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Award-winning Chinese martial arts troupe wows Preston audience

30 September 2015

Lyndsey Boardman

Martial arts experts help to celebrate UCLan Confucius Institute anniversary

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has welcomed an international award-winning Chinese martial arts troupe to Preston to mark the seventh anniversary of its Confucius Institute.

The troupe, led by 2008 Beijing Olympic Wushu gold medallist Zhao Qingjian, entertained a crowd at UCLan with their performance of The Beauty of Wushu and Dance which included nine set pieces and an audience participation kung fu set.

The martial arts troupe is made up of students from the Capital University of Physical Education and Sports in Beijing and was invited to Preston by the Director of UCLan Confucius Institute Feixia Yu. As well as performing on campus, the troupe also took the show into the community with an appearance at Fulwood Leisure Centre.

“Someone told me that we have brought a piece of real China to Preston which is a great accolade.”

Feixia commented: “It was a magnificent performance and a great way to mark our seventh anniversary. Someone told me that we have brought a piece of real China to Preston which is a great accolade. These students have practised Wushu from a very young age and have performed all over the world so it really was an honour to bring them to Preston and share the experience with the local community.”

UCLan is keen to form closer links with the Beijing university and is already in talks around sports research collaborations and possible student exchange programmes to promote sports coaching, nutrition and physical education.

The event also celebrated the eleventh anniversary of the global Confucius Institute movement as well as the Chinese Moon Festival. The UCLan Confucius Institute was established in 2008 and exists to host Chinese language and culture events on campus and in the local communities.

See more pictures of the anniversary celebrations.