Dragon Boat Festival Celebrations at St Andrew's United Reformed Church

We warmly welcome you to celebrate this year’s Dragon Boat Festival with us. Come and experience an action packed event of activities, performances and traditional snack treats! Friday, 7 June, 6:30pm - 8:30pm. FREE FOR ALL TO JOIN!

Dragon Boat

What can we expect? 

Our Dragon Boat Festival Celebration event plays to our strengths of innovation and creativity. They'll be stalls delivering cultural activities, such as calligraphy, painting, games and puzzles a musical performance and a talk on health and wellbeing. To top it all, the Dragon Boat Festival’s traditional staple food, Zongzi will be served to all guests. We can’t wait to see you all there! 

Confucius Institute Chinese Cultural Workshops and Exhibitions

The Sheffield Confucius Institute will deliver a range of engaging activities exploring Chinese culture through arts and activities stalls before the main show. Want to try your hand at calligraphy, Chinese painting or making braided bracelets? Our teachers, volunteers and representatives will all be on hand to show you the ropes!

What to expect...

Chinese calligraphy

Chinese calligraphy is an ancient and  beautiful art form. With a style unique to Chinese characters, Chinese calligraphy uses different types of strokes created in a specific order to create words.

Our teachers will also explain the meaning of different characters and you’ll learn how to write names and popular Chinese sayings and expressions, creating pieces to take home with you.

All materials will be provided.

Chinese Painting

Chinese painting, known as "Guóhuà," is a venerable art form that dates back to the Neolithic age. It's a dance of subtlety and strength. Unlike Western painting, it's not just about replicating the world on paper but about capturing its essence, its spirit.

In this art form, artists use brushes, ink, and rice paper or silk to create landscapes, floral scenes, and portrayals of animals that are more than just depictions; they are expressions of the artist's inner world, philosophical insights, and a deep connection with nature.

SCI Chinese Cultural Pop-Up Stalls in action
SCI Chinese Cultural Pop-Up Stalls in action

Traditional Chinese Food and Zongzi Making Workshop

Our team will be delighted to provide our guests with Zongzi, an ancient Chinese delicacy associated with the Dragon Boat Festival. Zongzi is a traditional Chinese rice dish made of glutinous rice stuffed with different fillings and wrapped in bamboo leaves, or sometimes with reed or other large flat leaves. They are cooked by steaming or boiling.

Zongzi making workshop in action
Zongzi making workshop in action

Musical Performance - Chen Zhaotang

Chen Zhaotang learned the guzheng, konghou and harp from very young age. She is a Senior Teacher of the Guzheng (accredited by the Central Conservatory of Music of China in 2023) and an Official Assessment Officer for the Chinese Children’s Cultural and Art Promotion Association’s Konghou examinations. During her undergraduate studies, she managed a project to reconstruct the ancient konghou instrument, which was supported by Beijing College Students Innovation Project Foundation. 

Chen Zhaotang
Chen Zhaotang

Talk: Nurturing Wellbeing: Connecting Self Care with Community Care
Speaker: Dr Qizhi Huang

Qizhi Is a GP and clinical lecturer at the University of Sheffield. She qualified in medicine at Fudan university in China and completed her GP training in Sheffield. She currently splits her time between working at a general practice and the University of Sheffield. Her research interests are in the field of care for older adults including cancer care, and she is also interested in health equality and inclusive research. She has been actively involved in co-production research with ethnic minority populations.

Dr Qizhi Huang

Venue Details

St Andrew’s United Reformed Church 

St Andrew's Church

Since 1854, St Andrew’s has played a significant role in the religious and civic life of Sheffield. It is a beautiful church with welcoming members and we’re delighted to be able to stage our event with them.

Venue: St Andrew's United Reformed Church

Date: 07/06/24

Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Address: Upper Hanover St, S3 7RQ

**Free to join - all are welcome!**

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