Chinese celebrations everyone’s cup of tea

A pop-up Chinese tea house will transform The Mound in Edinburgh to mark the first ever global Chinese language day.

The event, which takes place on Saturday 27 September, will feature a host of activities, including calligraphy workshops, Tai Chi sessions and lessons teaching basic Chinese phrases.

The Edinburgh celebration is one of more than 800 events worldwide to mark the tenth anniversary of the Confucius Institute (CI) project, which aims to promote Chinese culture and language across the globe.

Eclectic events

Stage performances throughout the day will showcase modern Chinese pop music, dance and classical music.

Further attractions include storytelling from the award-winning Rickshaw Theatre, telling tales of contemporary migrant workers in China, and two giant panda mascots will also make an appearance.

A wishing tree will also be available for visitors to write their hopes and dreams on paper and decorate the tree for luck.

Music and sport tasters

Visitors can also try a selection of traditional string and wind instruments, while learning about the country’s contemporary music.

Other options include a game of Ti Jianzi - also known as Shuttlecock Kicking - a popular ball game that dates back more than 2,000 years.

A range of Chinese teas will also be on offer for people to enjoy while watching the events.

We are delighted to celebrate and showcase such a wide variety of events representing China and its historical and contemporary facets. The Confucius Institute for Scotland aims to facilitate interactions between Scotland and China across the sectors of business, education and culture, and we hope that these vibrant and fun events will appeal to all ages to stimulate international engagement.

Professor Natascha GentzDirector of the Confucius Institute for Scotland in the University of Edinburgh

CI Day has been arranged by the Confucius Institute for Scotland and is supported by the Chinese Consulate and the Scottish Government.

Related Links

More information on CI Day

The Confucius Institute for Scotland in the University of Edinburgh

School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures