Family Learning Day – 11th October 2015

After months of planning and lots of preparation, Cambridge Chinese Community Centre is hosting the Family Learning Day of the year this Sunday 11th of October, with the support of all aspects and the fund from the County Council. This event aims to showcase all the work that could be done in Cambridge Chinese Community Centre to encourage parents to get involved in their children's learning.

We are offering lots of learning activities for families and for all age ranges, including:

Tea Ceremony: The Chinese Tea Ceremony has a long history in China since Tang Dynasty, and became a practice that helps people to cultivate themselves and get spiritual perception. Among scholars, intellectuals and ordinary people, people have different ways of preparing and enjoy the tea.

Yiru Wang, a PHD student of Archaeology from Cambridge University will perform the Chinese Tea Ceremony, sharing with us the Chinese tea culture in the way tea is made and consumed, how people interact with tea, and the aesthetics surrounding tea drinking.

Qin: literally "ancient stringed instrument" , is sometimes referred to by the Chinese as "the father of Chinese music" or "the instrument of sages".

We have invited a young scholar, Tianxing Yang, to perform Qin music for us on the day. Tianxing Yang, from Yangzhou China, is a PHD candidates from Zhejiang University. She has learned Qin from different Qin schools in China and has been invited to perform Qin music in Australia, USA and Thailand. TianxingYang's research project in Zhejiang University was focused on the history of Qin music. With the support from the China Scholarship Council, Tianxing Yang is continuing her work on Qin history in Cambridge University.

Paper Cutting: Paper cutting is popular all over the world, but only the Chinese paper cutting was listed in the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Lists, which was in 2009. The Chinese paper cutting has a history of more than 1500 years and it represents the cultural values of the people throughout China.

The paper cutting artist Shiqi Gao has been teaching students paper cutting and handcraft . Her second major in the university was Intangible Cultural Heritage. She will make paper-cut portrait for you on the site if you like.

Noodle Making: Mr Shang from Henan Province will demonstrate how to make noodles on the day. You will have the opportunity to taste freshly hand-made noodles made by Mr. Shang.

Chess: Chess is an excellent game for kids. It teaches them strategic thinking, logic and it's fun, too! We have invited Dr. Liangchen Zhou to supervise the children at the beginner level.

The Craft of Sewing and Knitting: Jade, one of our member in the Centre, will demonstrate some basic sewing and knitting techniques, which was once an essential skill yet now has become a bobby.

The regular activities of the Centre such as Badminton, Wing Chun, Tai Chi, Lion Dance, Children's Chinese Folk Dance, Art ad Chinese will still be running as usual. You are welcome to observe all the lessons. We also offer face painting for children

Come join us and have fun!

Time: 1-4pm, Sunday, 11th October 2015

Venue: Queen Edith primary School, Godwin Way, Cambridge, CB1 8QP

Entry: Free