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A real innovation…Holmfirth, Honley High and Almondbury Community School students joined the Learning CIC ( a local ‘ not for profit’ company) to work on a new and exciting cultural exchange with students from all over China.

The aim of the programme was to develop a real partnership between Chinese and British young people to allow both groups to find out about each other’s cultures and lifestyles.


Families from Honley and Holmfirth  provided a safe, warm and caring  Homestay experience for the Chinese students which gave them a real insight into the British way of life…











The Programme….

Based at Huddersfield University the students worked with Andrew Loretto and his production team on a highly innovative version of Romeo and Juliet. ‘Selfies’ and student comment on WhatsApp were an important part of the performance. The audience were asked to join a Group Chat and  be ready to follow the performers from the attractive outdoors at the University to the large, splendid space in the new Oastler building. The day ended with a fine ‘Fish and Chip’ supper thanks to the University











Yorkshire and the UK at its very best!

The group saw powerful production of Anthony and Cleopatra at Stratford upon Avon

and had spent time at the National Gallery in London. A visit to Portcullis House for a discussion on British politics with the team of the new local MP for Colne Valley, Thelma Walker, was highly engaging for both the UK and Chinese students.

The Chinese students finished their trip with 5 days in London where they went to Cambridge, to the Natural History Museum, The Globe Theatre, The Tate modern and a range of other iconic buildings and venues. And then they shopped!!


Difficult to describe is the joy, fun and learning the programme generated.

UK and Chinese students engaged across language and discovered more about each others cultures and ways of living.


Yorkshire and the UK at its very best!