Language week with the Liverpool Confucius Institute 2023

We have plenty of events lined up to celebrate and learn about Mandarin as a language. Our events for the week include a mandarin and calligraphy taster class, a poetry workshop, and an award-winning film screening.

To see all events happening in Language Week, visit the Language Week page. 

Poetry Workshop

Tuesday 21st November, 5 - 6.30pm, LCI Space, 126 Mount Pleasant

“Identity, heritage, language and belonging” is the theme of our poetry workshop. The classes will be run by Jennifer Wong and Jennifer Lee Tsai, two established poets. The workshops will be split into two 30-minute sessions including poetry reading and critical discussion followed by a 15-minute Q&A. Chinese poetry is a rich and ancient art form. It often uses symbolism and vivid imagery to convey deep emotions and philosophical ideas. From classic Tang dynasty poems to modern works, Chinese poetry is a treasure trove of beauty and expression.

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Mandarin and Calligraphy Taster Sessions

Wednesday 22nd November (12 - 1pm) and Friday 24th November (2 - 3pm), LCI Space, 126 Mount Pleasant

Our tutors at the LCI will be on hand to teach a mandarin taster class and some calligraphy. Mandarin Chinese is the most widely spoken language in the world! It has four tones, which means the pitch of a word can change its meaning. It is a fascinating language to learn. Chinese calligraphy is a beautiful artform that combines writing and painting. It is all about brushstrokes and expressing emotions through characters.

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The Exiles - My Stolen Chinese Father Film Screening

Thursday 23rd November, 6 - 8.30pm, Guild Cinema

‘The Exiles: My Stolen Father’ Directed by Tom St John Gray. Winner of Cannes Corporate Media & TV Awards 2023 Best History and Personalities/Portraits (Silver). At the end of the Second World War, hundreds of Chinese seamen who served with the Allies during the conflict vanished from their homes in Liverpool, England. They left behind heartbroken wives and children, and many went to their graves believing they had been deserted. Decades later, the astonishing truth is finally revealed. Declassified documents prove these heroic men and their families were betrayed by the British government in an astonishing act of deception. As their descendants search for clues, could a potential relative in Singapore be the missing puzzle piece for one Liverpool family?

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LCI Tai Chi Class

Friday 24th November, 12 - 1pm, LCI Space, 126 Mount Pleasant

Tai Chi, also known as Tai Chi Chuan, is an ancient Chinese martial art that has been practiced for centuries for both its defence training and health benefits. It is a harmonious blend of mind and body exercises, combining deep breathing, relaxation, and flowing movements. Tai Chi is characterised by slow, deliberate movements that are coordinated with deep breathing. These movements are designed to stimulate the flow of Qi, or vital energy, throughout the body, promoting overall health and well-being. The practice of Tai Chi enhances physical strength, flexibility, and balance, and also improves mental concentration and relaxation.

Many people practice Tai Chi as a way to manage stress and anxiety, as its meditative nature can induce a state of calm and peace. It is a low-impact exercise, making it accessible for people of all ages and fitness levels. Tai Chi is more than just an exercise; it's a pathway to a healthier, more tranquil lifestyle. 

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