Monthly Archives: September 2008

The Edinburgh Review China Edition

2008 has been a year when the world focused on China. Recognising the importance of China to Scotland, the 124th edition of the Edinburgh Review focuses on China.

As ever this well established Scottish journal features essays, short fiction, poetry and reviews all on China. In addition, there are a selection of photographs from the recent Chinese photography exhibition brought to Edinburgh`s City Art Centre by the Confucius Institute.

You can order this edition on line via the Edinburgh Review website

22-27 Sept: Hi-flying Confucius Classrooms

Event Date: 22/09/2008

As part of China Now In Scotland, and supported by One Scotland, Many Cultures, an educational and cultural delegation from Weifang City in Shandong Province, China will visit Scotland in late September.

The visit will help to build on existing links between Scottish and Chinese schools but in addition to academic discussions, schools will also take part in a kite-making competition.

Weifang is famous for its kite festival and during the visit, workshops on kite-making will take place in a number of schools. At the end of the week there will be a competition to judge the various kites.

12 Sept: Readings in Chinese Literature – September 2008

Event Date: 12/09/2008

This the tenth and final lunchtime event organised by the Confucius Institute for Scotland to complement the exhibition the Institute has brought to the City Art Centre China: A Photographic Portrait.

This is a performance event which will present glimpses into modern Chinese literature resonating in the major themes of the exhibition: existence, relationship, desire, and time.

Recitation by a professional actor and comments by experts in Chinese literature from the University of Edinburgh will reveal the intriguing diversity of literary voices in contemporary China.

The perforamnce starts at 1.30 on Friday 12 September and last for around one hour. Admission is included in the price of an exhibition ticket. To book please call 0131 529 3963/2.

The Processes and Problems of Urbanisation in China – September 2008

Event Date: 08/09/2008

The Processes and Problems of Urbanisation in China

Dr Ya Ping Wang is Reader in Urban Studies and Director for the Scottish Centre for Chinese Urban and Environmental Studies, School of the Built Environment of Heriot-Watt University. He has published widely on issues related to housing, migration, poverty and urban changes in China. Dr Wang is currently examining the problems of urban sprawl and landless farmers around large Chinese cities.

This is the ninth in this series of lunchtime talks being run in conjuntion with China: A Photographic Portrait, brought by the Confucius Institute for Scotland to Edinburgh`s City Art Centre.

This talk starts at 1.30 on Monday 8 September and last for around one hour. Admission to the talk is included in the price of an exhibition ticket. To book a seat in advance please call 0131 529 3963/2

My China Now – September 2008

Event Date: 07/09/2008

To coincide with the exhibition ‘China: A Photographic Portrait’ at the City Art Centre, the Filmhouse, working with the Confucius Institute for Scotland, presents three programmes of short and experimental films from the moving image project My China Now, which aims to redefine modern-day China in moving images through the prism of a dynamic group of filmmakers and artists.

A collection of fascinating tales of China today, covering every facet of life in shades of humour, pathos, fun, frivolity, frustration and fears, using diverse subjects of change, advance, development, poverty, displacement, fashion, nightlife, food, health, music, business, love, and money: burning topics, issues, and emotions that underpin their experience of the times. Filmmakers from all over China and of all ages and backgrounds. This is their China, now.

Part of the China Now In Scotland festival, this work was commissioned by China Now in collaboration with Intelligent Alternative, Beijing. Distribution in Scotland is handled by the Confucius Institute for Scotland.

Ticket Info: £4.80 (£3.20)
For More Info: www.filmhouse.com
Call 0131 228 2688.

The Whole Country is Red – September 2008

Event Date: 05/09/2008

The Whole Country is Red: China’s Cultural Revolution as told through the Stamp Issues of the Period. 

China’s Cultural Revolution convulsed the world’s most populous country in the late 1960’s and early 70’s. While stamp collecting was denounced as ‘bourgeois’, the Cultural Revolution produced some of the most interesting, and rarest, People’s Republic stamps.

This is the eighth in this series of lunchtime talks being run in conjuntion with China: A Photographic Portrait brought to the Edinburgh`s City Art Centre by the Confucius Institute for Scotland.

The speaker today is Dr Robert McLean, City of Edinburgh Council.

This talk starts at 1.30 on Friday 5 September and last for around one hour. Admission to the talk is included in the price of an exhibition ticket. To book a seat in advance please call 0131 529 3963/2