China Now Dialogues – Cultural Exchange in the New Normal

The China Now Dialogues is a series of online events exploring the latest developments in the arts and culture sector in China for UK arts and culture professionals and stakeholders.

The series is exclusively for members of the China Now website, a free membership website set up by the British Council to keep UK cultural sector professionals up to date and engaged with cutting edge advances in China.

The series will have 3 events from January to March 2022. All live talks and panels will have simultaneous interpretation and British Sign Language interpretation. Audiences will have chance to ask questions and network with peers and speakers.

The conference aims to bring a diversity of voices from China to the UK, each panel has been carefully selected to offer unique insights directly from China.

Conference Schedule

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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.

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.

Thursday 20 January

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.

Thursday 24 February

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.

Thursday 17 March

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.

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.