Weaving the Future: Contemporary Design for Traditional Firegrass in Yunnan

Cultural Kunming – City of Eternal Spring

The Hidden Gem in Hong Kong: Spoken Word

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A history of China in 8m objects – The Economist

December 6, 2018
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British theatre company scores second-longest running show in Shanghai history – The Irish News

December 6, 2018
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West Kowloon Cultural District Authority wants to strengthen community ties with arts & culture – The News Skill

December 7, 2018
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Why China is a hotbed of short-form music video opportunity – Music Business Worldwide

December 7, 2018
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Sunshine Performing Arts’ inclusivity brightens the lives of disabled children – CGTN

December 7, 2018
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UNESCO seeking to increase Chinese staff – China.org.cn

December 7, 2018
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Open Call | A4 International Residency Programme

February 25, 2019

A4 Artist in Residence International Exchange Programme 2019 is calling for Chinese and abroad artists, curators, researchers to apply for a one to three months' residency at the A4 Art Museum. Starting from 2019, A4 International Artists’ Residency Programme will put emphasis on the sphere of public art, such as land art, outdoor sculptures, installations, communal art and so on. In addition to the programme’s customary support, selected artists can, according to the proposal, obtain extra budget and the chance to install the final work in the public area of LuxeLake. ARIE will provide a round-trip flight ticket, accommodations, studio, material fees, different kinds of salons and sharing sessions and other opportunities depending on projects and cities (Chengdu, Yokohama, Bangkok). Selected artists will be equipped with a programme assistant and be professionally supported by the staff of the museum. Throughout the residence, artists will have the opportunities to attend assorted activities and put on a final exhibition to end this unique residency program that helps artists dive into the local social fabrics and urban spaces. Application are open until February 25, 2019.  Programme Introduction The Artist in Residence International Exchange Program joined by important art institutions and groups from home and abroad, organises residence and exchange activities for artists in China and abroad. It aims to promote international exchange of art and development of contemporary art. During the residence, artists will have the opportunity to visit the resident city, showcase works, exchange ideas and exhibit the outcome of the residence. Residence Duration Flexible. Please confirm for each programme. Who to Eligible to Apply? Contemporary artists and collectives, curators and researchers from China and abroad with over 3 years of experience in art-making or curation who have innovative, groundbreaking practices in their fields are encouraged to apply. All artistic medium are welcome, with a special emphasis on public art, such as land art, outdoor sculptures, installations, community-based art. Amount of the sponsorship Flexible. Please confirm for each programme. Exhibition of work During the residence, participating artists should regularly provide materials to LUXELAKES · A4 Art Museum for media release. The artist will have meetings and discuss the process and implementation of project with museum's staff at the regular intervals. Artists will have the opportunity to attend workshops, academic discussions, Salon talks, and other educational exchange activities, and the final exhibition.  Related rights and obligation (1) With the artist’s consent, work created during the residence will be donated to A4 Art Museum. (2) Artists will own the work completed during the residence, and the cost to transport it back to the home country should be covered by artists. (3) Participators will have the opportunities of open workshop, academic discussion, Salon talk, other educational exchange activities, and the final annual exhibition. (4) Reach out to the embassy, consulate, or cultural council of their home country for possible financial and media support. Application Process Applicants should provide: latest CVs in English and Chinese, and include a personal photo about 1 MB in size; collections of representative work with picture and description, which should reflect the artistic quality and can fully represent the personal style of the artist. The size of easel painting picture and similar art works should be of the same viewing quality, about 1 MB in size and named in the standard order (name of the artist, name of the work, category/ material, size, and year); Music and similar works should be provided in MP3 format or through a website link; performance art and installation work should be provided image information and descriptions with the quality of the picture and format same as described above. Work of other types can use supporting materials accordingly. All materials should be in English; the programme plan for residence, which is  a preliminary draft of art creation plan made by the artist; it may include an overall plan of the residence and requirements during the implementation of that plan such as material, space and people. Applicants can make specific creation plans for specific programs. The plan should be in English and Chinese; the programme application form. This is the major application document. Please download and fill the form in English; and other supporting materials Upon completion, please send it to LUXELAKES·A4 Art Museum official email at: a4office@a4am.cn with the title as: A4 Artist in Residence International Exchange Program.  Note Please do not send the original work or any valuable documents to us. We will not send back any materials except for special requests and the postage should be born by the requester. Any information and materials provided by the artist must be accurate and authentic. Any legal responsibilities related should be borne by the artist. Contact  For any questions about the Artist in Residence International Exchange Program, please contact: LUXELAKES·A4 Art Museum Tel: +86 28 85761265 Address: LUXELAKES·A4 Art Museum, Luxelakes Art Exhibition Centre, Luxelakes, Tianfu New District, Chengdu, China. Email: a4office@a4am.cn Instagram: arie_a4artmuseum   Source from A4 Art Museum.

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Call for Makers – Shenzhen Maker Faire 2018

September 25, 2018

Maker Faire Shenzhen 2018 is awaiting your participation this October. They are welcoming DIY exhibitors, workshop organisers, speakers and performers. If you or your team fits into the above categories or anything in between, please to fill in the application form below and apply for a spot on Maker Faire Shenzhen 2018! International applications are accepted on a rolling basis and we will respond to your applications as we receive them to help make your travel planning easier. Please apply as soon as possible! Application deadline: September 25, 2018(Beijing Time) Maker Faire Shenzhen 2018: October 12 - 14 at Design Society, Shenzhen  In the past 6 years, Maker Faire Shenzhen has gathered makers from 40+ countries to show and tell. These makers are keen to share and showcase everything related to making. In turn, MFSZ has grown with the makers, and at the same time, helped to position Shenzhen as an important destination for the global maker community. 2017 has witnessed Maker Faire Shenzhen leaning towards a focus on Maker Pros, we had Maker Pros coming to share their stories of combining tech and creativity, turning 0 to 1 (ideas to prototypes). And in 2018, we’ll pay more attention to maker’s capabilities and how their expertise matches with social and industrial needs. While retaining the elements of fun, interactivity, education and family-friendly, we’ll have a focus on the aspect of how makers and their creativity/solutions can help solve social problems, improve the education of science & tech as well as co-create with the urban development. We will highlight makers/teams/startups who embraces the concept of “Innovation changes life”. This year, we are also concerned about the people and your stories. We will take both the exhibits and the team into consideration in the process of selecting.   Source from Chaihuo Makers.

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Open Call – UK-China Collaborations in the Creative Industries workshop 2018

September 21, 2018

This workshop will bring together leading experts to explore the potential for enhanced collaboration between the UK and China - with a particular focus on Shanghai - to drive growth and innovation in the creative industries. The workshop will initiate a major new research-industry partnership between the two countries, with the expectation that it will inform multiple funding opportunities over subsequent years. Whilst the workshop is intended to help shape the focus of future funding opportunities, four themes have been highlighted as areas of mutual interest in the UK and China, these will be refined through input at the workshop: screen industries, theatre and performing arts through mixed reality experiences gaming creative design The workshop will take place in Shanghai over two days from Tuesday 6th November to Wednesday 7th November 2018. Expressions of interest to participate in the workshop are invited from UK-based researchers and creative businesses. The event is being organised by AHRC with support from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Innovate UK and UKRI China, and in collaboration with the Shanghai Economy and Information Technology Commission (SEITC) and Shanghai Theatre Academy (STA). Closing Dates Closing Date: 21/09/2018 21/09/2018 – deadline for expressions of interest 28/09/2018 – applicants notified of outcome 06/11/2018 and 07/11/2018 – workshop How to make an application An expression of interest to attend and participate in the workshop should be made through smartsurvey. The deadline for applications is 21st September 2018. Please use the call document to aid the writing of your application. Further Information Contacts AHRC Creative Arts and Digital Humanities team cad@ahrc.ac.uk   Source from AHRC.

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Theatre for Young Audiences in China Report

24 Oct, 2018

China has a long performing arts tradition that includes unique forms of classical dance, music and opera. However, recent decades have seen both young audiences and adults shifting their interest away from traditional performing art forms and towards Western forms of theatre, including theatre produced specifically for children. Growing audience demand has also been influenced by demographic changes. As China’s “Post 80s generation” (those born after 1980) have become parents, they have driven increasing recognition of the important role of theatre in the education and entertainment of their young children. Running in parallel to this has been the relaxing of China’s 37 year one-child policy (announced in 2015), with the aim of increasing the number of children in future generations. The British Council in China commissioned BOP Consulting to produce this briefing note mapping theatre for young audiences in China, in order to support UK performing arts practitioners wishing to work with this sector. This document aims to inform, first by presenting relevant information, for example on main players and market conditions. It then puts forward advice based on analysis of the above, including key considerations and what the opportunities for the UK performing arts sector might look like. This report uses the term ‘theatre for young audiences’ to include all performances made for children and young people between 6 months and 18 years of age. This is so not to exclude older age groups, as the term ‘children’s theatre’ in China usually refers to audiences between 3 and 12 years old. [pdf-embedder url="https://chinanow.britishcouncil.cn/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Theatre-for-Young-Audiences-China_Design_Final.pdf" title="Theatre for Young Audiences-China_Design_Final"]