Monthly Archives: July 2016

Autumn Language Classes Sept-Dec 2016

The autumn programme of Chinese language classes for students of all levels will start from w/b 26 September.  On line booking is now available. 

Please note that online booking closes on the day the class starts after which bookings can be made directly to the Confucius Institute – subject to places being available.

Our students enjoy their learning at the Institute
Initially learning Chinese is like playing with Lego. The word simply slot together. THere are no male or female nouns, no changes for tenses and no plurals!
Lucas Cloveralcolea, Level 1

Our teachers from our partner Fudan University, in Shanghai, come highly recommended.
Our teacher is fabulous! She explains everything very well, encourages us to speak and really adds to what the textbook offers.
Ann Roodt, Level 2 Student

Classes are attended by a wide range of students.
My class has a diverse range of students of all ages and from a wide range of countries. The atmosphere is always warm, friendly and encouraging. James Hagerty, Level 3 Student

Motivations for learning are many and various.
I love learning Chinese. For me its a hobby, a challenge and very satisfying.
Felicity Rodner, Level 4 Student

To find out more or to register for a class please go to our online booking link page.



Autumn Chinese Calligraphy Classes Sept/Oct 2016

This autumn discover the ancient art of calligraphy using the traditional Chinese brush and ink combination that has been in use for thousands of years.

The five week course will be led by  Chi Zhang, the Institute’s experienced calligraphy teacher.  Students will be introduced to the materials of ink, brush, stone and paper, and initially common techniques will be introduced. The class will focus on the basic strokes of the traditional artistic writing style known as Clerical (Li Shu).  This is an artistic style dating back 2000 years which is still widely used in signage and posters.  This is an easy style to learn so is very suitable for beginners.

Students can anticipate completing at least one piece of Chinese calligraphy artwork per class.  The content can be selected from a range of options including a Chinese poem or perhaps a quotation from an ancient sage.

With a maximum of 10 students in the class plenty of personal attention is guaranteed as well as clear demonstrations and instructions to help students develop their skills.  Both beginners and advanced students are welcome in the class.

The cost is £75 for the 10 hour course which runs Tuesday evenings from 6pm-8pm from 27 September to 25 October 2016.  There is a concession rate of £60.  The fee includes all materials.
A minimum of five students are required to ensure the class goes ahead.

To secure a place on this rewarding course please download this registration PDF
Autumn2016-CalligRegFormHalfTerm, then complete and return it to the Confucius Institute for Scotland with a cheque for the correct amount made out to the University of Edinburgh.


Chinese Calligraphy Five Week Course
Tuesdays from 27 Sept-25 Oct 2016 6pm-8pm
£75 including all materials


Louise Reay: Que Sera, 些拉
4-14 & 16-28 Aug 2016

Once again the Institute is pleased to be supporting this show from SOAS Chinese language graduate Louise Reay.  A comedy in Chinese for people who don’t speak Chinese, Que Sera is her follow up show following last year’s successful Fringe debut when she garnered great reviews.

LOUISE REAY QUE SERA square image“An absurdly brilliant clown act that explores the nature of communication and language” **** (Fringe Review)

“Superb… a standout show” (The Skinny)

“Truly fantastic,…utterly out there” (Al Murray)


Categorised in the Fringe as Comedy, Clown, Surreal, Absurdist, Funny, Stand Up you can catch Louise’s show at 15.20 daily from 4-14 or 16-28 August in Venue 88. Just the Tonic at the Caves. Advance booking here.