Dragons of the Pool – Rosa Fong
A multimedia exhibition exploring the hidden history of the forced repatriation.
Artist, filmmaker and academic, Rosa Fong worked with community group, The Dragons of the Pool, to create a multimedia exhibition, which documents the story of the forced repatriation of Chinese seamen in Liverpool just after the Second World War. The Dragons of the Pool are a group of sons and daughters who believe that their Chinese fathers were repatriated by the British government between 1945-46. They grew up believing their fathers had abandoned them: A feeling of loss, betrayal and longing pervades the stories.
Video interviews and an audio installation called Chinese Whispers give a historical and personal account of this hidden history with an introduction by actor, David Yip.
This exhibition enables the families to share their stories behind their fathers’ disappearance and educate the wider community about the shocking events of 1945.
The exhibition is open access and will run from 8 October through to the 23rd November in the Foyer of The Arts Centre at Edge Hill University.
Edge Hill Dragon Boat Team Crowned Champions in Annual Dragon Boat Challenge
On Saturday 12th May, a team of 22 students from Edge Hill University were victorious at the sixth annual North West Confucius Institute Dragon Boat Race hosted by UCLAN at Preston Marina.
With great team work, enthusiasm and stamina, the Edge Hill CI team (in purple t-shirts) managed to outperform its competitors. The highlight of the day was the very competitive final in which Edge Hill were able to outpace rivals UCLAN to be crowned champions of 2018.
Announcement of Winners of School Art Competition
We are delighted to announce the winners of the Confucius Institute School Art Competition 2018:
Key Stage 2 winners:
- 1st Place Bella Summerscales, Belvedere Preparatory School
- 2nd Place Sofia Lotto, Belvedere Preparatory School
- 3rd Place Sophie Malone, St Austin’s Primary School
Key Stage 3 winners:
- 1st Place Millie Dickinson, Belvedere Academy
- 2nd Place Erin McStraw, Belvedere Academy
- Joint 3rd Place Francesca McCann, Sandymoor School
- Joint 3rd Place Jennifer Knowles, Sandymoor School
The standard was very high and we would like to thank everyone who took the time to enter.
The winners and the runners up are on display in Hale Hall at the University, until Friday 11 May 2018.
Terracotta Warrior Exhibition
Student from Belvedere Academy were lucky to attend the Exhibition on 14th March.
The students hade previously learnt about the history concerning the first emperor of China 秦始皇 (Qín Shĭ Huáng) and the vast army that he created to protect him in the afterlife. The exhibition brought their studies to life and gave the students an insight into 1,000 years of Chinese history.
After the event the students even made their own warriors from clay!
Here’s how much they enjoyed it:
"Thank you Edge Hill for the wonderful experience. I enjoyed learning the history of the Terracotta Warriors and I have taken lots of pictures to show my friends and family."
"Thank you so much for funding the trip to see the Terracotta Warriors. I learnt about the history of the warriors and enjoyed seeing all of the statues and how they were made. Also it is amazing to know how special they are in Chinese history. "
"Thank you Edge Hill for the wonderful experience. I loved it. I loved seeing the real Terracotta Warriors. How exciting!"
Maricourt students also got the opportunity to visit the Exhibition:
Chinese New Year Celebrations – 2018 Year of the Dog
Maricourt students enjoy a taste of Chinese New Year
The students enjoyed learning more about traditional Chinese culture through participation in a range of arts and crafts including calligraphy, lantern making, tea ceremony and Qigong,
The girls enjoyed dressing up whilst the boys stuck to the tea and found a panda!
Free Rock Concert at 6.30 pm in the Rose Theatre
In celebration of Chinese New Year, the Confucius Institute invite you to a live rock style concert with a difference. Transition is a three-piece British rock band who write their own songs and sing in Mandarin – a fusion of eastern and western musical influence! Their roots are in Bristol, UK, but they combine this rock foundation with Asian rhythm and melody, producing music that inspires audiences from both sides of the globe.
Transitionʼs several years living and performing in Taiwan has had a profound effect on their lives and music, especially their song-writing. Their first mandarin song ʻSorry My Chinese Isnʼt so Goodʼ became an instant Youtube hit. It gathered over a million views, and is now an anthem for all foreigners learning Chinese!
Another landmark came in 2012 when the band were given the honour of writing the official theme song for the Taiwanese Olympic team for the London 2012 Games – the first ever foreign band to be given this opportunity! Transition’s website: http://www.transition.tk/
The concert is free but booking is essential: Arts Centre
2018 Year of the Dog
Chinese Street Market
You are invited to participate in a range of Chinese arts and crafts eg calligraphy, paper cutting, lantern making and learn more about Chinese New Year customs and traditions
China Day at The Belvedere Academy
On 17 November all the Year 8 students at The Belvedere Academy participated in a China Day at the school. Throughout the day the girls were able to experience a variety of activities such as Paper Cutting 剪纸 (jiǎn zhǐ), Qi Gong 气功 (qì gōng), Painting 国画 (guó huà), Calligraphy 书法 (shū fǎ) and making Chinese Knots中国结 (zhōng guó jié). The activities were fun and helped broadened the girls’ knowledge about the Chinese language, the Chinese culture and their traditions.
"Qigong was a lot of fun and it was something that I'd never tried before."
"Year 8 China Day was amazing. Personally loved the Chinese Painting lesson. I felt like learnt a lot about China and really had fun with my friends."
"I think China Day is a great idea because it is a fun way to learn Chinese. I enjoyed Chinese Painting and the people were so nice."
David Yip In Conversation
The Liverpool Chinese actor and writer David Yip visited Edge Hill on November 1st for a talk with Professor Roger Shannon about his wide ranging film, television and theatre work spanning four decades.
Professor Roger Shannon said: “David Yip’s role as John Ho – in the early 1980s BBC police series The Chinese Detective – was singled out for discussion, primarily because that was the first UK TV drama series ‘carried by’ a Chinese actor in the lead role, and thus far the only one of that ilk. The recent very public discussion of the lack of diversity on the UK’s small and large screens was a significant part of our conversation. “
David Yip also commented on his roles in Indiana Jones and James Bond movies, as well as paying attention to his background within the Chinese community and culture in Liverpool, which he has drawn on for his acclaimed and award winning theatre piece, Gold Mountain and for the film by Gurinder Chadha and Paul Berges, Blue Funnel.
This well-attended public event in Creative Edge was jointly arranged by the University’s Confucius Institute and the Institute for Creative Enterprise . Chinese students at EHU introduced attendees in the foyer of Creative Edge to traditional Chinese painting, calligraphy, paper cutting and the Chinese Tea Ceremony, and other examples of Chinese culture, thereby providing a wide-ranging Chinese experience for the students and the public.
While David Yip was on campus, he generously gave his time to record interviews in support of the research work of Rosa Fong (the writer, director and Senior Lecturer in Film and Television) who is uncovering the lives of Chinese seamen who travelled to and from Liverpool, as did David Yip’s father.
ICE and Confucius Institute Public Event: 1st November 2017
David Yip – In Conversation
David Yip will be in conversation with Professor Roger Shannon, the Director of the University’s Institute for Creative Enterprise (ICE).
David Yip is a celebrated Liverpool actor with an extensive career spanning over forty years. He has worked in Film, Television, Theatre, and Radio both in the UK and internationally.
This event is in association with the ICE and will take place at Edge Hill University’s Ormskirk Campus.
6.00pm Registration and Refreshments
6.30pm Event Start
7.45pm Refreshments and Networking
Registration: this event is FREE but please Click here to register
David Yip was the first Chinese lead actor in a British television drama series, fondly remembered by many for creating the role of Detective Sergeant John Ho, in ‘The Chinese Detective’ for BBC TV (1981 – 82.) Further television work included roles in Phil Redmond’s ‘Brookside’ for Channel 4, as well as in BBC’s ‘Holby City’, ‘Casualty’ and ‘Dr Who’, Sky Atlantic’s ‘Fortitude’ and Fox TV’s ‘24: Live Another Day.’
His film credits include ‘Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom’, directed by Stephen Spielberg; James Bond – ‘A View to a Kill’ directed by John Glen; ‘Entrapment’ directed by Jon Amiel; ‘Hamlet’ directed by Kenneth Branagh; ‘Ping Pong’ directed by Po – Chih Leong inter alia.
His recent theatre work includes ‘Yellow Face’ (2014) and ‘The Great Wave’ (early 2018), both at the National Theatre.
David’s own dramatic work has its roots in his experience of growing up in Liverpool. His father was a Chinese seaman and his mother was from Liverpool. ‘Gold Mountain’ (from 2010) is a multi-media theatre piece, co-produced with Liverpool’s Unity Theatre and Montreal’s Les Deux Mondes company, and performed in Montreal, Vancouver, Liverpool, London and Sweden.
David has also written and presented documentaries about the Liverpool Chinese community (‘Chinese Whispers’; 2000), while ‘Blue Funnel’ from 1998, produced by Gurinder Chadha and featuring David Yip, Burt Kwouk, and Ozzy Yue drew heavily on David Yip’s background.
The Confucius Institute – Free Cultural Workshops
Our workshop programme has something for everyone. The workshops provide an informal and relaxed environment for you to experience new activities at your own pace while meeting new people and learning more about China in general.
Chinese Calligraphy is a visual art related to writing. It literally means “beautiful handwriting.” Calligraphy can be both a delight to the eye and an inspiration to the spirit. A fun, interactive workshop in which participants will be guided through the basics of Chinese Calligraphy. This workshop is open to anyone who wishes to learn more about Chinese characters and the art of Chinese calligraphy.
Marital Arts in China goes back to ancient times. It has become a traditional Chinese culture. Martial Arts is characterised not only by exterior beauty, found in postures, movements and techniques, but also deep interior beauty, emphasising ‘life essence, vital energy, and spirit.’ In this workshop you will learn the basic techniques. Please wear comfortable sportswear.
Chinese Traditional Painting
Chinese Traditional Painting is an ancient art that continues to fascinate contemporary artists. The basic strokes can be learned in moments and require years to master. Simple beauty, harmony, serenity and tranquility may be discovered in a symbol, a bird, or a landscape. This workshop is open to anyone who wishes to experience the unique skill of Chinese Painting.
Discover the wonderful atmosphere of a Chinese tea ceremony and learn about Chinese tea culture in this relaxing workshop. Records show that Chinese tea ceremonies are over 3000 years old. Yet, this age-old custom still forms an intrinsic part of Chinese culture today. You will observe the intricate steps involved in preparing different kinds of tea correctly, enjoying the elegance and grace of the host’s movements before tasting the teas for yourself.
Dragon Boat Race 2017 at Salford Quays
Drone recording of the Dragon Boat Day 2017
Watch the highlights from the Chinese Street Market:
A spectacular Chinese New Year evening performance in the Rose Theatre was enjoyed by all!
Big Thank You
We just want to say a big thank you to all those who attended our Chinese New Year celebrations.
Join the 2017 Chinese New Year Celebrations
and welcome the year of the Rooster
Freshers’ Week – A taste of Chinese Culture
On the 21st of September 2016, Confucius Institute held Chinese Culture Experience Workshops welcoming newcomers to Edge Hill University. Nearly 800 people attended the activities.
The Confucius Institute workshops focused on themes such as Chinese calligraphy, Chinese music, paper cutting and Chinese painting.
Newcomers and visitors showed great interest in Chinese calligraphy and were very pleased to have their names written in Chinese. Visitors also showed interest in learning basic Chinese greetings and many were eager to sign up for the free language and culture courses offered by the Confucius Institute.
Confucius Institute Day Celebrations 28th September to celebrate the 11th anniversary of the founding of Confucius Institutes.
During the event held in the Hub, students and visitors participated in Chinese culture workshops to experience the skill of Chinese calligraphy and the beauty of the Chinese Tea Ceremony.
There were demonstrations of traditional Chinese Kungfu and Tai Chi by the wonderfully skilled ‘China Spirit’.
Pupils from Ormskirk School were invited to sample the cultural activities and to take part in Lion Dance workshop. After an intense session, Ormskirk pupils were able to demonstrate the lion dance by themselves, their brilliant shown won great applause from the audience!
Edge Hill Study Trip to China
Edge Hill University students left for Chongqing, China early June to take part in a 12 day Chinese Cultural Programme. This is the first time that Edge Hill students have taken part in this programme. While in China, students attended classes in Chinese language and culture and also visited important historical and cultural sites.
Dragon Boat Race Day
Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x–c8auyL2I&feature=youtu.be
On Saturday 21st May 2016, we hosted the 4th annual North West Confucius Institute Dragon Boat Race at the Liverpool Water Sports Centre.
The event was opened by the Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Tony Concepcion, followed by Li Yongsheng, Consul-General from Manchester Consulate. The Mayor of West Lancashire, Councillor Liz Savage and Councillor Noel Delaney had the pleasure of presenting the awards to the teams.
It was an exciting, fun filled day, despite the weather. Edge Hill’s Confucius Institute student team competed against four other teams from Manchester, UCLAN, Liverpool and Lancaster. Edge Hill students were magnificent and once again
Edge Hill and UCLAN battled it out in a very intense final.
Unfortunately for Edge Hill, UCLAN were the ultimate victors again this year.
Dragon Boat Competition – 21st May 2016
Free to watch so come and join in a great day out.
Five dragon boat teams from the Confucius Institutes at Edge Hill, Liverpool, Manchester, UCLAN and Lancaster universities will be competing in the racing.
Racing begins at 12 noon on Saturday 21st May 2016.
Venue: Liverpool Water Sports Centre, Queens Dock, Liverpool, L3 4DG
Chinese New Year 2016 – The Year of the Monkey
Watch highlights from the Chinese New Year Celebrations
On 4th February, with Chinese New Year just around the corner, the Confucius Institute offered a series of cultural activities to give students, staff, local residents and school children a taste of the Chinese New Year celebrations.
As you walked into the Hub the
big festive red lanterns, volunteers dressed in traditional costumes and the animated lion dance, gave an impression you were at a Chinese Spring Festival.
Chinese teachers and volunteers prepared a variety of cultural activities eg calligraphy, paper cutting, lantern making, tea ceremony giving an insight into how Chinese people celebrate New Year and the traditions they have. Most participants actively engaged in the workshops, finding it a joyful experience and extending their knowledge of China at the same time.
The spectacular evening show was a ‘sell out’ with the audience enchanted by the charm of Chinese folk art, juggling, acrobatics and the fabulous mask changing.
After the show many of the audience were unwilling to leave and went on stage to take photographs with the performers.
Watch highlights from the Chinese New Year Celebrations
Chinese New Year Celebrations – 2016 the Year of the Monkey
Celebrate Chinese New Year at Edge Hill – 4th February 2016
Activities in the Hub
On Thursday 4th February the Hub will be transformed into a ‘Chinese Street Market’showcasing many different aspects of Chinese culture, food and entertainment.
Why don’t you visit us between 11.30am and 3pm and sample Chinese tea and dim sum, try your hand at Chinese calligraphy, paper folding, lantern making or have your photograph taken in traditional costume.
Activities in the Rose Theatre
Film screenings – Free
From 3pm ‘Red’ and ‘Blue Funnel’ will be shown. Book your tickets via the Arts Centre.
- RED – Director: Rosa Fong – In the late 1970s, Xiao-Mei leaves rural China for an arranged marriage in London. Struggling to make sense of her new situation in a strange country, she embarks on a spiritual journey as she discovers family, both old and new.
- Blue Funnel – Director: Paul Mayeda Berges – A contemporary drama set in the Chinese community in Liverpool, follows Daniel as he tries to send his father’s ashes back to his ancestral village.
Daniel’s father left Hong Kong aged 14 and spent his life as a seaman coming in and out of the Liverpool docks where he married an English girl. The ashes need to return ‘home’ for his spirit to rest… but Daniel realises he’s not sure where ‘home’ is.
Chinese New Year Extravaganza – Free
At 5pm prepare to be amazed by Jin Long’s performers – performance includes the famous Lion Dance, Contortion Sculpture, Chinese Kung Fu, Chen style Taiji Quan, Acrobatics and much more.
Book your tickets via the Arts Centre.
Tuesday 29th September 2015
Professional Performance 2015 (Arts Centre)
‘Come and celebrate Confucius Institute Day at the Arts Centre on the 29th September 2015 at 5 pm – 7 pm. Immerse yourself into traditional ancient Chinese culture and history expressed through movement and dance. Allow the professional art troupe, all the way from China, to lead you through Chinese historical events through the avenue of dance.
This performance combines the unique charm of graceful ancient Chinese dance with the unique skill of Martial Arts, whilst incorporating weapons such as swords, long sleeve, traditional Chinese boxing, the fan and heart stopping aerobatic manoeuvres.
Monday 21st– Friday 25th September 2015
Fresher’s Week 2015 – Taster Sessions/ Lunchtime talks (TBC)
China Day at Ormskirk
“China Day at Ormskirk School on Thursday 2nd July”
On 2nd July 2015, Confucius Institute hosted a China day at Ormskirk School. The activity day consisted of learning about Chinese culture and songs to the more hands on activities of Chinese paper cutting.
Our team even presented a display of Chinese Kung-Fu called Five-steps allowing the children to get involved and practise there Kung- Fu moves. A delightful, fun and educational day was had by all.
Thank you CI Team!
Take a look at the gallery for some fantastic images from the day.
China Day at Farnborough
“China Day at Farnborough Road Infant School on 17th June 2015”
On 17th June 2015, Confucius Institute offered an Activity day for 120 children of Year 2 at Farnborough Road Infant School, Ormskirk. The children learned Chinese songs, paper cutting and Chinese Kung-Fu called five steps boxing. An enjoyable and educational day was had by all that attended.
Thank you CI team!
Take a look at the gallery for some fantastic images from the day.
Dragon Boat Race
The annual Dragon Boat race is held between the five Confucius Institutes in the North West. 2015 will be hosted by Lancaster University and will comprise of 15 Students from each university racing against each other to become the North West 2015 Champions.
This years race was held on Thursday 16th May 2015.
Take a look at the gallery for some fantastic images from the day.
Dragon Boat Race Report
Confucius Institute Edge Hill University awarded Second place in the Annual Dragon Boat Race 2015
The worldwide popular Dragon boat festival involves racing long, narrow wooden boats beautifully decorated with dragons and complimented with zongzi, a meal in one, sticky rice parcels infused with the flavours of the bamboo leaf wrap, made a few days before at a family gathering and are offered as gifts amongst family and friends.
Origins of the Dragon Boat
The most popular theory of the origins of the legend involves the death of the popular advisor and poet ‘Qu Yuan’ of the court of Chu during the Warring States (475-221 BC) of ancient China. He was a wise and erudite man. His ability and fight against corruption antagonised the court officials and eventually he was exiled by the Emperor for his perceived disloyalty. The Chu State was declining and eventually defeated by the powerful Quinn State, he was so despaired that he ended his life by drowning himself into the Miluo River in Human Province.
Legend says after people heard he drowned, the local people were in great distress. Fishermen raced to the spot in their boats to search for his body. Unable to find his body, people through zongzi, eggs and other food into the river to feed the fish, in hope to salvage his body. The festival reminds people of the importance of loyalty and commitment to the community.
On May 16th 2015, the Annual Dragon Boat Race was held on the River Lune at the University of Lancaster to celebrate the forthcoming Chinese Dragon Boat Festival. The Confucius Institute at Edge Hill University competed against university teams from many North West Universities such as Lancaster, Liverpool, Manchester and UCLAN. The Confucius Institute progressed to a very close final race where they were unfortunately defeated by UCLAN by 0.4 of a second over a 500m course and were awarded second place. The students from Edge Hill University demonstrated a strong team spirit and enthusiasm throughout the whole afternoon.
A huge thank you to Lancaster for hosting such an important event for the Confucius Calendar, both staff and students enjoyed a challenging and fun filled afternoon. Confucius Institute would also like to thank the students and staff that attended and competed for Edge Hill, you were great ambassadors to the University and should be so pleased with Saturdays result. Well done!!
Chinese New Year
Come along and celebrate Chinese New Year, the Year of the Goat
On Thursday 19th February the Confucius Institute will be celebrating Chinese New Year and the Hub will be transformed into a “Chinese Street Market” showcasing many different aspects of Chinese culture, food and entertainment.
Why don’t you visit us throughout the day from 10-3pm and sample Chinese tea and dim sum, enjoy a game of Chinese chess or table tennis, as well as try your hand at Chinese painting; paper folding; calligraphy and other activities.
In Hale Hall at 11.30 Pro Vice- Chancellor Mark Allanson will welcome visitors to the celebrations by delivering a short speech followed by a variety of acrobatic displays by the Jin Long Centre including: Jar Juggling, Face changing, Diablo, Body sculpture and Rolling Rug to name a few.
Everyone is welcome.
Global 10th Anniversary Celebration of the Confucius Institute
September 26th 2014 was the 10th Anniversary of the first Confucius Institute and to celebrate Edge Hill University held two events over 25th and 26th September.
On Friday 25th pupils from West End Primary School were invited to sample some cultural activities.
There were sessions on music and dance by Pagoda Arts, the children joined in with traditional dance and played traditional Chinese instruments.
Other activities included Calligraphy, Chinese Painting, Paper Folding and Lantern Making.
The activities were followed by a celebration buffet lunch and the day concluded with examples of Chinese Animation provided by Alex Dukes, Programme Leader Animation, International Coordinator for Media at Edge Hill University.
Dragon Boat Race 2014
Students from across the university joined in to form a Dragon Boat team and raced against teams from local Confucius Institutes at a event hosted by the UCLAN Confucius Institute at Preston Docks.
The team received training from an experienced rower and despite appalling weather had a great time.
Chinese New Year 2014 – Year of the Horse
A day full of activities was provided to enable children from a local school and students from across the university to join in with the Chinese New Year celebrations. The celebrations on campus incorporated
A Chinese Street market in the Hub including:
- Chinese food (x 2 tables)
- Tea ceremony
- Paper folding
- Paper cutting
- Zodiac Animals
Chinese Culture and language activities for children including:
- The culture of “good luck”
- Calligraphy / painting
- Lion Dancing
- Dragon making
- Why is the Panda so important?
- Chinese animation
Confucius Institute Launch
Edge Hill University was successfully awarded the prestigious “Confucius Institute” in 2013. Confucius Institutes are non-profit public institutions supported by an offshoot of the Chinese Ministry of Education known as Hanban. They aim to promote Chinese language and culture, support local Chinese teaching, and facilitate cultural exchanges. There are almost 300 worldwide with only 12 Confucius institutes in the UK.
Being given this status means that the University will be able to help meet the demand for international experience in the skills market, therefore increasing employability opportunities for its students.
The Confucius Institute will become a vibrant hub for Chinese language and Cultural developments across the North of England. Alongside our unique focus on education and teacher training we will be building on our University wide existing China work in business, media and film. This will see the Edge Hill Confucius Institute launching a strong programme of events and courses.