The Confucius Institute for Scotland acts as a conduit for information on events and activities relating to China. The pages in this section highlight various occasions and performances organised by or promoted by the Institute.
`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
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.
VENUE NO 36
DATES & TIME
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 viathe Fringe Box Office or by phone to
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 visitthe Usher Hall website .
VENUE: Usher Hall, Lothian Road, Edinburgh. Tel 0131 228 1155
TIME : 7.30pm
TICKETS: £35, £30, £25, £20, £15 - concessiona available
Join us for the fourth lecture in the Spring 2012 Business Lecture Series on China.
The lecture series aims to deliver awareness and stimulate debate on Scotland and Scottish business engagement with China.Over a series of lectures in spring and autumn 2012 the global context in which the Scotland-China business relationship needs to be understood will be examined.
Dr. JI Bin is vice president of the All China Federation of Taiwan Compatriots, vice chairperson of the China Youth Federation and member of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (China’s Upper House).
He will consider what lies behind China`s economic development and economic relations with Taiwan.
For full details and to book a space at this event please visit our microsite.
Jointly organised by the Confucius Institute at the University of Glasgow and the Scottish Centre for China Research the 2012 Glasgow China Lecture is entitled `Riding the Tiger: Challenges of China`s Municipal Finance in the 21st Century`
The talk will be given by Christine Wong, Professor of Chinese Public Finance in the University of Oxford China Centre
From 1980 to 2011, the number of people living in Chinese cities
increased by 500 million. This is urbanization on a scale and
pace unprecedented in human history. Financing infrastructure and
public services to accommodate the growing population and economic base
presented a gargantuan challenge that, in China`s decentralized fiscal
system, was left to municipal governments, with little assistance from
The cities responded with great energy and ingenuity. Under a policy
regime of benign neglect from the central government, they expanded their resources by tapping a variety of extra-budgetary revenues including land, they limited eligibility to urban services by
excluding migrants, and they created corporate entities to borrow.
The strategy helped China achieve spectacular growth over the past 3
decades, but left in its wake a patchwork of risky and unsustainable
financing mechanisms, a mountain of debt and a two-tiered urban populace.
Fixing the system of municipal finance is critical to China`s transition
from middle-income to high-income status, and to her long term prospects
for creating humane and livable cities.
For further information and registration please visit the event website.