Chinese New Year 2017 falls on Saturday 28 January and here’s a low down on China Exchange’s flock of events to complement the two week celebration and welcome the Year of the Rooster.
Thursday 19 January
19:00 – 21:00
Prior to Chinese New Year, it’s customary to make time to put all your affairs in order, clean your house and replace old with new. This is mirrored by the European custom of Spring cleaning and setting resolutions for the new year. Take this seasonal opportunity to learn how we can create positive physical spaces for ourselves using two related philosophies – feng shui and using spatial energy and intention to support personal growth. Led by feng shui expert Gabriela Galbenus and interior designer Marc Peridis.
Hello Baijiu: Raise a Chinese New Year Toast
Wednesday 25 January
19:30 – 20:00
Gin is so 2016! Come and spend an evening learning about (and tasting) the world’s most consumed spirit and the next drinking trend for London, baijiu.
Saturday 28 – Monday 30 January
China Exchange’s CNY Instagram competition returns in 2017 to welcome the Year of the Rooster. To enter, post your Chinese New Year photos on Instagram using the hashtag #snapCNY17 over the opening CNY weekend, 28-29 January. Selected photos will be displayed at our #snapCNY17 popup exhibition.
Saturday 28 – Sunday 29 January
This Chinese New Year, budding documentary makers and curious Londoners are invited to join an open challenge to make a short documentary film – with a Chinese flavour – in under 36 hours. In partnership with London Documentary Network.
Saturday 28 January
#snapCNY17 entrants and the curious are invited to attend our free workshop aiming to equip attendees with a greater understanding of CNY, encouraging them to interact with and enjoy the celebrations on a deeper level.
Wednesday 1 February
18:30 – 20:00
China Exchange’s short form debate evening returns to welcome the Year of the Rooster. Guest speakers have just 8 minutes to convey their position and start the conversation with the audience. From Hinkley Point to whitewashing in the entertainment industry, you can expect a provocative evening designed to challenge your assumptions and make you think. Speakers include Dr Kerry Brown, director of the Lau China Institute at King’s College, London Dr Victor Fan senior lecturer at the Department of Film Studies, King’s College London and film consultant of Chinese Visual Festival and Dr Vivienne Lo, director of China Centre for Health and Humanity.
Thursday 9 February
19:30 – 20:45
£6 / £10 / £12
A special Spring Festival concert featuring two renowned musicians, Dr Cheng Yu and Liu Menglin on China’s silk 丝 and bamboo 竹 instruments. Silk and Bamboo, “sizhu” describes string and wind instruments in China; strings were traditionally made from silk and flutes and other wind instruments from bamboo. The programme for this special sizhu evening at China Exchange will evoke the arrival of Spring and showcase a variety of classical Chinese instruments.
Saturday 11 February
15:00 – 18:00
Cock-a-doodle-do something different! Make your own wire rooster to welcome in the new year! Led by artist and sculptor Zack McLaughlin from Paper & Wood, the workshop includes tuition, all materials, drinks and nibbles. Enjoy a glass of wine and start the year with a creative Saturday afternoon.
Saturday 11 February
19:00 – 22:00
Join in for the evening of the Lantern Festival, the last day of Chinese New Year, to celebrate and view the short documentaries produced through Doc in a Day: Chinese New Year.