We will be hosting a stimulating programme of free events in conjunction with the “Shen Fuzong, the first Chinese visitor to Oxford” exhibition, to include lectures, a conference and children’s activities during half term. Please note that registration is required for all of these additional events. Children’s activities can be booked using the online forms below. For further information and to book lectures and/or the conference, please click here.
Children’s activities (please note that these activities are suitable for children aged 4-11 years):
Please fill out the booking form(s) below to reserve a space for your child.
23 October, 10am-3pm: Chinese Lion Dancing workshop and performance
The Lion Dance is an important form of traditional dance in Chinese culture and incorporates many of the essential movements found in Kung Fu. The Chinese Lion Dance workshop will show children some of the basic steps using a smaller version of the costume and the history and tradition will also be explored. The day will close with a performance for family and friends, 2.45pm-3pm.
24 October, 10am-3pm: Chinese Dragon Dancing workshop and performance
The Dragon Dance is one of the most anticipated events of the traditional Lunar New Year celebrations, and is performed on auspicious occasions to ward off evil spirits and welcome good fortune. Dragons are linked in Chinese culture to good luck, long life and wisdom. The day will close with a performance for family and friends, 2.45pm-3pm.
25 October, 10am-3pm: Chinese Music workshop and performance
In the Chinese Music workshop traditional Chinese instruments are introduced through a brief solo demonstration and children are then given the opportunity to play these instruments in a hands-on learning experience. Children will also learn to sing some simple Chinese songs. The day will close with a performance for family and friends, 2.45pm-3pm.
26 October, 2pm-3pm: Chinese cooking
26 October, 3pm-4pm: Chinese cooking
26 October, 4pm-5pm: Chinese cooking
We are delighted to welcome St Hugh’s chef Tara McSweeney to lead three workshops in which children will have the opportunity to learn how to make some traditional Chinese treats. Due to limited capacity, please only book your child into one of the cooking sessions.