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Diao Dou at Manchester Literature Festival


Through our public events programme we bring elements of ancient and modern China to our audiences.

Most of our events are free and everyone is welcome. As well as special, one-off events such as art exhibitions and touring performances, our regular annual programme includes:

Festival celebrations

A vital part of our calendar and a great way to bring people together. We celebrate Chinese New Year in February, the Dragon Boat Festival in May, the Mid-Autumn Festival in September and invite all our friends and students to participate.

Public talks

Free, informal, informative lectures aimed at a non-academic audience. We invite leading thinkers and practitioners with an interest in China to speak for an hour on the topic of their choice.

Chinese cinema

Through our partnership with the Chinese Film Forum UK (CFFUK) we sponsor regular screenings of modern Chinese films at HOME Mcr. Check the CFFUK website for more information and forthcoming titles.

Chinese Literature

We are most proud of our longstanding partnership with Manchester Literature Festival (MLF), with whom we work to bring a different Chinese author to appear at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation (IABF) every year.

Check our upcoming events below for details of what's in store and browse our events archive to see what we've been up to.

Events archive

Discover previous events at the Confucius Institute, dating back to 2012.

Upcoming events

Taster Week at the Confucius Institute

02 - 06 October 2017

The Confucius Institute is opening its doors to all new and returning students to explore China. Try..

The Strength of Amalgamation - Chai Zushun’s Mental Imagery Art

15:30 - 17:00 02 October 2017

This talk on Mental Imagery Art will focus on the harmony in Eastern and Western cultures. To provid..

Mid-Autumn Festival Celebration

12:00 - 16:00 04 October 2017

Come and celebrate China’s second biggest annual festival with the Confucius Institute! Fun and in..

Manchester Literature Festival: Yiyun Li

14:00 - 15:30 14 October 2017

A luminous and profound memoir about the consolations of literature, Dear Friend, from My Life I Wri..

Monday Lunchtime Talks: Are Happy Students better Performers?

13:00 - 14:00 16 October 2017

The relationship between academic achievements and the emotional well-being of students in China. Fr..

Creative Visions: Hong Kong Cinema 1997 – 2017

17 October - 02 November 2017

2017 marks twenty years since Hong Kong was handed back to China. Timed with this anniversary, the C..

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