SPARK: Celebrating Inclusion in Hong Kong and the UK

Art and Retail—An Unlikely Marriage Provides a New Funding Model for Culture

From Comic Culture to Virtual Reality: The Art of Animation in Hong Kong

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China’s Bookstores Band Together To Survive the Epidemic – Sixth Tone

February 28, 2020
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China introduces measures to support culture, recreation industries: Officials – CGTN

February 28, 2020
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Visit theaters online to beat cabin fever and get cultured – Chinadaily.com.cn – Chinadaily USA

February 28, 2020
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Spring tea harvest in village in Hunan

March 27, 2020
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Jin Opera performers move stage to live streaming platform

March 27, 2020
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Festive China: Spring Equinox

March 27, 2020
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UK-China Research-Industry Creative Partnerships Call

October 4, 2019

AHRC is pleased to announce a call for UK-China Research-Industry Creative Partnerships. This is the second stage of a new international programme seeking to develop research-industry partnerships between the UK and China in the creative industries. The programme is funded through the UKRI (UK Research and Innovation) Fund for International Collaboration (FIC). The overarching aim of the programme is to enable a rapid scaling-up of engagements between the UK and China - with a specific focus on Shanghai as China’s cultural and creative industries powerhouse - in order to facilitate new collaborations in the creative industries that deliver sustained economic, cultural and intellectual benefits in both countries. The call will establish between 5 and 8 Creative Partnerships bringing together HEIs and / or Independent Research Organisations, creative industries businesses and other key partner organisations to deliver new activity around an area of thematic focus that will drive growth and world-leading standards of research and innovation through the pooling of expertise, knowledge and resources. The Partnerships will be balanced in the division of roles, responsibilities and activities between the two countries and comprise an appropriate mix of academic expertise and creative industry representation both from the UK and China. The UK-China Research-Industry Creative Partnerships should be framed around R&D activity in one of the following areas: Creative Design: particularly in relation to the creation of new products and services at the intersection of design and big dataTheatre and the performing arts: particularly in relation to mixed reality experiencesFashion and textilesStory-telling and animationThe use of interactive and immersive technologies in museums and cultural institutionsGaming Funding up to a maximum of £500k is available per project on the UK side on a full economic cost (fEC) basis with AHRC meeting 80% of the fEC. Applicants will be required to demonstrate equivalent resource investment to support the Chinese component of projects. Projects should be a maximum of 36 months in duration and should start by 1st February 2020. Closing Date: 24/10/2019 The deadline for applications will close at 4pm (UK time) on the 24th October 2019. Source from AHRC.

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Open Call: Shanghai Curators Lab Ⅱ

September 5, 2019

Hosted by SAFA (Shanghai Academy of Fine Art, Shanghai University) and Shanghai International Art City Research Institute, in collaboration with Shanghai Biennale (Power Station of Art), Shanghai Curators Lab (SCL) is a dynamic and challenging curatorial platform for early career curators focusing on experimental and critical discussion of the ecology of curatorial practice. SCL is also an artistic agency to intervene in and interpret the meaning of artistic and cultural production in a period of transforming knowledge, information, systems and values. Since curatorial practice has become an open-ended, catalytic cultural agency for shifting perspectives on artistic, socio-political, environmental, urban and various industrial showcases, a wide range of intersectional meeting points for research and practice is essential.  Call for Applications: Shanghai Curators Lab 2 Deadline: September 5, 2019 Lead Professors: Yongwoo Lee, Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath Host: SAFA (Shanghai Academy of Fine Arts, Shanghai University) Organiser: Shanghai International Art City Research Institut E-mail: info@curatorslab.cn Applicants interested in participating should email their self-introduction letter, resume, and motivation to the specified email address below by September 5. The applications will be reviewed by lead professors and representatives of relevant institutions. Applications will only be accepted via email, with a final selection of 22 curators under the age of 33. SCL will provide free tuition and accommodations for the selected curators. Participants will be responsible for their own round-trip air tickets to and from Shanghai as well as their meals during their stay. Source from: http://www.curatorslab.cn

A Guide to Arts and Culture Opportunities in China

A Guide to Arts and Culture Opportunities in China

25 Feb, 2020

Opportunities for international collaboration in China are wide -ranging. The British Council in China has commissioned this practical guide to arts, culture and creative activities to help UK stakeholders access these opportunities. This report is to support cultural and creative organisations, artists, practitioners, and SMEs to better understand the trends and developments across China’s cultural and creative sectors. All too often, relationships are focused on the largest markets and the so called first tier cities including, Shanghai, Beijing, Shenzhen and Guangzhou. This guide also highlights the “off the beaten path” developments and opportunities in China. These include new and emerging fields of arts and culture as well as cities and regions which have their own unique cultural identity and offer. The report is broad in scope, covering national and regional policies, and cultural projects and activities from the breadth of China’s provinces and sectors. It should act as a starting point to encourage artists, SMEs and institutions in the UK to further explore relevant opportunities for collaboration in China. The British Council commissioned a similar guide in 2008. In the past ten years, the cultural sector in China has changed drastically with huge investment in infrastructure and massive audience growth. The number of large UK institutions working in China has also increased to include the Tate, British Museum and the V&A. The new guide provides an up-to-date view of the Chinese cultural landscape with the aim of strengthening the existing cultural relationship between China and the UK. Particular focus is given to opportunities for SMEs, individual artists and smaller institutions who would like to work in China. The guide lays out the opportunities for the UK in sectors that are relevant across all of China, including: performing arts, film, the visual arts, cultural heritage and cultural tourism. It also covers regional developments and opportunities across four of China’s key territories: North-Central, East, Greater Bay Area and South West.

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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"]