Tai Chi, music and calligraphy | 语言和文化学校成人部- 文化课程

The Confucius Institute offers 12-week cultural courses - Tai Chi, Chinese Zither (Gu-Zheng) and calligraphy, for all.

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All courses are offered twice a year, following the University Semester Dates.

Chinese Calligraphy course

Students practices her calligraphy
Students practices her calligraphy

Chinese Calligraphy course requires no prior knowledge of Chinese language or Chinese writing skills.

About: You will practice the basics of Chinese calligraphy and become acquainted with Chinese calligraphy styles. You will learn more about the cultural and historical messages behind the characters you write.

Time: 7:30pm - 9pm every second Wednesday of the month. Next session: 14 December 2022. 

Location: Room BB15a, Bartolomé House, Winter Street, Sheffield S3 7ND

Price: FREE - Just come along!

Equipment: Calligraphy brushes ink and paper will be provided for use during each session.

This course is suitable for anyone new to Calligraphy and for those who have experience with Calligraphy or have previously attended our Calligraphy courses.

Contact for inquiries: confucius@sheffield.ac.uk

Tai Chi - (On Hold)

The course allows you to learn, practise and master basic Tai Chi, a martial art form that is extremely popular both in China and abroad.

As a typical daily exercise for many Chinese, this calm yet powerful training is well known for its beneficial effects on health, coordination and the ability to focus.

Please wear loose and comfortable sportswear, including trainers, and bring a bottle of water. Inform the course Instructor about any health issues in advance.

Instructor: Paul Thompson started leaning Wu Style Tai Chi 30 years ago. He went to China in 1996 in order to trace the founder of the neijia martial art of Wu-Style Tai Chi- Mr. Wu Jianquan.

He has met Master Wu’s daughter Wu Yinghua and her husband Ma Yuehliang, both were famous Tai Chi teachers.

Since 2012 he has been visiting China every year and learn from master Ma Changxun in Beijing. Paul has been teaching Tai Chi in the UK for 22 years.

Please note, this course is currently on hold. Future dates are yet to be confirmed.

Chinese Zither (Guzheng) - upcoming courses

Immerse yourself into a world of Chinese traditional music and enjoy the hauntingly beautiful Guzheng (which is a 21-stringed Chinese plucked zither).

Learn to read Chinese music notations/scores, get introduced to the main Chinese guzheng performance styles, practise the basic playing techniques and enjoy a guzheng performance.

No prior knowledge about music or Chinese language is required. Guzheng instruments will be provided during the class. Places are limited to two people per class, with separate classes for adults and children.


Time: 50min/session, timetabling at Saturdays 09:00 -  17:00, or weekdays after 16:00. 

Please state your preferred time when making registrations, or email confucius@sheffield.ac.uk, or call 07593502130

Location: CI office, 2-4 Palmerston Road, Sheffield S10 2TE

Price: £120 per 10 sessions.

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