Events at the Confucius Institute


The Confucius Institute runs a variety of events throughout the year, from regular meet-ups like Chinese corner to annual events such as the China summer camp and Chinese Bridge competition.

You are also welcome to join us in our Chinese festival celebrations, when we organise a range of events showcasing the richness and diversity of traditional festival customs, giving you the chance to immerse yourself in Chinese culture. Many of these opportunities are free of charge and open to students, staff and the wider community, fostering inclusivity and cultural exchange.

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

China summer camp

We are excited to offer a 14-day journey to China exclusively available to all language students of the Confucius Institute. This unforgettable trip will take you on an exploration of two remarkable cities – Beijing and Nanchang. Immerse yourself in the vibrant culture, awe-inspiring landmarks and dynamic atmosphere of modern China while further enhancing your language skills through our esteemed partner university, Jiangxi University of Finance and Economics.

You will have the chance to engage with local communities, experience authentic Chinese cuisine, and forge lasting connections with fellow students and professionals in the field. This trip is designed not only to expand your linguistic abilities but also to broaden your global perspective, foster cultural understanding, and create cherished memories that will stay with you for a lifetime.

The trip exceeded all my expectations because of how many places we got to see and how many activities we were able to take part in, like sightseeing in Beijing, Nanchang and Jingdezhen, the chance to do anything that we wanted for a day and the calligraphy and tea ceremony classes. I learned so much about Chinese culture and life. I particularly enjoyed Prof. Xiao Long's lecture on Chinese history which she related to her own upbringing and showed with clarity how much China has developed over the past 40 years.

Feedback from students who have previously participated in the China summer camp
A group of Confucius Institute language students smiling for the camera with the Great Wall of China behind them.

Chinese Bridge competition

Chinese Bridge is a national event that brings together top-performing students from various Confucius Institutes, showcasing their language proficiency and cultural skills. At the Confucius Institute at Coventry University, we take great pride in the achievements of our contestants in this competition. In the 22nd Chinese Bridge Chinese Proficiency Competition 2023 UK Regional Final, our contestant received esteemed accolades including the titles of "Ambassador of Chinese Culture and Tourism Promotion in the UK 2023", "Most Eloquent Contestant" and "Most Popular Contestant".

As we look forward to future competitions, we encourage aspiring individuals who are passionate about Chinese language and culture to consider participating. If you believe you have what it takes to compete in the Chinese Bridge competition, we invite you to get in touch with us. We are excited to provide support, guidance and training to potential entrants, helping them prepare and excel in this prestigious event.

Traditional Chinese festival celebrations

Traditional Chinese festivals hold great cultural significance and are cherished by people around the world. Among the major festivals are the Spring Festival, Tomb-sweeping Day, the Dragon Boat Festival and the Mid-Autumn Festival. These occasions offer a wonderful opportunity to immerse yourself in the vibrant customs and traditions of Chinese culture.

During these festivals, we organise a range of events to celebrate traditional festival customs. We look forward to welcoming you to our festive events and sharing the wonders of Chinese festival traditions with you.

International Chinese Day

Every year on April 20, we celebrate International Chinese Day, an event established by the UN Department of Public Information in 2010. This special occasion serves as a platform to honour multilingualism, cultural diversity and the equal use of all six official working languages within the organisation. The significance of April 20 lies in paying tribute to Cangjie, a mythical figure believed to have pioneered the invention of Chinese characters approximately 5,000 years ago. This date serves as a reminder of the rich history and profound impact of Chinese characters on human communication and cultural heritage.

Join us on April 20 as we come together to celebrate the beauty and significance of the Chinese language. Let us embrace the spirit of multilingualism and cultural diversity, fostering a world where all languages are valued and respected.

Chinese corner

Discover the world of the Chinese Corner, a gathering of Chinese language enthusiasts eager to share and exchange their learning experiences. This engaging activity provides a platform for individuals passionate about Chinese language and culture to come together and connect.

At the Chinese Corner we explore a wide range of themes that cater to diverse interests. From learning traditional Chinese chess and cards to enjoying captivating Chinese movies, each gathering offers a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in Chinese language and customs.

Expand your network, make new friends, and foster meaningful connections within the community of Chinese language enthusiasts. Join us at the Chinese Corner and experience the joy of learning and sharing in a fun and engaging setting.

Perspectives on China

Presented by the Coventry University Confucius Institute, Perspectives on China is an engaging lecture series that offers an exploration of modern China. With esteemed speakers who possess unique expertise and insights, these talks provide a comprehensive understanding of various aspects of China's dynamic landscape. Our lectures encompass a wide range of topics, allowing attendees to delve into diverse subjects such as the thriving Chinese automotive industry, the intricacies of intellectual property law, and the significance of 'guanxi' (relationship building). Each session is carefully curated to provide attendees with valuable knowledge and a deeper appreciation for the multifaceted nature of China.

The lectures are open to the public and completely free of charge, ensuring accessibility for all those seeking to expand their knowledge and cultural horizons.

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