyes? Perhaps it's the tender girl sheltered under an oil-paper umbrella or the delicately twisted orchid fingers, reminiscent of martial arts. Chinese dance encompasses the essence of traditional aesthetics while incorporating the modern aesthetic interests, offering a unique charm rooted in Chinese culture. The eyes follow the hands, the body gracefully rotates, and the breath floats and sinks. Each movement revitalizes us and promotes a healthy body.

Chinese dance combines artistic expression with physical fitness, offering a holistic approach to wellness. Through this course, you will not only master the beauty and grace of Chinese dance, but also benefit from its positive impact on your overall wellbeing.

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.

Tea ceremony

The concept of tea culture is referred to in Chinese as chayi (茶艺), 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.

The enchanting beauty of China

This is an immersive course designed to unveil the captivating world of Chinese travel and tourism. China, one of the world's oldest civilizations, beckons with a rich tapestry of cultural, natural, and historical wonders that enthral millions of visitors from every corner of the globe.

We embark on a fascinating journey, exploring the multifaceted realm of Chinese tourism. From the depths of its intriguing history and vibrant culture to the breathtaking expanse of its natural landscapes and modern marvels, we will uncover the secrets that make China an irresistible destination.

 
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