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Confucius Institute

Children doing Tai Chi

Cultural courses

Find out about cultural courses in 2018 in association with the Confucius Institute.

Tai Chi

Course description: Often described as 'meditation in motion', the ancient art of Tai Chi has been practiced 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.

Chinese calligraphy

Fees: £120 for the full 8 week beginner course. This fee includes a brush. 

Dates: Every Tuesday evening 6pm - 8pm. 30 January - 20 March 2018

Course description: 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.


This course will focus on learning how to use Chinese brushes and ink, mastering the basic strokes that underpin Chinese writing and understanding the structure Chinese characters. You will be introduced to regular script and practice writing calligraphy in this style. By the end of the course you will be able to create your own calligraphy works worthy of decorating your home or office. No previous knowledge of Chinese is required.


This course will build on skills developed in the beginner course and students will develop a better understanding of Chinese characters. By the end of the course, students should be familiar with clerical and cursive style and be able to distinguish different styles of calligraphy and describe their features.

Chinese brush painting

Fees: £120 for the full 8 week course. This fee includes brush and ink. 

Dates: Every Tuesday evening 6pm - 8pm. 30 January - 20 March 2018

Course description: This course will focus on introducing students to the fundamentals of Chinese brush painting. Students will also be introduced to this aspect of Chinese culture and the history and philosophy behind it.