Monthly Archives: June 2017

From Shanghai with Love:
Fashion Show/Exhibition 24-25.08

After the sold-out success of 2017, Donghua Edinburgh Centre for Creative Industries is set to return Edinburgh Fringe this year. Join us in the stunning Playfair Library on either Friday 24th or Saturday 25th August for this combined exhibition and fashion show.  Discover elegant, enduring and electrifying Qipao fashion, Shanghai Style, through the ages and into the future.

Our exhibition features Shanghai style Qipao from 1910s-1930s – when Shanghai was known as the Paris of the east. Our runway will feature contemporary and futuristic Qipao designs using the latest high tech materials and techniques, combining tradition with modernity.

There are only two opportunities to attend this event and exhibition  Friday 24 August: 18.00 doors open 17.30 and Saturday 25 August 16.00 doors open 15.30. Tickets for Friday are almost gone! There are still tickets left for Saturday. Book yours now to avoid disappointment!

Visit our microsite here for more details here.

If you missed the show last year, here is a short video that was taken on the opening day, enjoy!


The venue for this unique event is the stunning Playfair Library. Doors will open 30 minutes before each show’s start time to allow viewing of the exhibition – or to try to secure front row seats!

A glass of fizz or a soft drink is included in the ticket price of only £8/£6.  Audience members can view the exhibition both before and after the fashion show.

Bookings via the Fringe Box Office
Fringe Venue No 311:
Playfair Library, Old College Quad, South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH8 9YL

Qipao: a widely worn one piece Chinese item of clothing featuring a mandarin collar. Origins of this  item are widely disputed by academics but today most people recognise Qipao as based on the stylish and often tight fitting dress created in the 1920’s in Shanghai.

Liu Zhenyun: Book Festival and Filmhouse 12 & 13 Aug 2017

One of China’s foremost novelists, Liu Zhenyun, winner of the Mao Dun prize for Chinese fiction, will make two appearances in Edinburgh this August.

The first opportunity to hear from him is on the opening day of the Edinburgh International Book Festival 12th August at 12.15. Liu Zhenyun’s work reflects on aspects of China’s newly urbanised culture and his politically aware, satirical and darkly humourous writings have ensured his novels are widely translated. In an hour long conversation with Jenny Niven, Head of Literature, Creative Scotland, his latest novel ‘I Did Not Kill My Husband’  will be considered along with the tumultuous times in which we live.

For a different slant on this comic critique of the country’s one child policy, head to the Filmhouse  to see a screening of the film of the book .On Sunday 13th August the early evening showing of the film, entitled ‘I Am Not Madame Bovary’  will be followed by a Q&A with Liu Zhenyun. To watch a short film clip here:

我不是潘金莲预告片 from CAHSS Webteam on Vimeo.


The Book Festival programme is now available to book. For tickets for Liu Zhenyun at Sat 12th Aug at 12.15 please click here.

To book tickets for the special screening and Q&A session at the Filmhouse please book via the Filmhouse Box Office.


Liu Zhenyun was born in 1958 in Henan province. In 1973 he joined the People’s Liberation Army and spent five years in the Gobi desert. After graduating from Peking University where he first published work in campus journals, he himself suggests that his writing career really only started after he became a journalist. Novels and short stories which have been translated into English (and numerous other languages) include Tapu Township; Chicken Feathers Everywhere; Working Unit; Cell Phone; The Cook, the Crook and the Tycoon and most recently I Did Not Kill My Husband

Contemporary Chinese Fashion: 14 June 6pm

Dr Vera Bai is a graduate from Hong Kong Polytechnic University where she achieved her MA and PhD in the Institute of Textiles and Clothing.  She is a lecturer in fashion design in Shanghai International College of Fashion, Donghua University.  Prior to joining one of China’s leading Fashion Colleges, she worked in the Hong Kong fashion industry for two years before researching this topic.   She is a member of the the Textile Institute (UK).

Dr Bai enjoys working in cross-disciplinary way combining fashion design, textile design, wearable electronics and interactive design.  Her work is part of the permanent collection in the China Silk Museum

Her talk which is entitled ‘Contemporary Chinese Fashion Designers & Their Design Philosophy’ will take place in the Project Room, 50 George Square, EH8 9LH on Wednesday 14 June from 6pm.  The talk will be followed by a Q&A and a networking drinks reception.

Please follow this link to reserve your seat.

Kunqu Opera performance
10 June 2pm

The Scotland China Association which is now entering its 51st year is holding its AGM at Abden House on the morning of Saturday 10th June.

After the member’s lunch there will be a short performance of Kunqu Opera by Yanmei Wu, who is the co-founder of the Chinese Opera Association Scotland, will perform a short excerpt from the Peony Pavilion.

Kunqu – a Chinese musical theatre form that has been performed for over 600 years. Mu dan ting – The Peony Pavilion – was written in 1598 by the most renowned kunqu playwright Tang Xianzu.