Monthly Archives: May 2019

From Shanghai with Love:
23 and 24 August 2019

After the sold-out success of 2017 and 2018, Donghua Edinburgh Centre for Creative Industries is set to return to the Edinburgh Fringe for the third time. Join us in the stunning Playfair Library on either Friday 23rd or Saturday 24th 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 fashion from the Republican period and beyond. Our runway will feature contemporary and futuristic Qipao designs using the latest high tech materials and techniques, combining tradition with modernity.

Date and Time:

Friday 23 August 15.00, 18.00
Doors opened 30 minutes before the show to allow ticket holders to view the exhibition, enjoy a glass of fizz, and to choose seats. The exhibition remained open for 30 minutes after the show concluded.

Saturday 24 August 15.00, 18.00
Doors opened 30 minutes before the show to allow ticket holders to view the exhibition, enjoy a glass of fizz, and to choose seats. The exhibition remained open for 30 minutes after the show concluded.

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

Visit our microsite HERE for more details and Video Gallery for the previous show videos.

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

Chinese Brush Painting – one day workshop on Saturday 27 July

Discover the fascinating art of Chinese Brush Painting and try your hand at this expressive art form. This workshop is suitable for beginners or people with painting experience who have never tried Chinese brush painting techniques before. No prior knowledge is necessary, you should simply be keen to learn and willing to hold a brush. All tools and materials used during the workshop will be supplied.

Using Chinese soft brushes, ink and colors, you will be shown how to achieve wonderful paintings in the style of old Chinese masters. Participants will have the option to select from a range of subjects demonstrated by the tutor, such as fish and lotus etc. We will complete at least three paintings during the workshop making this a productive and enjoyable day.
The cost is £50 or £40 for university students’ concessions.

Combine this 1 day course with our – Chinese calligraphy workshop on Saturday 6 July for a discounted price of £80. Please visit here for information on one day calligraphy workshop.

To secure your place on this enjoyable course please use the University’s ePay system or you can download this PDF Form which you will then need to complete and return to our office with a cheque made out to the University of Edinburgh for the appropriate amount. Cash payment can be made at the Institute in person.

The workshop will be led by our institute’s artist Chi Zhang. For more information and to see Chi’s work please visit HERE.

One-to-one tutorials and small group workshops can also be arranged.
Please email info@confuciusinstitute.ac.uk or call us on 0131 662 2180 to discuss.

KEY INFORMAITON

DATE: SATURDAY 27 JULY

TIME: 10AM-4PM

 

Chinese Calligraphy – one day workshop on Saturday 6 July

Chinese calligraphy is one of the earliest and most important visual art forms in China. As a practice, Chinese calligraphy is a calm, relaxing and meditative process, which benefits our well-being and leads to longevity. By controlling the special soft brush with a sharp point, Chinese brush painting is not only a mental exercise, but also a physical exercise that coordinates both mind and body.

No prior knowledge is necessary, you should simply be keen to learn and willing to hold a brush. All materials used during this workshop will be provided.
Join this session to try hands on and discover more.

The cost is £50 or £40 for university students’ concessions.

Combine this 1 day course with our Chinese brush painting workshop on Saturday 27 July for a discounted price of £80. Please visit here for details of brush painting workshop.

To secure your place on this enjoyable course please use the University’s ePay system or you can download this PDF Form which you will then need to complete and return to our office with a cheque made out to the University of Edinburgh for the appropriate amount. Cash payment can be made at the Institute in person.

This workshop will be led by our institute’s artist Chi Zhang. His Chinese calligraphy has been projected on Edinburgh Castle during the Edinburgh Military Tattoo in 2015. He also created calligraphy frontispiece for ‘Selected Poems by Robert Burns in Chinese Translation’, which was published by the Edinburgh University Press in 2010.
For more information and to see Chi’s work, please visit http://www.chizhangartist.com

One to one tutorials and small group workshops can also be arranged.
Please email info@confuciusinstitute.ac.uk or call us on 0131 662 2180 to discuss.

KEY INFORMATION

DATE: SATURDAY 6 JULY

TIME: 10AM-4PM

Chinese Independent Documentary III

Wu Wenguang and the Folk Memory Project

Friday 31 May 2019, 2pm-7pm

Venue: 50 George Square, G.04 Screening Room

This event is free, but booking is essential. To book, please click HERE.

Knocking on Memory’s Door with the Video Camera. A handful of people took video cameras and went back to their respective villages. They went in search of the old generation that was still living there in dim, stark houses. They went to uncover the memories hidden deep inside them. Each filmmaker had some prior relationship to the village. Some of them were born or grew up there, some still live there, some had never lived in the village but had parents or grandparents who had. For the old people in the village, this was the first time anyone had come with a camera to ask them to open their memory chests. Here was the younger generation, leaping over their parents’ generation– that generation wiped clean of memory- to ask the elders about the past. This meeting may be awkward and uncomfortable but it is also an exciting adventure. Their stories are now documentary films presented in this program. [Wu Wenguang: The Art of Unforgetting: Folk Memory Project]

We are delighted to welcome China’s foremost independent documentary filmmaker back to the University of Edinburgh to present his most recent projects. Join us for an inspiring Friday afternoon of cutting edge documentary in China, insightful lectures, discussions and “meet the artist” conversations over drinks and nibbles. [Natascha Gentz, Director, Confucius Institute for Scotland]

Programme:

14.00 – 15.30 Film: Investigating my Father (Wu Wenguang)

 15.30 Tea & Coffee

16.00 – 17.00 Presentation: The  Art of Unforgetting: Folk Memory Project

(Wu Wenguang & Zhang Mengqi)

 17.00 Drinks & Canapés

17.30 – 19.00  Film: Self-portrait: Sphex in 47 KM (Zhang Mengqi)

19:00 Drinks reception

About the Presenters

Wu Wenguang is the internationally acknowledged doyen of Chinese independent documentary, producing acclaimed “unofficial” films in China since the late 1980s. In 2005 he created the Caochangdi Workstation as an independent space to focus on oral history and to document individual stories during particular difficult historical periods including the “Three year famine”, the “Great Leap Forward,” the “Land Reform” and the “Cultural Revolution”. This massive project is intended to create an independent folk memory archive, now involving 20 filmmakers, and more than 200 participants going back to their villages for interviews, with over 1500 interviewees from more than 300 villages.

Zhang Mengqi was trained as a dancer and joined Caochangdi as a filmmaker and choreographer in 2009. Her films have been presented at international film festivals in China, Japan and Europe. The film presented in Edinburgh will complete her 8 “self-portrait series”.

About the Films

Investigating My Father

Directed, edited by Wu Wenguang

80 min. /2016

Filmmaker’s words:

My father was a landowner’s son and an ex-Kuomintang Air Force pilot, who remained in mainland China after 1949. For survival, he tried to transform himself from a man of the ‘old society’ to a man of the ‘new society’. As his son, I started investigating his ‘history before 1949’, which he had kept away from me. This film documents the process of my investigation over twenty years.

Self-Portrait: Window in 47 KM

Directed, photographed, edited by: Zhang Mengqi

Length:110mins

2019.3

Filmmaker’s words:

This is the 8th film in my documentary series “47 km.”

An 85-year-old man sits under Mao Zedong’s portrait and, as the sun sets, recalls his revolutionary history in pursuit of “New China.”

Meanwhile, a 15-year-old girl named Fanghong walks through the village with her paintbrush, knocking on the doors of elders’ dark rooms, sitting before them to draw their portraits. She’s like a ray of light illuminating their memories and ruins.

I followed Fanghong, and together we built a window for 47 km village.