Monthly Archives: March 2017

From Shore to Shore, Saigon Saigon, 8 June 7pm

Three stories, three lives, three journeys to find a place to call home.  Join us for the Edinburgh leg of this nationwide site specific touring programme.

Cheung Wing is escaping from war, Mei Lan’s had enough of the potato peeler and Yi Di wants the impossible; her parents’ approval.

Award-winning writer, Mary Cooper, with multilingual collaborator, M.W. Sun, draws on real life stories from Chinese interviewees living in the UK to create a powerful new drama of love and loss, struggle and survival, performed alongside live music and great food.

Staged in Saigon Saigon restaurant, and accompanied a Chinese meal, From Shore to Shore features a cast of seven actor-musicians, and blends English, Mandarin and Cantonese to tell the stories of Chinese communities in the UK today.

The ticket price includes a selection of Chinese foods, rice and tea.

From Shore to Shore is presented by On The Wire in partnership with the Business Confucius Institute at the University of Leeds, The Confucius Institute for Scotland in the University of Edinburgh, and Saigon, Saigon restaurant.

The ticket price includes soup, an array of Chinese food, rice and tea.  Please specify meat or vegetarian when booking.

Tickets are priced at £22.50/£17.50 and can be booked via the Traverse Theatre box office – or call 0131 228 1404.

Please speak to box office staff prior to booking if you have accessibility needs.


Shanghai Story: Traditions and Modernity: 26 April 2pm

Join us on Wed 26th April at 2pm when we host a high profile cultural delegation from Shanghai who will present two very different aspects of Chinese culture.

Our first speaker, Shi Dawai will consider the tradition and evolution of Chinese painting arts over the centuries and the vision for its future development.

Our second speaker Wang Liping will reflect on societal norms exemplified today by young Chinese people to modern life, conflicts of ideas and concepts, passion and love – topics which form the basis of a prize-winning TV series she has written.


Current President of Shanghai Chinese Painting Academy and former president of the China Arts Museum, Mr Shi Dawai is one of the most important masters of Chinese painting in Shanghai. In addition to his many cultural posts such as vice Chair of the China Artist Association and chairmanship of Shanghai Federation of Literary and Art Circles, he is also a member of the CPPCC (the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference) National Committee.

Mme. Wang Liping is a member of the CPPCC Shanghai Committee and a playwright of the Shanghai Film Group. She is also a hugely successful and prolific screenwriter who over the last two decades has developed some of the most popular series on Chinese TV, winning awards both at home and abroad.  She also holds a number of high level posts in the industry including VIce President of the Shanghai Television Art Association.

Programme for the Afternoon- please note this event will be in Chinese with translation

13.30: Registration over tea & coffee
14.00: Welcome and opening remarks
14.15: The Traditions and Innovations of the Chinese Painting Art from Mr Shi Dawei
14.35: The Love of the Young Chinese in TV Series from Mme Wang Liping
15.00: Q & A session
15.30: Programme Ends
This visit has been organised by the Foreign Affairs Division of the General Office of the CPPCC Shanghai Committee.

Venue:  St Leonard’s Hall, Pollock Halls, 18 Holyrood Park Road, EH16 5AY

If you would like to attend please book via this link.

Asia Unbound-Lord Powell
9 May 6pm-New Club

We are delighted to welcome back Lord Powell of Bayswater as a speaker in our 2017 business lecture series. Lord Powell first spoke at our Institute in 2013 and we know him to be a most  interesting and insightful speaker.

Lord Powell will speak on the subject of Asia Unbound:Britain and China in a dramatically changing global landscape’ discussing the broader implications for both countries of Brexit, the Trump presidency, rising populism and growing threats to peace and security in Asia.


Lord Powell was the No 10 Downing Street adviser on foreign affairs and defence to Margaret Thatcher when she was Prime Minister and continued in the same role for John Major in the early part of his time as Prime Minister . Since then he has pursued a career in international business serving on the boards of several major companies , has played a leading part in many public institutions and sits as a non-party member of the House of Lords . He has had a close association with China since visiting the country with Margaret Thatcher in the 1980s and subsequently with other British Prime Ministers and serving for many years as President of the China- Britain Business Council.

DATE: Tuesday 9 May 2017
TIME:  6pm with registration from 5.30pm
VENUE: The Long Room, Third Floor, New Club, 86 Princes Street, EH2 2BB
RECEPTION: A short networking drinks reception will take place after the talk.

DRESS CODE: Please note there is a strict dress code- Jacket and tie for men, and no Jeans or Trainers for anyone.

Booking is essential. Please register here.