Press Releases 2017

UWTSD hosts a special festival of Chinese culture and medicine

14.07.2017

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David this week co-hosted on its Lampeter Campus a special event with the Chinese Traditional Culture Promotion Society and Beijing DaoYiZhouCheng Education Technology Research Institute, celebrating Chinese culture.

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Entitled ‘Mind, Body and Spirit: A Festival of Chinese Culture and Medicine’, the event offered an opportunity to experience and learn about Chinese medicine, acupuncture, meditation methods, herbal remedies and a process of healing via the rhythmical sounds of a Gong.  There was also a Tai Chi and Kung Fu demonstration.

Up to 120 people attended the event which included workshops, talks and demonstrations, many with full participation from the audience. 

All the sessions were delivered by experts from the Chinese Traditional Culture Promotion Society, who are currently touring the UK, and by practitioners of well-being techniques from the local community.

Dr Jeremy Smith, Dean for the Faculty of Humanities and Performing Arts UWTSD said:

“We were delighted to have the opportunity to host such a special event that helped promote an understanding, celebrate and appreciate Chinese culture, traditions and people. Lampeter is a renowned  centre for engaging both practioners and the wider public in a variety of well-being, spiritual and cultural heritage activities and events, and we hope, in the future, to bring to West Wales many more such fascinating traditional skills, practices and understandings.

The University has strong links with China including through the Chin Kung Multi-cultural Education Foundation and the Beijing Union University and this was an opportunity to bring everybody together and celebrate these relationships.  UWTSD of course is home to Wales' first Confucius Institute which was launched in October 2007 with a mission to build bridges between Wales and China - providing a gateway to China, its education, its language and its culture. 

This event was also an opportunity for us to open our doors to the community and give people a chance to learn more about China’s tradition and culture.  In so many ways China is currently undergoing profound social, economic and political change, at a breakneck speed. Yet it is also the home of such a wonderful array of different traditional approaches and ways that it can simultaneously feel timeless, long established and immemorial. There are many exciting developments happening on our Lampeter campus at present as we develop into a beacon for interest in Heritage, Faith and the Environment.  Therefore we look forward to welcoming everybody back to the Lampeter campus for further events in the future.” 

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Lindsey Gilroy, Business Development Officer at UWTSD Lampeter said

“The “Mind Body and Spirit Chinese cultural event was a wonderful day. I would like to extend a huge thank you to the Chinese Traditional Cultural promotion society for spending their time with us in Lampeter this week and for sharing with us their knowledge and traditions.

It was a very successful event which gave our guests an opportunity to observe, experience and take part in many activities that have arisen from centuries of Chinese and Eastern traditional approaches from well-being and good health. In addition to the Chinese delegation’s workshops and sessions, we were lucky to have been joined by staff and friends from the Confucius Institute and from practitioners of alternative and traditional approaches to well-being from the local community. The day was a wonderful multicultural and multilingual event including talks and activities such as mindfulness meditation, Chinese arts and crafts workshops including Calligraphy and Tea Ceremony, Tai Chi and Kung Fu, acupuncture and acupressure treatment, a gong ceremony, yoga, and wild foraging for medicinal plants.

The event was attended by over 120 people and was very well supported by the local community who came out in significant numbers to show support and a warm welcome to our Chinese guests and friends.”

Further Information

For more information please contact Arwel Lloyd, Principal PR and Communications Officer, on 01267 676663 / arwel.lloyd@uwtsd.ac.uk