Yearly Archives: 2008

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

Beyond Banning: How the West sees contemporary Chinese film – August 2008

Event Date: 29/08/2008

In the seventh of the series of talks being run in conjunction with China: A Photographic Portrait, brought by the Confucius Institute to Edinburgh`s City Art Centre, Marc Cousins will present a vivid picture of perceptions of Chinese films in the West.

Mark Cousins is a film writer, producer and director. He has received awards for his own independent films while at the same time he is known as former director of the Edinburgh Film Festival and as an acclaimed film critic and researcher. His recent interest in China was reflected in the extraordinary nationwide festival Cinema China.

This talk starts at 1.30 on Friday 29 August 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

Culture/Subculture: China Music Now – August 2008

Kimho Ip is a renowned composer, performer and intercultural artist from Hong Kong, who has received numerous awards and whose compositions have been performed in the UK and China. Drawing on his practical and theoretical expertise Kimho will present a vivid picture of the changing nature of the contemporary Chinese music scene with many audio-visual examples.

This is the fifth talk in the lunchtime lecture series at Edinburgh`s City Art Centre where China: A Photographic Portrait is running until 14 September.

This talk starts at 1.30 on Thursday 28 August 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

China Revealed: The Travels of Isabella Bird – August 2008

Event Date: 22/08/2008

In the fifth of this series of lunchtime talks being run in conjuntion with China: A Photographic Portrait, at Edinburgh`s City Art Centre, David McClay presents an illustrated talk on the remarkable Victorian travel writer Isabella Bird.

The intrepid and insightful Chinese journeys of the nineteenth century’s most famous lady traveller will be revealed through her letters, photographs and best selling books.

This talk starts at 1.30 on Friday 22 August 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

Free Guided Tours on offer

Free guided tours are on offer to those attending this summer’s must see exhibition at Edinburgh’s City Art Centre.

For Sunday visitors, or for small groups of visitors on a pre-arranged basis, special guided tours are on offer which will reveal the story behind just a few of the 590 photographs on display in ‘China: A Photographic Portrait’. Tours will be led by Confucius Institute staff and Chinese Studies students who will also comment on historical and social aspects of China.

The Sunday drop in tour starts at 1.30pm and is offered on a first come first served basis to valid ticket holders. Please book in on arrival or listen for the tannoy announcement.

Special tours can be scheduled to suit a group’s timetable, subject to space and availability. A tour group is usually between 5 and ten people each holding valid tickets. To arrange a group tour please email the info@confuciusinstitute.ac.uk or call us on 0131 662 2180.

Each tour will last around one hour.

Five Star Exhibition on China – September 2008

This summer visit Edinburgh’s City Art Centre to see the enthralling ‘China: A Photographic Portrait’

This exhibition from the Guangdong Museum of Art is a remarkable photographic exhibition, both in its scale and the insight it provides into the changing lives of the people of China. Over 250 Chinese photographers provide an incredible picture of the country’s people in all walks of life in almost 600 photographs.

Five Star Exhibition on China

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.

“.. modern China is a place of immense wealth and absolute poverty, a fact which has been captured beautifully by this massive, enthralling exhibition of hundreds of photographs”
Duncan Macmillan, Scotsman, 04 July 08

An extensive side programme of lunchtime talks, an adult and family craft programme and an already sold out schools programme will run in conjunction with the exhibition. Admission to complementary activities is included in the ticket price. Booking is recommended

Special one hour tours telling the story behind just a few of the photographs in the exhibition are also on offer. A drop in tour will take place every Sunday at 1.30pm on a first come first served basis.

These tours can also be offered at pre-arranged times for groups. To arrange a group tour email info@confuciusinstitute.ac.uk or call 0131 662 2180.

A further complement to the exhibition is a contemporary moving image project from My China Now, featuring eleven 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 comprises almost 600 frank images – selected from more than 100,000 works by over 1,000 Chinese photographers – and 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.

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 runs till 14 September and is open seven days 10.00-17.00 with Sunday opening at noon.

Prices are £5.00/£3.50 concession; £2.50 child 5-15; £10 season ticket; £10 family ticket. Admission to complementary activities is included in the admission price.