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Aston celebrates Chinese New Year

6 February 2007 – for immediate release

On Friday 8th February, 100 youngsters from local schools with little or no prior knowledge of Chinese Mandarin will take part in a 'Celebrating China' day at Aston University’s Lakeside Conference Centre.

The event is part of the West Midlands Routes into Languages Consortium activities.

The Year 8 pupils will take part in a series of 'hands-on' workshops looking at Chinese language, culture, traditions, arts, and the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

They will also experience a practical Tai Chi session led by professional instructor Mark Peters, who is Head of the West Midlands based Kai Ming Association.

The event is funded by the Routes into Languages West Midlands Consortium and is the first in a series of themed cultural events led by Aston University this year.

More information about the Programme can be found at www.routesintolanguages.ac.uk or email:routes@aston.ac.uk

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For further press information please contact Sally Finn on 0121 204 4552 or Hannah Brookes on 0121 204 4549.

Notes for editors:

• The event will run between 9.30am and 2.30pm and a full programme is available on request.

• The Routes into Languages programme is funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England and the Department for Children, Schools and Families. The West Midlands Regional Consortium is led by Aston in collaboration with the universities of Birmingham, Coventry, Keele, Warwick and Wolverhampton. They will deliver a three-year programme of activities aimed at encouraging young people to study languages and increasing the take-up of languages from school to university.

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