Cultural courses

Find out about cultural courses in association with the Confucius Institute.

Chinese calligraphy

Calligraphy (shufa) is the traditional art of writing Chinese characters, and a fundamental part of Chinese culture. After centuries of evolution, calligraphy has developed into a truly unique art form.

Summer 2024 calligraphy course 

Date & time: 6-8PM on Thursdays, 27 June - 25 July

Fees: £80 full price/£72 for current University of Manchester staff and students OR returning CI students (who have done calligraphy courses with us in the last 12 months)

This course will focus on learning how to use Chinese brushes and ink, mastering the basic strokes that underpin Chinese writing (week 1 & 2) and understanding the structure of Chinese characters (week 3 & 4) and finish with your own calligraphy works (week 5). Participants will be introduced to regular script and practice writing calligraphy in this style. 

No previous knowledge of Chinese is required. The fees include an introductory writing package (a calligraphy brush, rice papers etc.)

Spaces are limited. Please book and pay via our web store to confirm your place.

Please note that classes take place in our building up a steep flight of stairs and there's no lift. 


Chinese brush painting

Activity description

These sessions will focus on introducing students to the fundamentals of Chinese brush painting. Participants will also be introduced to this aspect of Chinese culture and the history and philosophy behind it.

Tai Chi

Course description

Often described as 'meditation in motion', the ancient art of Tai Chi has been practised for many centuries as a method of improving health and wellbeing.

The gentle movements are designed to restore balance to the nervous, digestive and immune systems. Tai Chi also lowers blood pressure, and some believe that it can increase longevity. It is gentle on the joints and not strenuous, so it won't make you perspire or leave you out of breath, but will stimulate the mind, calm the nerves and help to keep you fit.

This course, run by a Tai Chi master, will follow the traditional Chen style Tai Chi which combines the theory of Yin and Yang, Taoist doctrine and classical martial arts routines.

Please check here regularly to see when we are next running a Tai Chi course.