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.