Dialogue 2022 Speakers

Kate Fox - Access Manager, Manchester International Festival

Inclusion in Practice – UK-China Collaborations

Since 2018, Kate has led on accessibility and disability representation for Manchester International Festival (MIF) – a biennial, artist-led festival presenting original new works from across the spectrum of performing arts, visual arts and popular culture.

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Jason Ho - Curator, urbanist and educator

Inclusion in Practice – Collaborations, Challenges and Ambitions

He is the founder of Mapping Workshop China, and the director of FEI Arts Museum Guangzhou.

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Michelle Rocha - International Producer, Manchester International Festival

Inclusion in Practice – UK-China Collaborations

Michelle is the Head of Touring at the Manchester International Festival (UK).

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Zhu Junxiang - Mime performer, the founder of Zhuye Mime Studio, core member of XuFan Drama Art studio.

Inclusion in Practice – Collaborations, Challenges and Ambitions

Junxiang zhu graduated from the National University of Tianjin with a computer science major.

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Selena Lv - Theatre director, deviser and teacher

Emerging Talents – Stories from the Stage

Theatre director, deviser and teacher.

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LIN Cuixi - Contemporary theatre maker and performer

Emerging Talents – Stories from the Stage

Shanghai-based contemporary theatre maker and performer

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Cao Dan - President of Modern Art, Modern Media Group

Cultural Infrastructure: How it Supports the Development of Cities in China

Senior art journalist, curator, documentary film director.

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Chen Si’an - playwright, theatre director, poet, short story writer, and literary translator

Inclusion in Practice – Collaborations, Challenges and Ambitions

CHEN Si'an is a playwright, theatre director, poet, short story writer, and literary translator.

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Wang Haoran - Independent playwright and director

Emerging Talents – Stories from the Stage

Independent playwright and director who is most known for his breakthrough plays "BLAST" and "RED CHAMBER IN CONCRETE FOREST" which were featured in the 41st & 42nd Hong Kong Arts Festival.

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Paul Clay - International Director,Manchester International Festival​

Inclusion in Practice – Collaborations, Challenges and Ambitions

Paul joined Manchester International Festival in 2012 as Executive Producer where in addition to the companies own productions he looked after the company’s International work, including managing other major works not seen at the Festival (including the world tours of ‘Bjork Digital’ for the artist Bjork and River of Fundament for Matthew Barney).

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Troi Lee - London based Deaf DJ, performer, festival curator and events organiser

Inclusion in Practice – Collaborations, Challenges and Ambitions

Troi Lee is a London based Deaf DJ, performer, festival curator and events organiser, putting on raves and producing online streamed showcases in sign songs, dance, comedy, VV (Visual Vernacular) and other visual performances made by and for Deaf communities worldwide.

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Julie Chun - Art Historian, Convenor of Art Focus, Royal Asiatic Society China

Cultural Infrastructure - How it Supports the Development of Cities in China

Julie Chun is an Art Historian and Critic based in Shanghai since 2011, where she has been carefully observing and documenting the growth of the art world in Shanghai.

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Dong Mei - Architect, Founder of BCKJ Architects, Winners of 2020 RA Dorfman Awards for Architecture

Cultural Infrastructure: How it Supports the Development of Cities in China

Dong Mei graduated from the Department of architecture of Southeast University in 1989. She founded BCKJ Architects in 2004 and served as the presiding architect, the architectural ideology of "symbiosis with the environment” was brought by her.

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Rehana Mughal - Director Arts, British Council

Cultural Infrastructure - How it Supports the Development of Cities in China

Rehana is the Director Arts, British Council in China. In this role, she oversees a diverse and impactful portfolio of activity designed to connect individuals and organisations from the UK and China to opportunities that build connections, capability and appreciation through and for the arts.

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Ophelia Huang - International Programme Director, Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre

From Access to Inclusion: Paving the Way for Greater Diversity in China

Ophelia Huang is the director of International Projects in Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre and Programme Director of ACT Shanghai International Theatre Festival.

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