Cultural Infrastructure and How it Supports City Development in China
January 20 2022 | 9:00 am - 10:30 am GMT
Cultural Infrastructure: How it Supports the Development of Cities in China
The speed at which cultural infrastructure is developed in China is no new story. Though the lasting legacy of the pandemic on the scale and type of cultural infrastructure is still unknown, China has contributed a handful of new projects in 2020 to the growth of aggregate size of completed physical assets, according to the recent AEA report.
Cultural infrastructure is not only about famous landmarks, but about everyday experiences of arts and culture and giving access to people and community.
With the country’s mission to become a museum power by 2035 and various local cultural development initiatives, we invite a panel of experts to discuss what the scale and the character of this concentration of development reveal to us in terms of social changes and audience engagement across China.
Emerging Chinese Talents with a Global Perspective
February 24 2022 | 9:00 am - 10:30 am GMT
Emerging Talents – Stories from the Stage
In 2018, British Council and the Royal Court worked together on Royal Court’s first ever programme of plays by Chinese playwrights, offered a unique opportunity for British audiences to hear from a generation of writers who have grown up in a transforming nation. The writers express with power, humour and originality with surprising insights into a fascinating and fast changing society.
Today, we invite two participants of the project and Laoyaojing Theatre ensemble to share their latest stories and theatre practices.
Inclusion in Practice – Collaborations, Challenges and Ambitions
March 17 2022 | 9:00 am - 10:30 am GMT
Inclusion in Practice – UK-China Collaborations
In China, there are limited opportunities for producers to advance their knowledge and skills to develop and lead international collaboration projects in the area of arts and inclusion. This has been further highlighted due to the ongoing travel restrictions and lack of in-person international exchange between the UK and China.
In early 2021, the British Council and Unlimited partnered up to support UK/China Deaf Project,a collaboration between two deaf artists, Troi Lee (UK), a Deaf Festival curator and Junxiang Zhu, a Deaf dancer and mime artist, based in Guangzhou (China) to carry forward joint research on how to link artistic performance with sign language, as well as the potential of developing a platform via social media in China.
In this session, we invite the artists to share with us their collaboration and also will present a customised training programme from Manchester International Festival to support a cohort of talented D/deaf and disabled producers in China, who will learn formal training on how to present their inclusive work to an international audience.
Troi Lee, London based Deaf DJ, performer, festival curator and events organiser
Paul Clay, International Director,Manchester International Festival
Zhu Junxiang, Mime performer, the founder of Zhuye Mime Studio, core member of XuFan Drama Art studio.
Kate Fox, Access Manager, Manchester International Festival
March 17 2022 | 10:45 am - 11:45 am GMT
Inclusion in Practice - Art as a Catalyst for Social Change
What is the role of Art and Culture when it comes to global and local challenges in our time? Engaging with art is not simply a solitary event. The arts and culture represent one of the few areas in our society where people can come together to share an experience even if they see the world in radically different ways. The important thing is not that we agree about the experience that we share, but that we consider it worthwhile sharing an experience at all.
This session we invite two speakers who are active in their fields to bring people together for a shared journey through public spaces and theatre in China, leveraging art as a catalyst for social changes.