Monthly Archives: May 2008

Charity Concert Sichuan Earthquake Funds – June 2008

`Wings of Life` a major fundraising event will be hosted by the University of Edinburgh in the McEwan Hall, next Tuesday 3 June.

Featuring a mixture of Chinese and Western dance and music, the idea for the concert came from Chinese students studying in the University. They have, in association with the Chinese Consulate in Edinburgh, The Academy of Chinese National Musical Instruments, and the Chinese Community in Scotland, put together this fund raising concert.

Concert goers will be treated to a mixture of Chinese and western performances. With both professional musicians and students studying at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow a wide range of music is anticipated. There will there will be Zheng and Er-hu pieces while local musicians will present western music.

This ambitious fundraiser has been put together at very short notice and we hope that the audience turnout will see a substantial sum raised for Sichuan earthquake relief funds.

Tickets will be available at the door on the night of the event and a suggested donation of £10 for an adult and £8 for a child would be welcome. Tickets can also be reserved at the Confucius Institute in person or by calling 0131 662 2180. Tickets are also available through Asian Studies office at 8 Buccleuch Place, Edinburgh, EH8 9LW.

The programme will start at 7.30pm and will end at approximately 8.45pm at McEwan Hall, Teviot Place, EH8 9AG on Tuesday 3rd June 2008.

About the earthquake

The 7.9 magnitude tremor, which was focused in China`s Sichuan Province, is estimated to have killed at least 68,000 people – and that toll is expected to rise dramatically as rescue teams reach the most affected areas. In cities near the earthquake`s epicentre, over 26,000 people are buried under the rubble of collapsed buildings.

The Chinese government estimates that as many as 5 million homes may have been destroyed. After-shocks continue.

China: A Photographic Portrait – July – September 2008

Major exhibition at Edinburgh’s City Art Centre.

© Liu Dewang, September 1999  A scratchcard lottery: the lucky winner takes home his prize.

© Liu Dewang, September 1999
A scratchcard lottery: the lucky winner takes home his prize.

The only UK opportunity to catch an unprecedented and unique photographic exhibition, documenting the changing face of China over 50 years, comes to the City Art Centre in Edinburgh this summer.

Comprising almost 600 frank images – selected from more than 100,000 works by over 1,000 Chinese photographers – this exhibition has been loaned by Guangdong Museum of Art, where it was originally shown in 2003. Having toured in Germany for the last two years, the run at Edinburgh’s City Art Centre represents the only opportunity to catch this incredible portrait of China before it returns to Guangdong.

The photographs, many of them in black and white and the majority taken in the last 20 years, record in detail the daily lives, both public and private, of ordinary Chinese individuals, of varying ages and from diverse backgrounds, at work, rest and play, in both major cities and the countryside.

As well as the glossy exterior of the economic boom in China’s cities, the exhibition records the significance of radical cultural change from the vantage point of photographers living in China, capturing images which reflect many previously unseen aspects of life in China.

Complementing the exhibition will be a China Art Now project, featuring a collection of 33 short films providing further tantalising insights into cultural and social life in a country which is home to a fifth of the world’s population. The exhibition will also be accompanied by a varied events programme of lectures, family and arts activities.

Natascha Gentz, director of the Confucius Institute for Scotland, said: “Bringing this outstanding exhibition to Scotland is a remarkable achievement for the Institute. The broad range of authentic images of China – revealed for the first and, possibly, only time in the UK – reflects our Institute’s aim of promoting a greater understanding of the diversity and complexity of this huge, rapidly evolving country.”

The exhibition opens on 5 July and runs through till 14 September. Prices are £5.00/£3.50 concession; £2.50 child 5-15; £10 season ticket; £10 family ticket.

The City Art Centre is open Monday – Saturday 10.00-17.00 and Sunday 12.00-17.00

Fundraising event for Earthquake Victims

This Saturday, 17 May a fundraising event will be held at the Confucius Institute by Mothers Bridge of Love.

The afternoon will start at 1pm and will include activities such as:

Chinese Tea Tasting
Chinese music
Chinese Dim Sum and drinks
Speeches by guests from Chinese consulate and from Confucius Institute
An Auction

The event was originally planned to raise funds for MBL`s participation in Edinburgh Marathon. In the event of the disastrous earthquake in Sichuan province on the 12th May, the charity has decided to give all the donations to the affected school children in that area. Funds for the charity will be raised through the form of an admission fee from every guest. The procedure is as follows:

1. Any child under 15 can come to the event for free.

2. Adult guests are welcome to make a donation of £15/person (you are of course very welcome to donate more!) on the website.

For more information on Mothers Bridge of Love please visit.

Thank you for any support you can give.

SQA Launches Mandarin Qualifications for Schools

The launch by SQA of Intermediate 1 and 2 qualifications in Mandarin and Cantonese for Scottish secondary school pupils is a significant development.

In working towards a stronger engagement with China, appreciation and knowledge of language is vital. Following an intense period of preparation Scottish students will now have the opportunity to opt to study Mandarin or Cantonese alongside the more widely available French, German, Spanish or Italian.The Chinese courses follow the same structure as other languages offered in the modern languages framework.

With the continuing growth of interest in China and Chinese it is certain that the first first PDGE teachers in Mandarin graduating from Moray House next month will be in high demand.

For more information on the course please visit or contact