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Chinese Culture Demonstrations

Invite a team of Chinese art and culture experts to your school and increase students’ global awareness through unique and engaging cultural presentations. UK Confucius Institute’s experts can demonstrate traditional Chinese music, martial arts, calligraphy and more. These experts can come to your school to work in small groups or perform for the entire student body. 

2017-2018 School Year

The following areas are available: 

  • Chinese calligraphy 
  • Chinese Zither 
  • Chinese Erhu 
  • Martial Arts 
  • Tai Chi 
  • Chinese Tea Ceremony 
  • Chinese Painting

Any request should be made at least one month before the showcase date and will be scheduled basing on a “first come, first served” principle.   

To schedule a Chinese culture showcase please complete the online form here:

For our UKCI K-12 Chinese partner schools, the school administration must send an email confirming the date and time of the proposed showcase before the showcase can be scheduled. Please write "Chinese Culture Showcase" in subject line. Emails should be sent to Jing Yang (Email: jing.yang@uky.edu; Office 850-257-4523).

For schools that do not have our K-12 Chinese Language, Culture Development, and Enhancement Program there will be a fee to cover the cost of materials and travel for our group.

Our specialists can provide:

  • 30-minute performance for entire school;
  • 45-minute workshop for a single class;
  • 30-minute performance for the entire school, followed by a 30-minute hands on demonstration with a select group of students experiencing all the arts;
  • 30-minute performance for the entire school, and five 30-minute workshop sessions in classrooms with a select group of students rotating to different workshops.
Request a showcase or demonstration here

Traditional Chinese Painting

Chinese painting is one of the oldest continuous artistic traditions in the world. It is done with a brush dipped in black or colored ink instead of oil paints. Students will see an on-site demonstration and learn brief Chinese painting history.

Chinese Calligraphy

Chinese calligraphy is the oldest continuously used system of writing in the world. Students will learn the instruments that are used in calligraphy and also a brief history of its development.

Chinese Zither

Chinese zither, or Guzheng, is a traditional 21 string instrument. It has wonderful tones, employs rich skills in playing and elicits strong, expressive, forceful performance. Students will see an on-site demonstration and learn the basic knowledge and skills of Guzheng playing.

Chinese Yangqin

The trapezoidal yangqin, or Chinese hammered dulcimer, originated in Persia. In the orchestra, it often adds to the harmony by playing chords or arpeggios. Students will see an on-site demonstration and learn the basic knowledge and skills of Yangqin music.

Chinese Erhu

The “Chinese violin,” or Erhu, is one of the most popular solo instruments in the Huqin family. The instrument’s sound is elegant and expressive. Students will see an on-site demonstration and try playing the instrument themselves.

Martial Arts

Learn the 5,000 year-old Chinese art of self-defense like Jet Li and Jackie Chan. Students will learn this combat sport through strikes, punches and kicks.

Tai Chi

Improve balance, flexibility, and inner harmony with this Chinese martial art form. Students will learn meditation along with the flowing movements while improving immunity and overall health.

Chinese Tea Ceremony

Tea was and remains a central piece in the Asian cultures, especially in China where it first originated.   Discover the wonderful atmosphere of a traditional Chinese tea ceremony and find out the meaning of the art of tea preparation and drinking.