Nanjing Week in London – Potters Field Park at London Bridge

Nanjing Week in London is a cultural exchange programme between London and Nanjing, it is part of the London Design Festival and showcases a range of products and activities from Nanjing’s creative and cultural economy.

Nanjing Week in London will culminate in a cultural festival on Potters Field Park at London Bridge 23rd and 25th September. As a centre piece the festival will showcase the architectural and urban design of Movilla.

Movilla is a unique mobile, multi-purpose space solution created by one of Nanjing’s premier designers. Easily transportable, it expands on-site. This will be the first opportunity to see Movilla in the UK.

Created by one of Nanjing’s leading young designers, Movilla is a unique mobile, multi-purpose space solution. Easily transportable, with energy generating solar panels and energy and water saving features, it is innovative, eco-friendly and endlessly adaptable for various uses. It expands on-site within 5 minutes from its minimum size of 8m x 2.4m x 3m to its maximum of 11m x 6.5m x 3.2m. Adhering to the highest sustainability standards; Movilla is a zero-emission design. A number of the latest generation energy-saving technologies, including solar panel and temperature and humidity control technologies are integral to the design.

This will be the first opportunity to see Movilla in the UK against the striking backdrop of Tower Bridge.

Movilla will be open to the public over the weekend, who will be invited to come and learn more about its sustainable design and its potential application. The weekend will also feature musical, cultural and creative events from Nanjing.

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Programme

  • SLOW : Exhibition at China Exchange featuring new ink drawings, prints, and two woodblock prints used to make traditional Chinese thread-bound books. Creative Designer Zhu Ying Chun will also donate a book to the British Library. 21st-24th Sept
  • Eastern Aesthetic Living: 100% DESIGN, Nanjing Pavilion, Olympia. Opening AM 21st Sept. Curated by Zhang Ming, Designer from Nanjing University of the Arts. Showcasing traditional and modern Nanjing design.
  • Creative Industry Forum – Business Exchange and Launch of Nanjing Creative Design Centre, 21st Sept, Olympia.
  • “A Shakespearean Handan Dream”- Performance of Kunqu Opera combining Shakespearean Works, St Paul’s ‘Actors Church’, Covent Garden, 22-23rd Sept.
  • Nanjing Cultural Weekend, Chinese Cultural Showcase, including – Movilla Exhibition, a unique portable expanding exhibition space. Potters Field, London Bridge, 23-25 Sept.

About Nanjing

Nanjing is one of China’s largest and fastest growing cities with a population in excess of 8 million. Nanjing means “southern capital” and was China’s capital city for 300 years during the Ming Dynasty. It is an important educational and cultural centre, and with over 50% of its economy in the service sector, Nanjing is a vibrant engine of new business growth and innovation for China. It is an important catalyst in the internationalisation of the Chinese economy; pushing forward into global markets and the higher value- added sectors of design and the creative economy.

Key Facts Economy

  • Nanjing ranked 11th largest GDP amongst other Chinese cities in 2015 and is forecast to reach 1 trillion yuan ($1.5bn) by the end of 2016.
  • It has a population of 8.21 million and an annual GDP growth rate of 9.2%
  • Over the past 30 years, CJI – Nanjing’s international business consortium – has delivered over 2000 projects internationally, with a value of over $6bn.

Culture

  • Nanjing Week is an initiative which will visit more than 10 cities internationally to promote business and cultural exchange. Established at the Milan Expo in 2015, the London Design Festival is the second stage in the tour. The third city will be New York.
  • Nanjing is home of a number of important Chinese cultural heritage sites including:
  • Shipyard of Zheng He – China’s greatest navigator. Recently discovered from 15th Century. (From 1405 to 1433, Zheng made seven expeditions around the Indian Ocean, with some of these reaching South Asia, the Middle East and the Horn of Africa)
  • Home of Librairie Avante-Garde – Voted Top 10 most beautiful bookshops in the world by the BBC.
  • Nanjing was host of the Youth Olympic Games in 2014
  • Home of Kunqu Opera is one of the oldest extant forms of opera. Its rhythmic patterns have a dominant influence on other forms of opera in the country

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