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Lancaster University Confucius Institute

Lancaster University Confucius Institute officially opened on 20 December 2011. Its aims include to:

  1. offer credit-bearing Mandarin language and culture classes to students;
  2. offer language and culture courses to local schools, communities and businesses;
  3. support enterprise in the North West region through the themes of China, innovation and sustainable development. Both Lancaster University and our partner University in China, South China University of Technology, have significant expertise in these areas.



Forthcoming Events

29 January - 11 February 2016, Chinese New Year Celebration Days (in five schools)
Venues: Lancaster Road Primary Morecambe, Overton St. Helen’s Primary, Bowerham Primary School, St. Williams Catholic Primary School,  Hellifield Primary School. Contact us if you would like a Chinese Day at your School.

31 January 2016, 11.00 - 16.00, Chinese New Year Carnival in City Centre
(Lion Dances, Taichi, Face Painting,  and Stall Display) Venue:Lancaster City Centre – Come and See Us!

6 February 2016, Spring Festival Celebration Gala
Venue: Great Hall, Lancaster University – Look out for tickets on sale from the Chinese Students and Scholars Association

12 February 2016, Spring Festival Celebration Gala
Venue: Lancaster University Confucius Classroom at Anchorsholme Primary Academy. Thornton Cleveleys

5 March – 2 May 2016, China Uncovered
An exhibition of Chinese artefacts from the collections of Lancaster City Museum and Tullie House, Carlisle, co-curated by Lancaster City Museum and students of Lancaster University

15 March – 21 May, Campus in the City
Join us on selected days for Chinese themed activities at the Campus in the City shop, Lancaster City Centre

25 - 29 July, 1st - 5 August 2016
Summer School for children aged 6-12

Venue: Lancaster University Campus

Weekly Classes

Mandarin Chinese Language Classes
Mandarin Chinese Language Classes for staff, students and the local community.

Chinese café
Free drop-in place for you to practice Mandarin with native speakers. Begins on Wednesday 20 Jan and every Wednesday from 7.00-8.30pm until end March at the Roundhouse.

Chinese calligraphy and painting
A ten-week practical workshop provides you an opportunity to know something about Chinese calligraphy and painting and the time to practice, with guidance from practitioners. Materials are provided.

Tai chi
Tai Chi is an Chinese martial art practiced for both its health benefits and defence training which has its roots in Taoism. It combines profound principles, theories and martial art techniques.

Wushu (Kongfu) 
Wushu, or Kongfu, was a  system of codified practices and traditions of training for combat. Today, it is done for various reasons including combat skills, fitness, self-defense, sport, self-cultivation (meditation), mental discipline, character development and building self-confidence.