Photo Exhibition and Cultural Experience Activities Held by Confucius Institute at University of Sheffield, UK

[Source]    the Confucius Institute at the University of Sheffield [Time]    2015-04-20 17:11:48 

On March 8, 2015, the Confucius Institute at the University of Sheffield, UK and Sheffield Culture Heritage jointly organized a photo exhibition with a theme of Chinese Life in Sheffield and some cultural experience activities with Chinese characteristics. About 280 local citizens were attracted to go to the exhibition and participate in the activities.

Gemma Thorpe is the photographer of this exhibition. As a resident of Sheffield who loves Chinese culture, she once studied and lived in China for seven years. The exhibition shows the indelible imprint left by Chinese people of all ranks who have lived in Sheffield for more than 150 years.

The exhibition hall was lined with five activity areas rich in Chinese characteristics: Chinese Paper Cutting /Folding, Chinese Calligraphy, Experiencing Chinese Language, Learning How to Use Chopsticks, and Trying On Qipao. Every area was packed with eager participants. Tang suits and Qipao on a table attracted the attention of many visitors. They took off their coats, put on these Chinese costumes and took photos in them. An old woman living nearby was full of praise for these Qipao and gasped with admiration at the superb craftsmanship of traditional Chinese costumes. The area of Chinese Calligraphy was located in the center of the hall gathered a lot of people as well. The calligraphy teacher from the Confucius Institute creatively gave foreign visitors Chinese names and then wrote these names on rice paper. The elegant and graceful Chinese calligraphy written by the teacher won unanimous praise of the visitors. The areas of Learning How to Use Chopsticks and Experiencing Chinese Language also attracted a constant stream of people. Most of them participated in these activities as a family. Therefore, we could see parents learning how to use chopsticks together with their children and couples learning together how to speak Chinese.

Experiencing Chinese paper cutting

The Chinese name of Lucas

Learning how to use chopsticks

An old English woman dressed in Qipao

The Confucius Institute at the University of Sheffield has always paid great attention to the spread of traditional Chinese culture as well as the communication and cooperation with local cultural institutions. The photo exhibition and cultural experience activities with Chinese characteristics held this time have not only helped the English public to understand the life of Chinese people in Sheffield, but also let them experience the unique charm of traditional Chinese culture by participating in various activities.

By Xu Zihang


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