2015 Sino-UK Performing Arts Forum For Industry and Education

The 2015 Sino-UK Performing Arts Forum took place on the 19 October 2015 under the auspices of the 17th China Shanghai International Arts Festival (CSIAF). The Forum was co-organised by CSIAF (supported by the Cultural Counselor at the Chinese Embassy in London, and the Ministry for Culture in Beijing), and the British Council in China (supported by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport in London).

The 2015 Forum programme theme was “Creating Stronger Synergies” with a particular focus on exploring ways to strengthen Sino-UK Performing Arts Collaboration undertaken between arts organisations in both countries and in line with its four broad objectives:

  1. To build on existing strong performing arts links between the UK and China
  2. To further improve industry and education collaboration
  3. To explore ways of ‘growing’ new audiences
  4. To consider the influence of performing arts on national and international cultural development

Fourteen Chinese and UK arts organisations shared key features and their experience of eight specific Sino-UK Performing Arts Collaborations. Seven case studies undertook the priority SWOT analyses. These covered a wide range and variety of Sino-UK related collaborations in the performing arts. The Case Studies were a demonstration and celebration of Sino-UK Performing Arts collaboration – ie working together, creating high quality art, having a strong artistic vision of what is possible, and most importantly for the Forum – learning from this.