Yearly Archives: 2012

CI Director Chairs Book Festival event

Head to the Book Festival on Friday afternoon 24 August for a compelling double bill when Confucius Institute Director, Professor Natascha Gentz chairs `What future for China and Central Asia?`.

This double-bill book festival session features renowned political writer and historian Dilip Hiro`s whose latest book Inside Central Asia offers a lucid narrative that places the present-day politics and peoples of Central Asia and its neighbours into an international context. Meanwhile, Jonathan Fenby’s Tiger Head, Snake Tails looks at the future of China without resorting to the standard black and white story which insists that the country will either collapse or eventually rule the world.

Running on Friday 24 August from 14.00-15.00 tickets for this session are priced at £10 (£8). For more information and to book please visit the Book Festival Website.

Zheng Concert 23 Aug

Classical zheng performer, Yi Dong, is the most celebrated international soloist, of any Chinese national musical instrument, of her generation. Playing the zheng (zither), she makes her annual return to Edinburgh to give us a concert of the music of the many love stories of China. Part of the Glamour of Jasmine Chinese Arts Festival.

Appearing at St Cuthbert`s Parish Church just off Lothian Road her show runs 12.30-13.30 with tickets priced at £9 (£7).

Please visit the Fringe website for more information and to book.

Win a Trip to Shanghai

Share your thoughts on any aspect of China`s people, language, culture and you could win a trip to Shanghai in the `Window to Shanghai` writing competition.

’Window of Shanghai’ is a book donation program initiated in 2002 by Shanghai Library. The Confucius Institute for Scotland joined this program on opening and received a collection of English and dual language books from Shanghai Library.

“Window of Shanghai” held its first writing contest in 2010. Institute student Geoffrey Scott was one of several CI students to enter that contest and was one of 20 winners around the globe.

This year, the contest is being arranged again as a stage to promote cultural exchange between China and other countries/cities. People are welcome to write about China, its history, culture, language and people, from an outsider’s eyes.

China is a vast and varied country and entrants have the opportunity to write on any aspect of China from its history or culture to personal experiences. Choose to write a book review; a commentary on any aspects of China be it language, people, culture; share your personal experience or stories of studying/ working/ living/travelling in Shanghai or elsewhere in China; share your thoughts on Chinese culture and/or its relationship with other cultures. All works that are related to China and Chinese culture are welcome.

The deadline for entries is 31 October 2012. Official entry form and further information can be found at the Window of Shanghai competition webpage.

Feel free to contact the Institute if you have any questions or would like to select a book for review from our library.

Dance/Drama: Detention 3-26 August

Event Date: 03/08/2012

`Detention` – from the Tang Shu-wing Theatre Studio, Hong Kong, brings this non-verbal comedy combined with powered acrobatics, off-the-wall clowning and throbbing percussion. The show is about three naughty high school boys chasing a beautiful female classmate around in a detention class. However, because their short-tempered teacher frequently checks in on them, they must be very careful while monkeying around. The ensuing chaos is a hilarious uproar of mischief and mayhem.

Director Tang Shu-wing, who has directed Titus Andronicus in London’s Globe to Globe Festival in May 2012, leads a brilliant cast.

DATES 3-26 August
TIME 13.00 (1 hr 5mins duration)
VENUE No 26, Summerhall, 1 Summerhall, Edinburgh,EH9 1QH
BOOK via via Fringe website or tel 0845 874 3001

Free taster calligraphy session 25 Sept

Drop in on the evening of Tuesday 25 Sept for a free taster session to discover the pleasure in calligraphy/Chinese brush painting.

This ancient art form has a unique meditative quality and under the tutorship of Chi Zhang students will develop their own techniques, skills and style. Drop in for a 30-40 minute session sometime between 6.30pm and 8.30pm when our calligraphy teacher will guide those taking up the brush for the first time and answer any questions you may have. Please email to book your place by 20th September 2012.

The full programme of classes will start on 2nd October for ten weeks. For full details of the autumn calligraphy class schedule and to book a place please visit the courses section of our website.

Building China – the architects view point – September 2012

Join us on 27 September to hear from one of China`s leading architectural companies charting the development of his cross-cultural company and the growth of Chinese cities over the last few decades.

In the first business lecture of the autumn series, Dr Liu Li,alumnus of the University of Edinburgh, will tell how he built his architecture design firm, giving insights into the business dealings of government agencies, private clients and state owned enterprises as well as the business strategies and models that real estate developers employed. The physical development of China`s cities, built using state of art technologies, will be shown to illustrate the pace of change of recent years.

This talk takes place on Thursday 27th September from 6pm in the Confucius Institute for Scotland. The evening ends around 8pm after a networking drinks reception.

Booking is essential. For more information and to book your ticket please visit our microsite on the business lecture series.

The Sun is Not For Us 3-11 Aug

Event Date: 03/08/2012

In `The Sun Is Not for Us` Li Ruru explores love, hatred, adultery, incest, hope, frustration and struggle from a Chinese women’s perspective. Denied the sun, enduring a life bereft of hope, imprisoned in an eighteen-year arranged marriage, what happens when a Chinese woman falls in love with her stepson? Why does a girl leave university to become a courtesan? How can you reconcile primitive passions, sexual deprivation and a defiant courage for life? After losing love and dignity, is death the only escape?

Inspired by legendary Chinese playwright Cao Yu, these themes are explored in a dynamic production bringing together the characters and stories of China`s four most famous modern theatre works in one hour.

This work has been devised by the stepdaughter of legendary Chinese dramatist Cao Yu, Li Ruru basing this dramatic piece on her father’s four most famous plays.

Often compared to Shakespeare, Ibsen, Chekhov and O’Neill, Cao Yu is the foremost pioneer of modern Chinese drama ; his skilful fusion of dramatic artistry and socio-political themes has made his work masterpieces.

Carlton Hotel,
North Bridge,


Each show last one hour from 16.10-17.10

3,4 August Preview Shows at £5 per ticket
6,7 August Two for one offer on tickets £7(£5)
10,11 August Tickets at £7 (£5)

Book via the Fringe Box Office or by phone to


China`s Three Tenors – 3 Aug

Event Date: 03/08/2012

Formed in 2011, ten years on from the original Three Tenors concert in Beijing, the trio comprises China`s most celebrated tenors – Dai Yuqiang, Wei Song and Warren Wah-lun Mok. Their world tour began in October, with the premier concert in Beijing, followed by Hong Kong, Macau and New York. After Edinburgh they will be performing in Freiburg and Cologne.

Dai Yuqiang was Luciano Pavarotti`s first and only Chinese student, while Wei Song is known in the People`s Republic as `China`s Pavarotti` and is Vice-President of the Shanghai Opera House. Warren Wah-lun Mok, from Hong Kong, has a distinguished career as one of China`s top opera singers as well as being Artistic Director of the Macau International Music Festival and Founder of Opera Hong Kong. This concert marks 25 years since his European debut.

The concert, A Beijing Night with China`s Three Tenors, is sponsored by the Beijing Municipal Commission of Tourism Development, for which the trio are ambassadors.

The repertoire for the concert, conducted by Martin Yates, includes pieces from classic European operas such as Tosca, Carmen and Rigoletto, the works of contemporary composers from China, and a selection of traditional Chinese folk songs.

Those attending the concert will have the chance to win a holiday in Beijing to see sights such as the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace and the Great Wall of China.

For more information and to book tickets please visit the Usher Hall website.

VENUE: Usher Hall, Lothian Road, Edinburgh. Tel 0131 228 1155
TIME : 7.30pm
TICKETS: £35, £30, £25, £20, £15 – concessiona available

Award winning Troupe from China

The first of this year`s Fringe shows `China Red` is a spectacular dance and physical theatre show presented by Beijing Students Golden Sail Art Troupe this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 3,4,5 August at venue 82, Zoo Southside

With only 5 shows offered over three days don`t miss this Edinburgh debut for an award-winning young Chinese company. A packed and spectacularly varied programme combining the finest traditional Chinese dance with a diverse array of international styles, delivered with passion and exuberance by Beijing`s rising dance and music talents. The show features inspirational and rejuvenating performances encompassing modern and time-honoured Chinese dances and costumes, as well as tap and Irish folk! The Golden Sail Troupe has performed around the world, with audiences including the Pope, members of UNESCO and the WHO, and the Beijing Olympic Games.

Suitable for all the family, choose from the morning show at 11am show or the late night slot which starts at 22.45pm show. Each show lasts 40 minutes.

Tickets are priced at £10(£8) and can be booked via the Fringe Box Office or directly with the venue.

Box office phone
0131 662 6892

117 Nicolson Street

Autumn Business Lecture Programme

Over the period Sept-November the Institute will run a number of lectures from well know UK and Chinese business leaders. Already secured for this autumn Business Lecture Series are Jim McColl, Clyde Blowers, David Nish of Standard Life, Peter Budd of Arup Scotland and Dr Liu Li, Chief Architect of one of Beijing`s leading architectural design companies.

For full details and to book a place please visit please visit the microsite for this series.

This lecture series was inspired by Adam Dupre, Chairman of China Company Research Services and ex-officio President of the 48 Group Club. Adam was our first speaker in the Business Lecture series run in spring 2012. He worked closely with the Institute on the development of this lecture series and we are greatly saddened that Adam lost his battle with cancer shortly after he gave his talk. We shall miss his wisdom and insight as well as his humanity.