A day of free activities organised by the Nottingham Confucius Institute.
Established in 2007, Nottingham Confucius Institute (NCI) is a not-for-profit organisation based at the University of Nottingham with a mission to promote Chinese language and culture. In addition to our Mandarin courses, we engage with local communities through various projects and events to enhance understanding between China and the UK. Join us to find out more about China and what we have to offer.
- Chinese Arts and Crafts Workshop and Calligraphy Taster Session
11am-2:30pm: Angear Visitor Centre, Lakeside Arts.
Join us to make beautiful origami flowers of your own to keep, frame and decorate your home. You can also have a go at writing your name in Chinese with traditional brush and ink with help from our NCI volunteers.
Free. No need to book, just drop in; suitable for ages 2+.
- Public Lecture: “Confucius and LU Xun: Traditions and Modern China”
1pm-2:30pm, Lecture Theatre A30, Lakeside Arts.
Speaker: Dr Li Nan, NCI China Director; Professor of Chinese Literature, Fudan University
Chinese Confucian culture has existed as a mainstream culture for over 2,000 years. But during the late Qing Dynasty, China embarked on a path of modernisation that challenged many accepted tenets of Confucianism. The May 4th Movement, where modern intellectuals led by LU Xun in 1919 embraced Western ideas, starkly encapsulated this drive for change. The speaker will examine this period and look into how Chinese traditional culture is being modernised now in the era of “globalisation”.
- Tai Chi Taster Session
15:00-16:30, Angear Visitor Centre, Lakeside Arts.
Instructor: Alison, Tai Chi Nottingham
Originating in ancient China, Tai Chi is one of the most effective exercises that help with balance, co-ordination, peace of mind and a healthier body. Try out this gentle and relaxing martial art and learn a new way to focus the mind, develop creative ideas and generally feel good
Loose clothing and light sports footwear recommended
Suitable for ages 12+.