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Look ahead to Chinese New Year with the Business Confucius Institute

Discover your BCI
Wednesday 10 January 2024, 10:30 - 15:30
HELIX, University of Leeds
Open to
All (staff, students, members of the local community)

With one month to go until the Year of the Dragon, join us at HELIX to explore, learn, and make connections.

We are launching our Spring Festival educational resources with a day of cultural activities, language tasters and hands-on engagement opportunities.

Open to staff, students and external guests, as well as Spring Festival experts and novices! Come along and get involved!

Drinks and snacks will be provided. Please register to give us an idea of numbers.

  • Learn about Spring Festival traditions and share your own.
  • Take part in a Mandarin language taster to get a feel for the language and try some New Year greetings.
  • Film messages and greetings to get the celebrations started.
  • Have a go on the amazing lightboard and be part of a unique collaborative piece.
  • Get involved in crafty activities and create decorations to take away.
  • Experience the podcasting studio and share your stories about Spring Festival.

If you celebrate Spring Festival, join us to share your knowledge and excitement with others. If you work with students, staff or alumni then this is a fantastic opportunity to gather content and inspiration for your communication channels and events.

Get inspired and energised to continue learning and celebrating as the festival approaches!

Filming and photography will be taking place at this event. Please let us know if you do not wish to be included.


Join us for tea and coffee from 10:30am, and Chinese sweets and snacks from 12:00pm. You are welcome to bring your own lunch along too!

Scheduled sessions

  • 11:00am - Introduction to Chinese New Year traditions
  • 11:30am - Mandarin language taster
  • 2:00pm - Introduction to Chinese New Year traditions
  • 2:30pm - Mandarin language taster

Drop-in activities

  • Film messages and greetings
  • Add to the Lightboard sharing greetings and illustrating what Spring Festival means to you (from noon)
  • Get crafty in the Makerspace doing calligraphy and paper cutting
  • Take part in a conversation in the podcast studio
  • Browse cultural displays and demonstrations