Press Releases 2014-2015

Tenth Anniversary Celebrations at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s Confucius Institute

18.09.2014

Students and staff from the Confucius Institute at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) are busy preparing for the 10th Anniversary of Confucius Institutes worldwide which takes place between September 26th-28th.

The Confucius Institute at UWTSD is the doorway into China for schools, university students, businesses and communities in Wales. Set up with the backing of the Chinese Ministry of Education, the Institute is a major centre for Mandarin provision in Wales.

With an office at the UWTSD Swansea campus and a centre at the University’s Lampeter campus, the Institute manages an ever-growing network of Associate Schools and six Confucius Classrooms, all of which have their own dedicated Mandarin teachers delivering language courses and Chinese Studies curriculum enrichment.

The tenth anniversary celebrations will give members of the public the chance to find out more about Lampeter’s historical connections with China and to experience the richness of Chinese culture.

To mark the anniversary, people of all ages are invited to a number of Chinese culture workshops, talks and exhibitions which will be held at the Lampeter campus on Saturday September 27th.

A delegation from Beijing Union University, one of UWTSD’S partners in China, will officially open the festivities at 9.30am at the Roderic Bowen Library.

A public talk by Laura Newton will follow at 11.00am, which will celebrate the fascinating life of Thomas Phillips, a benefactor to Saint David’s College, now UWTSD, who set sail to Canton and Macao in 1796.

As part of the anniversary celebrations, an exhibition will also be held at the library which offers a glimpse into Thomas Phillips’ remarkable life.  Open to the public from September 22nd-October 3rd, the exhibition will display a selection of rare books on China donated by Phillips, which have been a part of the University archives for almost two hundred years.

Also on display in the Confucius Institute Reading Room in the Learning Resources Centre is a display of traditional Chinese paper cuttings as well as the Chinese Food Culture Exhibition.

From 12.00pm on Saturday, September 27th, members of the public will also be able to take part in a programme of workshops in Lampeter, including Chinese cookery, kite flying, and calligraphy. The day will be a perfect outing for families looking to try out some activities that are hallmarks of Chinese culture, including paper cutting, Tai Chi, Chinese brush painting and a tea ceremony. There will be an opportunity to learn the most widely spoken language in the world too – Mandarin -  in the Mandarin Corner.

At 5pm, a lively programme of performances at the Arts Hall on the Lampeter Campus will encompassNorth West China Folk mountain music, Contemporary dance, a Chinese Tea Ceremony and a Martial Arts Demonstration. A Tai Chi Demonstration will also take place along with a song and poetry recitation by pupils from Confucius Classrooms.

The weekend’s celebrations will culminate on Sunday, September 28th with a spectacular performance of songs and popular extracts from the Peking Opera at UWTSD’s Townhill Theatre in Swansea performed by the outstanding troupe from the National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts.

For further information regarding the events and for tickets to the performance at the UWTSD Townhill campus in Swansea, please contact k.krajewska@tsd.uwtsd.ac.uk 

Peking Opera performance Venue: Townhill Theatre, University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Townhill Campus, Swansea, SA2 0UT

Note to Editor

1. The University of Wales Trinity Saint David was established in 2010 through the merger of the University of Wales Lampeter and Trinity University College, Carmarthen. On 1 August 2013 the Swansea Metropolitan University merged with the University.

2. The University’s Royal Charter 1828 is the oldest in Wales, and it is third behind Oxford and Cambridge in Wales and England. HRH Prince of Wales is the Patron of the University.

3. On 1 August, 2013 Coleg Sir Gâr merged with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David Group, however they will keep their own brand. Coleg Ceredigion merged with the Group on 1 January 2014.

Further Information

For more information please contact Siân-Elin Davies, Senior PR and Communications Officer, on 01267 676908 / sian-elin.davies@tsd.uwtsd.ac.uk