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University of Ulster's Confucius centre to be launched

Northern Ireland’s new Confucius Institute is to be officially opened with a week of events celebrating our burgeoning relationship with China.

Chinese Culture Week is set to get underway on Friday with a ceremony in Jordanstown marking the official launch of the Confucius Institute at the University of Ulster.

A range of events will also take place in the university’s four campuses — in Belfast, Jordanstown, Coleraine and Magee — from Saturday, and also in Lisburn, Carrickfergus, Stormont and Belfast City Hall.

UU’s Dean of the Faculty of the Arts, Professor Pól Ó Dochartaigh said opening the centre was a “hugely significant” step in developing relationships with China.

“We hope that the array of events will give people a taste of the country’s rich culture and help them develop an appetite for more knowledge about China.”

The festival will include musical recitals, Chinese culinary arts and gymnastics displays at a number of venues on and off campus.

This will be followed on April 16 by a Chinese music recital in Jordanstown and a gymnastics event in the Salto Gymnastics Centre in Lisburn.

Belfast Telegraph