North West Confucius Institute Dragon Boat Race

11 May 2019 – Liverpool Marina

Be part of this year’s team!

Register here to be in the team

We are looking for paddlers to take part in this year’s Dragon Boat Race and help us to retain the shield Edge Hill CI  won in 2018.

You don’t need to be super fit or skilled.  All that’s required is teamwork and a good sense of fun!  Transport, equipment and training all supplied.



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 around 12 noon and finishes approximately 4 pm.

Venue: Liverpool Water Sports Centre, Queens Dock, Liverpool, L3 4DG

Chinese New Year 2019 – The Year of the Pig

Another fantastic event on campus.

On the 8th February 2019, more than 1000 visitors and students from 9 schools in the North West had the opportunity to celebrate Chinese New Year at Edge Hill University.

The Hub was transformed into a  Chinese Street Market, where 14 Chinese themed stalls showcased Chinese culture:  calligraphy, tea ceremony,  Chinese Games, Chinese snacks, paper cutting, origami, Chinese painting and more.   Visitors were able to participate in traditional arts and crafts, try traditional Chinese food and more than 300 school children took part in Kung Fu and Dragon Dance workshops.

















In the evening JinLong wowed the audience with their New Year Extravaganza – an amazing fast paced professional performance showcasing acrobats performing spectacular balancing acts, contortion, feet juggling, Chinese opera and very popular Lion Dance.




Celebrate Chinese New Year – 8 February 2019

Celebrate the New Year – 2019 the Year of the Pig












Chinese New Year Performance in The Arts Centre

Come and experience an exciting performance by experienced acrobats performing spectacular balancing acts, contortion sculpture, feet juggling, Chinese opera and much more – a thrilling performance for all the family.

To book tickets for the performance please click here.















Free Exhibition

Dragons of the Pool – Rosa Fong

 A multimedia exhibition exploring the hidden history of the
forced repatriation 
of Chinese Seamen

 The Arts Centre
8 October – 23 November 2018

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.

Organised by The Arts Centre, with support from the Confucius Institute and the Institute for Creative Enterprise (ICE), this event takes place at Edge Hill University’s Ormskirk Campus.


Related Links:   ICE  and Dragons of the Pool



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 14 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 loved it. I loved seeing the real Terracotta Warriors. How exciting!  Frankie

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.   Erin

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.  Izzy

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!

2 February – 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:

The concert is free but booking is essential:  Arts Centre


2018 Year of the Dog

9th February – Chinese Street Market 10.00 am – 3 pm

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.

Yasmin  “Qigong was a lot of fun and it was something that I’d never tried before.”

Mckenzie “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.”

Caitlyn “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

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.


13 June 12.30 – 1.30 pm

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.

Kung Fu

13 June 12.30 – 1.30 pm

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

20 June 12.30 – 1.30 pm

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.


Tea Ceremony

27 June 12.30 – 1.30 pm

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.


To book your place please email:  Confucius Institute




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