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Preston samples Chinese culture

Lyndsey Boardman

UCLan festival invites community to Chinese Language and Culture festival

Testing out Tai Chi, learning to speak Chinese and sampling specialist Chinese tea are just some of the activities on offer over the next four weeks at the University of Central Lancashire’s (UCLan) Chinese Language and Culture festival.

UCLan Confucius Institute has organised over 15 free events until the 11 May to share the many aspects of Chinese culture with local people. This includes calligraphy lessons, tea ceremonies, Chinese film screenings, Chinese language tasters and guest lectures at the University.

“We want to encourage people to try something that they may have never done before.”

The festival coincides with the UN Chinese Language Day on the 20 April and to celebrate UCLan Confucius Institute will host over 50 children from local secondary schools for a day of events designed to introduce pupils to the country’s language, dialects and culture.

The Director of UCLan Confucius Institute Feixia Yu commented: “The festival provides an opportunity to learn new language skills and share China’s traditions with the local community. We want to encourage people to try something that they may have never done before.”

To find out more about the festival’s events visit www.uclan.ac.uk/confuciusinstitute or email confuciusinstitute@uclan.ac.uk.