16 May 2013
The University of Central Lancashire’s (UCLan) Chinese Language and Culture festival ended with a kite-flying grand finale in Preston’s Avenham Park.
Organised by the University’s Confucius Institute, the high flying event allowed local people to make their own kites with help from the park rangers, sample Chinese food, dance along to the Worldwise Centre’s Samba Drummers and try their hand at Chinese brush painting, and paper folding.
“The event was a fantastic way to end a very successful festival and to share China’s traditions with local people. People were able to try something completely new and learn about a different culture.”
Preston’s Mayor Councillor Carl Crompton joined in all the fun, including taking part in the drumming and paper cutting, and helped children to paint their kite designs whilst the Director of UCLan’s Confucius Institute Feixia Yu entertain visitors by demonstrating tai chi.
Feixia Yu said: “The event was a fantastic way to end a very successful festival and to share China’s traditions with local people. People were able to try something completely new and learn about a different culture.”
The event was part of a four-week festival organised by UCLan to share the many aspects of Chinese culture with the local community. Other events included calligraphy lessons, tea ceremonies, Chinese film screenings, Chinese language tasters and guest lectures at the University.