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All the highlights from Culture Month

Here you can look back at everything that happened during Culture Month. Click on a specific event in the list below, or scroll down the page for highlights videos, photos, news articles, and more.

CULTURE MONTH EVENTS - CLICK TO FIND OUT MORE

Chinese Calligraphy Experience

Chinese Calligraphy Experience

A fun, interactive workshop in which attendees were guided through the basics of Chinese Calligraphy.

Confucius Institute Day

Confucius Institute Day

There are Confucius Institutes all over the world, and the first one was established over 11 years ago. We celebrated this Anniversary with interactive workshops on campus at the University of Leeds, introducing participants to Chinese painting and calligraphy. There was even China-themed nail art!

Chinese Watercolour Painting Exhibition

Chinese Watercolour Painting Exhibition

In this exhibition Chinese Diplomat Wang Ying presented his interpretations of classic British scenes, painted during his diplomatic service in the UK. There were also Chinese bamboo paintings by Nobel laureate for Physics, Professor Sir Novoselov. The Grand Opening on 28th September was attended by high-profile guests from the University of Leeds and the Chinese Consulate General in Manchester.

Beauty of KungFu and Dance

Beauty of KungFu and Dance

A stunning performance at Leeds Town Hall featuring award-winning martial arts and dance performers all the way from Beijing, China. The audience jumped at the chance to get on stage and learn some moves with the trainers; one a 2008 Olympic Champion, and the other an actress in the film ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’.

Chinese Tea Ceremony

Chinese Tea Ceremony

The tea ceremony masters for this workshop were our special guests Qing's, who came all the way from China for Culture Month. 

East Meets West Fashion Fusion at Leeds Light Night

East Meets West Fashion Fusion at Leeds Light Night

Celebrating cross-cultural collaboration through fashion with a catwalk show and garment exhibition at Leeds Civic Hall for Leeds Light Night. The event featured Chinese design company Qing's, historic Leeds-based textile firm Hainsworth along with established designers who use their fabrics, plus designers of the future from Leeds College of Art. 

William Shakespeare and Tang Xianzu - celebrating a 400 year legacy

William Shakespeare and Tang Xianzu - celebrating a 400 year legacy

The Grand Opening of the Shakespeare-Tang Project. To mark the 400th Anniversary of the deaths of these playwrights there will be various events taking place throughout 2016, including a play at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

From Shore to Shore / 飘洋过海

From Shore to Shore / 飘洋过海

A moving play telling the stories of the Chinese community in Leeds and West Yorkshire. This work in progress performance took place at Oriental City Chinese restaurant in Leeds.

Annual Lecture

The Business Confucius Institute Annual Lecture

This year we were honoured to welcome Chinese Minister Counsellor of Economics and Commerce Mr Jin Xu to give our Annual Lecture at Leeds University Business School. 

CULTURE MONTH NEWS
Getting down to business: Mr Jin Xu is positive about links between China and the Leeds City Region
30 October 2015

Speaking at at the Business Confucius Institute Annual Lecture at Leeds University Business School, top Chinese Diplomat Mr Jin Xu spoke of great potential for UK-China business.

An emotional rollercoaster in a Chinese restaurant: From Shore to Shore
15 October 2015

The long-awaited performance, inspired by the stories of the Chinese community in Leeds and West Yorkshire, brought Chinese culture to life in Oriental City Restaurant on Tuesday 13th October.

Fashion frenzy: East Meets West fashion fusion pulls in the crowds at Leeds Light Night
12 October 2015

Leeds Civic Hall was buzzing with excitement on Friday 9th October, as visitors poured in to experience a 'fashion fusion' that celebrated cultural exchange and creativity through catwalk shows and an exhibition.

Chinese culture as Leeds has never seen it before: The Beauty of KungFu and Dance
02 October 2015

Protégées of a 2008 Olympic Champion wowed Leeds Town Hall with their martial arts and dance performance on Thursday night.

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WHAT IS CULTURE MONTH?

2015 marks a flagship year for UK-China relations with the first ever bilaterally agreed UK-China Year of Cultural Exchange, showcasing the very best of UK culture in China and of Chinese culture in the UK.

The first ever UK-China Year of Cultural Exchange provides a unique opportunity to further deepen and strengthen the UK’s existing relationship with China across the arts and creative industries, building on our long and shared rich cultural histories, and discovering what this creative partnership means in the 21st Century.

A UK-led season of culture took place in China in the first half of 2015, led by the Cultural and Education Section of the British Embassy. Following that, a China-led season took place in the UK, led by the Chinese Ministry of Culture.

Our Culture Month was designed to complement the official activities taking place across the country. As you can see from the information on this page, many people joined us in Leeds to celebrate the best of what British and Chinese culture have to offer.