The Year of the Ox is upon us, and the astrologers are predicting that we are in for a calmer time. Certainly the New Year celebrations are a lot more subdued than usual – but whilst there’s no parade through the city centre, there’s still plenty of online events taking place between now and the end of the month. Below are just four of the best…

Get crafty with CFCCA's free lantern making workshop | Until Tue 23 Feb

Lanterns are a major part of the Chinese New Year festivities, so the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art has teamed up with sculptor Stephanie Jong to show you how to make them in three different styles. The workshop is suitable for all ages/ability levels and uses only readily available materials. The video, which has both English and Chinese subtitles, is viewable via the link, below.

Explore race, identity and myth during Manchester City of Literature's Poetry Night | Tue 16 Feb | 7pm

This event celebrates the launch of the brand-new Chinese language collection at Manchester Poetry Library. The evening will include readings from three UK-based poets of Chinese heritage: Kit Fan, Jennifer Lee Tsai, and Natalie Linh Bolderston. Their work explores important issues such as race, identity, myth, and estrangement. After the readings, there will be Q&As with each poet.

Tune into Kung Fu, Tai Chi & Lion Dance performances with Chinese Health Information Centre | Wed 17 Feb | 1.30pm

This packed afternoon has a whole host of activities on the agenda. There will be Kung Fu and a performance of the traditional Lion Dance. A demonstration of Tai Chi comes courtesy of Wenli Yue from Chen Style. Also, Jenny Wang and the ShuLan College of Medicine will present songs and dance. Please follow the link below to register your interest.

Learn the basics of a new language with this Mandarin Taster Session | Fri 19 Feb | 12.30pm

Learning Mandarin is becoming increasingly popular, as the language is now widely recognised as valuable in both business and education. Delivered via Zoom, this informal, interactive session will be hosted by an experienced teacher from Manchester University’s Confucius Institute. You’ll leave the session having learned some key words and phrases, such as basic numbers and how to greet people.

Mon 15 Feb
A. James Simpkin
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Mon 15 Feb 2021