• 2017-05-31 16:0:00.0 From Shore to Shore, 30th-31st May
  • 2017-06-16 16:0:00.0 Annual School Dragon Boat Race, 15th June
  • 2017-06-25 16:0:00.0 Opening of Confucius Classroom at Carmel College, 26th June 2017
  • 2017-06-28 16:0:00.0 Chinese Tea Workshop, 28th June 2017
  • 2017-10-12 11:22:00.0 Mid-Autumn Festival Celebration
  • 2017-11-17 13:10:00.0 CI Hosts Teaching Seminar for Mandarin Tutors from Schools in Liverpool and Merseyside
  • 2018-02-21 15:29:00.0 Chinese Culture Events at Museum of Liverpool
  • 2018-02-22 11:43:00.0 Chinese New Year Celebration at Liverpool Confucius Institute
  • 2018-09-27 15:33:00.0 Celebrating Mid-Autumn Festival 2018
  • 2018-10-18 15:33:00.0 Supporting One World Day in Carmel College
  • 2018-11-07 9:33:00.0 Liverpool Confucius Institute Delivers Mandarin Taster Session at Formby High School
  • 2018-12-21 9:33:00.0 LCI Christmas and New Year Celebration 19th December 2018
  • 2019-01-02 9:33:00.0 The 13th Confucius Institute Conference
  • 2019-02-05 15:33:00.0 Waist-Drum Performance at Liverpool City Centre
  • 2019-02-07 15:33:00.0 CI welcomed visiting delegation from Hong Kong
  • 2019-03-12 15:33:00.0 From Here to There: Playwright Mary Cooper leads bilingual writing workshop at Confucius Institute
  • 2019-03-29 16:0:00.0 From Shore to Shore came back to Liverpool
  • 2019-05-22 24:0:00.0 Northwest CI Dragon Boat Race 2019
  • 2019-06-07 24:0:00.0 Annual School Dragon Boat Race 2019
  • 2019-09-16 15:33:00.0 Celebrating Mid-Autumn Festival 2019 at the Higher Bebington Library
  • 2019-09-25 16:0:00.0 Teaching Training delivered by Dr.Diana Powell from Wirral Unplugged CIC 20/09/2019
  • 2019-10-11 16:0:00.0 The Chinese cultural artistic performance
  • 2020-02-10 16:0:00.0 Chinese New Year events at VG&M
  • 2020-12-11 9:29:00.0 Politics in Translation: Challenges of Translating Chinese Policy and Political Documents
  • 2020-12-11 15:30:00.0 Teaching and learning Mandarin online workshop
  • 2021-07-26 11:0:00.0 Pagoda Chinese Youth Orchestra and Ballad of Mulan shows supported by LCI prove a hit
  • 2021-08-24 11:0:00.0 Successful China Day at Belvedere Academy sharing Chinese traditional arts
  • 2021-10-07 11:0:00.0 Mid-Autumn Festival at World Museum
  • 2021-10-21 11:0:00.0 Focus on China Photography Exhibition at the Liverpool Confucius Institute
  • 2021-11-19 11:0:00.0 Liverpool Confucius Institute Chinese Film Festival
  • 2021-11-25 16:54:00.0 Guest lecture on Chinese as a Heritage Language with Dr Yuying Liu from Heriott-Watt University
  • 2021-12-07 13:22:00.0 Liverpool Confucius Institute Guest Lecture with Professor Michael Parkinson CBE
  • 2021-12-20 13:30:00.0 LCI China Day Schools Visits
  • 2022-01-28 13:30:00.0 Dr Penny Ding, UK Deputy Director of the Confucius Institute, explains traditions surrounding Chinese New Year, and the significance of the Year of the Tiger.
  • 2022-02-11 16:0:00.0 Liverpool Confucius Institute (LCI) wish everyone a Happy Chinese New Year of the Water Tiger. 虎年大吉, 万事如意! May Spring Festival bring you health and prosperity.
  • 2022-03-30 10:46:00.0 Dr Chan inspires LCI audience about the work and potential of UK-China Film Collab
  • 2022-05-19 14:55:00.0 Fascinating Chinese Translation Studies LCI Double Online Guest Lecture
  • 2022-05-24 12:11:00.0 LCI Team Win Bronze at the Northwest of England Confucius Institutes Dragon Boat Race
  • 2022-05-27 12:0:00.0 To the Verbal and Beyond LCI Guest Lecture with Dr Sara Ramos Pinto
  • 2022-06-27 12:45:00.0 Successful University of Liverpool Confucius Institute Schools’ Annual Dragon Boat Race 2022
  • 2022-07-22 12:45:00.0 Carmel College Students Celebrate HSK Exam Success with the LCI
  • 2022-09-08 12:45:00.0 Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival 2022 Celebrations at World Museum, Liverpool
  • 2023-02-16 10:20:25.0 Annual Chinese New Year Gala
  • 2023-06-22 24:0:00.0 Northwest CI Dragon Boat Race 2023
  • 2023-10-12 15:2:00.0 Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival 2023 Celebrations at World Museum, Liverpool
  • 2024-02-23 13:6:00.0 St George’s Hall Hosts Liverpool Confucius Institute’s Chinese New Year Gala
  • 2024-02-23 13:27:00.0 Liverpool-Shanghai Sisterhood 25th Anniversary: Kong Fu’An Celebratory Speech
  • 2024-03-15 19:55:09.0 Volunteer Paddlers Needed For Confucius Institute Dragon Boat Race
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  • LCI Helps Raise Thousands for Charity

    Posted on: 12 June 2024 by Phil Jones and Carys Phillips (editor) in News

    The University of Liverpool team paddling towards the finish line. Photo by Tommy Wong.

    We are thrilled to announce that the LCI has helped raise over £17,000 at this year’s Lord Mayor’s Dragon Boat Race.

    The event is held every year to celebrate the Chinese Dragon Boat Festival, one of the most important and vibrant cultural holidays in the Chinese calendar.

    On the 12th May 2024, at the Queen's Dock, the festivities kicked off with a traditional lion dance, a custom that brings good luck and never fails to make people smile. Following on from this, the Lord Mayor, Cllr Mary Rasmussen, dotted the pupils onto the eyes of each dragon headed boat in a ceremony that gives life to the dragons and ensures that they will travel quickly through the water.

    Various cultural activities were also running, such as cord crafting, making Zongzi (rice dumplings) and marble games.

    This year, the UoL team beat our previous bronze record, and through the team’s hard work, scooped silver. To achieve this, we triumphed over eighteen other dragon boats from different local businesses and organisations. These included Local Solutions, ACC Liverpool, Liverpool Chinese Business Association and the Ukraine Community Group. Congratulations also go to The Belt and Road Association UK who came first and Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service who came third.

    The LCI also proudly hosted and organised this year’s Northwest England Confucius Institute Dragon Boat Race on the 27th April. This race saw five teams from different universities Confucius Institutes including the University of Liverpool, the University of Lancaster, the University of Central Lancashire, Edge Hill University and the University of Manchester go head-to-head. Dr Penny Ding was also lucky enough to be invited to attend the 5th Barcelona International Dragon Boat Festival in May, where her teams were awarded two bronze and one silver medals.

    This annual event, headed by the Lord Mayor, saw over £17,000 raised for the charity Local Solutions. As a charity, they deliver services to support individuals, families and communities across the Liverpool City Region and North Wales at risk of losing their homes.

    Along with the money raised from other projects, our fundraising will pay for two full-time Mentors for two years. This will positively impact the lives of approximately 120 young homeless people/at risk of homelessness.

    We are thrilled to be able to support our local community with positive outcomes while exploring and celebrating Chinese culture and heritage.

    More information about Local Solutions can be found on their website.

    Dr Penny Ding, LCI UK Director and Dragon Boat Race Captain commented, "The UoL Confucius Institute is thrilled to lead a team of eighteen paddlers comprising students, staff, and community members to secure second place in these very competitive races. Dragon boating emphasises teamwork, and I'm immensely proud of our team's achievements, camaraderie, and skill development. We're committed to strengthening our team further and aiming for the gold trophy next year. Knowing that our efforts will benefit disadvantaged youth adds an extra layer of joy to our success."

    Thank you to all this year’s event volunteers and supporters who gave up their time to celebrate this ancient Chinese tradition with us. We hope to have you on the team again next year!

    What is Dragon Boat Racing?

    At over 2,000 years old, dragon boating is not just a sport, but a vibrant cultural festival, too. Born from the ancient tale of Qu Yuan, a beloved poet who leapt into a river, locals raced in boats, banging drums and splashing paddles to shoo away fish. Today, these dramatic, dragon-themed boats and rhythmic drums have turned this commemorative event into a thrilling race celebrated worldwide. It's a colourful splash of history that brings communities together, all in the spirit of unity and celebration.

    Explore more about this sport here.

    If you’d like to hear about our events, and for opportunities to get involved, please sign up for our monthly newsletter by emailing lci@liverpool.ac.uk.

    Keywords: China, Culture, Dragon boat, UoL.

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