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Celebrating ten years of Chinese culture in Lancashire

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is celebrating a decade of bringing Chinese language and culture to the county.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the UCLan Confucius Institute (CI), which was established by the University in 2008 to bring Chinese art, culture, music, language and traditions to the local community.

Over the last decade, the UCLan CI has worked with more than 70 schools and colleges to deliver around 150 China activity days. It has taught more than 800 hours of calligraphy and brush painting, 500 hours of Taichi and 550 hours of one-to-one Chinese language lessons. In addition, it has provided more than 350 scholarships to study in China and taught Chinese language to more than 1,200 students.

The Director of the UCLan CI, Feixia Yu, said: “We are very proud to have served the University, local schools and the wider community in Lancashire with a wide range of projects over the past decade.

“We have organised large academic conferences on responses to climate change and the Maritime Silk Road initiative and organised sixth form study days on Chinese geography. We have fostered educational exchanges with an annual head teachers’ visit to China and subsequent return visits by Chinese educators and pupils. The annual Chinese New Year performance, the lion dance and our activities at the Harris Museum are now regular fixtures in the multicultural calendar of Preston. We are also very pleased to be offering regular Taichi classes and other Chinese well-being workshops in many different venues in and around Preston.”

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