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 returns in October 2018 and include's Wen Hui's RED, a docu-drama featuring dance, filmed interviews and a backdrop of projected archive material that invites audiences to look again at a famous Chinese ballet from the period of the Cultural Revolution.
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.