Vanishing Point’s Interiors

Beijing 707N Theatre

Vanishing Point is Scotland’s foremost artist-led independent theatre company, internationally recognised and acclaimed for its distinctive, ground-breaking and visionary work. This autumn, the company will tour its award-winning, internationally acclaimed production Interiors to two Chinese cities – Shanghai and Jiashan. It is a deeply mysterious and powerfully intense piece of work, inspired by Nobel Prize winner Maurice Maeterlinck’s astonishing play of the same name.

Philharmonia Orchestra

Nanjing Grand Theatre, Shanghai Symphony Hall, Beijing Poly Theatre

October will see a return of the Philharmonia Orchestra to China and South Korea for the first time with Esa Pekka Salonen, and soloist Krystian Zimerman. Zimerman performs Bernstein’s Age of Anxiety as part of the Bernstein 100 anniversary celebrations

Britain’s Greatest Living Pianist: Stephen Hough

Premiere Performances

Piano genius Stephen Hough returns to Hong Kong with a specially-devised solo recital that explores every side of his artistic personality: thinker, communicator and supreme virtuoso. As one of the supporters, British Council fans could enjoy a ticket discount from 18 August 2018. More details will be revealed via British Council Hong Kong Facebook.

Swire Properties x V&A – ‘Shoes: Pleasure and Pain

Swire Properties Limited in partnership with the Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Shoes: Pleasure and Pain' explores the transformative power of footwear and how footwear choices reflect personality and capture identity. This touring Victoria and Albert Museum exhibition features over 140 pairs of shoes from around the world and from as far back as the 14th century, including footwear created by iconic designers and items worn by international celebrities. Swire Properties will bring this exhibition to Pacific Place in September and October, its final stop on a tour of China.

National Youth Theatre of Great Britain X HKYAF X ArtisTree: FLOOD

Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation in collaboration with ArtisTree

This September, National Youth Theatre of Great Britain, ArtisTree and Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation have come together for the world premiere of FLOOD, a brand new piece written by award-winning British playwright Rory Mullarkey. Taking inspiration from flooding as a major global issue, the performance explores the consequences of flooding and the salvaging of hope in the midst of despair.

Another Way of Telling

British Council, Shanghai Center of Photography, Three Shadows Gallery, OCAT Xi’an

“Another Way of Telling” showcases almost 100 works from the rich, dynamic careers of Anna Fox and Karen Knorr, two leading documentary photographers in the UK. Here, acerbic wit is brought to sharp social commentary on subjects that are seen through two highly individual perspectives that wrap in a warm dose of humor from the photographers’ penetrating insight into the issues of our times.

Curious Directive’s Frogman

Beijing Inside-out Theatre

Since 2008 Curious Directive has evolved into a small family of theatre-makers led by Artistic Director Jack Lowe. Operating from Norwich, the collective forges relationships with science communities, theatre-audiences and technology partners in pursuit of emotionally charged science-led theatre. The Collective will present its technically innovative, new devised piece 'Frogman' in Beijing at the Inside-out Theatre for 10 performances as part of the Art and Technology Festival, and in Nanjing (venue and dates TBC).

MOViE MOViE Life is Art – Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist


The uncompromising Queen of Punk Fashion is Dame Vivienne Westwood, who, while sitting alongside Gucci and Dior, still fights to preserve her brand’s integrity and legacy. With exclusive, unprecedented access, the Sundance-nominated WESTWOOD: PUNK, ICON, ACTIVIST follows Vivienne’s march from post-war Derbyshire onto the runway, as she continues to redefine British culture and fashion with a rebellious spirit in a world driven by consumerism and global expansion.

Chengdu International Bookstore Festival – UK Guest of Honour

Fangsuo Commune, British Council

Fangsuo Commune and British Council jointly host this year's UK Guest of Honour programme for their annual event, with the theme “Reading: The New Wave” covering solo talks, panel discussion and workshops. 5 UK guests of writers, publishers, bookshops will join the festival including • Natalia de la Ossa , Retail Manager, London Review Bookshop • Tamara McFarlane, Owner of Tales on the Moon Lane Children’s Bookshop, Writer • Christopher MacLehose, Scottish Publisher, Founder of MacLehose Press • Rob Davies, Publishing Manager, British Library • Richard Charkin, Executive Director, Bloomsbury Publishing

Manchester Camerata China tour

Manchester Camerata

Famous for innovation, the orchestra pops up in all sorts of places, from concert halls to care homes, and collaborates with a spectrum of artists, from classical superstars like Martha Argerich to the Hacienda DJs. The orchestra’s Music Director and conductor, Gábor Takács-Nagy, is one of the finest musicians and a magnet for international artists. Camerata is at the forefront of music-led dementia research.

Dua Lipa China tour

Live Nation

Dua Lipa’s self-titled debut studio album was released on 2 June 2017. The album spawned seven singles, including two UK top-10 singles "Be the One" and "IDGAF" and the UK number-one single "New Rules". In February 2018, Lipa won two Brit Awards for British Female Solo Artist and British Breakthrough Act. This is Lipa's first China tour.

Phoenix Dance Theatre

Hangzhou Grand Theatre

Phoenix Dance Theatre will present an unmissable evening of dance featuring three works by three acclaimed choreographers. Each work has a distinct dance language that demonstrates the company’s internationally respected athletic power and gives the audience a broad experience of contemporary dance. They include: Maybe Yes Maybe, Maybe No Maybe by Aletta Collins, Calyx by Sandrine Monin and Troy Game by Robert North.

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