Monthly Archives: January 2010

China Inside-Out – March 2010

An innovative creative writing conference will take place in early March with options to attend some or all of the varied event programme.

Organised by the Confucius Institute in conjuntion with Scottish PEN this three day event brings together Chinese women writing fiction, non-fiction and poetry in English with Scottish women writers. Opening with a keynote public lecture on Thursday 11 March in the Playfair Library and two days of events at Abden House on 12 and 13 March booking is now available. For full details please visit our micro-site,

Year of the Tiger – New Year Party – February 2010

Friday 12 February will see the doors open at 6-30pm for the Confucius Institute`s annual Spring Festival Party when Abden House will have an Open House event with the opportunity for you to try your hand at mah-jong, Chinese chess and of course, the ever popular Karaoke! A full programme of entertainment is planned and drinks and snacks will be provided.

This is an Open House event but it would help us greatly if you could notify us if you plan to come along. Simply drop an email to to let us know how many of you wish to join in.

All old and new friends of the Institute, Chinese students and students of Chinese are especially welcome.

The evening starts at 6.30pm and will finish by 10pm

Shanghai and the 2010 Expo

A special exhibition, curated by the Confucius Institute on the history of Shanghai and the 2010 Expo opens this week.

Shanghai Expo 2010, with the theme `Better City, Better Life`, will explore the full potential of urban life in the 21st century, a significant period in urban evolution with 55% of the world`s population currently living in cities.

With over 70 million people expected to visit the Expo over its 184 day life, the Confucius Institute has created a special exhibition and website on Shanghai and the Expo to provide advance information.

The first venue for the Exhibition is at the Scottish Government HQ at Victoria Quay, Edinburgh. During February, senior school pupils from Scottish schools, will visit the exhibition to gain insight into the history of the city of Shanghai and the plans for the 2010 Expo.

While this venue has restrictions on access further venues will be announced on our website as dates are confirmed. Meantime visit our micro site to find out more about Shanghai and the 2010 Expo.