7 OCTOBER 2017

Our three-year festival showcases contemporary China, and its creative connection with the UK, through cutting-edge art and culture. The festival incorporates works by some of the most innovative artists practising in China today, as well as leading and emerging British-based Chinese and South East Asian artists.  In October 2017, the second edition of the festival involved a packed day of dance, theatre, music, comedy, talks, free and family events exploring Chinese art, culture and identity.

China Changing Festival returns in October 2018.

Highlights in 2017 included a keynote delivered by multimedia mogul Hung Huang and further talks discussing women in modern China and the recent two-child policy. There was also comedy by Chris Chan and contemporary dance featuring Julia Cheng and Si Rawlinson, with styles ranging from martial arts, waacking to break. Audiences were mesmerised by a play drawing on the true story of Chinese writer Lao She and a live guqin classical music performance from the Jun Tian Yun He Ensemble. Families were invited to watch puppetry and take part in free square dancing and calligraphy workshops.

Great time, profound moments and exceptional programme. It was so inspiring to host #ChinaChangingFest & share the stage with Chinese and British Chinese artists, it's made me rethink my identity.
Dan Tsu (Lyrix Organix)

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Various times
4 Oct 2018 - 5 Oct 2018
Various times | 4 Oct 2018 - 5 Oct 2018
Dance & Performance
Contemporary Dance
Look again at a famous Chinese ballet from the period of the Cultural Revolution
Look again at a famous Chinese ballet from the period of the Cultural Revolution

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Listen to this fascinating discussion from our China Changing Festival
Séagh Kehoe offers their interpretation of the impact of China’s introduction of the two-child policy
Find out about the dance craze that has over 100 million people in China hooked
See highlights from China Changing Festival at Southbank Centre
From puppetry to political discussion, get the most out of October’s festival of contemporary Chinese culture.
See a slideshow of festival highlights from Southbank Centre's China Changing
Hear what Chinese publication Nouvelles d’Europe had to say about the 2016 China Changing Festival
Read about Pagoda Youth Orchestra's experience of performing at China Changing festival 2016

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From puppetry to political discussion, get the most out of October’s festival of contemporary Chinese culture.
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Find out about the dance craze that has over 100 million people in China hooked