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China Changing Festival

4 Oct 2018 - 7 Oct 2018

The final edition of our three-year festival showcasing contemporary China, and its creative connection with the UK, through cutting-edge art and culture. 

Immerse yourself in 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, over a packed four-day programme including theatre, comedy, contemporary and classical music, fashion, talks and family events.

The festival culminates in Cloud Show, a spectacular experimental fashion show led by Academy Award-winning costume designer and art director Tim Yip (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon). 

Theatre highlights include Wen Hui's RED, a docu-drama featuring dance, filmed interviews and projected archive material that invites audiences to look again at a famous Chinese ballet from the period of the Cultural Revolution, and The Injustice to Tou O, a supernatural tale of love and intrigue from the 13th century. Plus, see Michelle Yim's fascinating one-woman show telling the extraordinary true story of Princess Der Ling.

Join singer-songwriter Emmy the Great on a musical journey exploring identity and fate, consider a complicated childhood with comedian Ken Cheng, and see calligraphy reimagined as an explosive hip-hop and contemporary dance performance by Si Rawlinson in Red INK

Our talks programme invites you to delve deeper into contemporary Chinese culture, with events including The Rise of China's Feminist ResistanceChinese Sci-Fi and an exploration of the works of Hong Kong writer Jin Yong, who wrote the phenomenally popular Legends of the Condor Heroes series.

Drop in and enjoy a live guqin classical performance, sample the best of Chinese street food, bring the family to watch a puppetry show, and attend free workshops and activities for all ages.

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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Model wearing costume in the clouds

Free

Free

Various times
2 Oct 2018 - 13 Oct 2018
Various times | 2 Oct 2018 - 13 Oct 2018
Art
Survey fantastical new costumes from designer Tim Yip (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon)
Survey fantastical new costumes from designer Tim Yip (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon)
Five participants of the Cloud Video Installation

Free

Free

Various times
4 Oct 2018 - 13 Oct 2018
Various times | 4 Oct 2018 - 13 Oct 2018
Art
Fifty young Londoners share their visions of the future in this video installation
Fifty young Londoners share their visions of the future in this video installation
Various times
4 Oct 2018 - 5 Oct 2018
Various times | 4 Oct 2018 - 5 Oct 2018
Performance & Dance
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
People enjoying the Southbank Centre Food Market

Free

Free

Various times
5 Oct 2018 - 7 Oct 2018
Various times | 5 Oct 2018 - 7 Oct 2018
Have you eaten yet? Sample the dishes of a country with at least 15 major cuisines
Have you eaten yet? Sample the dishes of a country with at least 15 major cuisines
Performer playing the guqin on-stage

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Fri 05 Oct 2018
1:00 pm | Fri 05 Oct 2018
Gigs
Rock & Pop
Sounds different? You're listening to the world's first compositions combining guqin and piano
Sounds different? You're listening to the world's first compositions combining guqin and...

Free

Free

12:00 pm
Sat 06 Oct 2018
12:00 pm | Sat 06 Oct 2018
Art
Is having breakfast a habit? If you're a dancer, what about dancing?
Is having breakfast a habit? If you're a dancer, what about dancing?
Emmy the Great, singer performing
7:00 pm
Sat 06 Oct 2018
7:00 pm | Sat 06 Oct 2018
Performance & Dance
Contemporary Dance
Singer-songwriter Emmy the Great shares the story of a life-changing trip to China
Singer-songwriter Emmy the Great shares the story of a life-changing trip to China
Ken Cheng, comedian
9:30 pm
Sat 06 Oct 2018
9:30 pm | Sat 06 Oct 2018
Performance & Dance
Comedy
Comedian Ken Cheng shares the story of his unusual upbringing in the UK
Comedian Ken Cheng shares the story of his unusual upbringing in the UK
Emilie Wang, of Guildhall School of Music and Drama
11:30 am
Sun 07 Oct 2018
11:30 am | Sun 07 Oct 2018
Talks & Topics
Global Culture & Ethnicity
Start your Sunday with a look at the headlines as Emilie Wang shares today’s news of China
Start your Sunday with a look at the headlines as Emilie Wang shares today’s news of China
Hung Huang, speaking at live talk
11:30 am
Sun 07 Oct 2018
11:30 am | Sun 07 Oct 2018
Talks & Topics
Spoken word & Live literature
Get the low-down on contemporary China and its connection to the UK with a day of talks and analysis
Get the low-down on contemporary China and its connection to the UK with a day of talks and analysis

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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

4 Oct - 5 Oct
Performance & Dance
Contemporary Dance
Look again at a famous Chinese ballet from the period of the Cultural Revolution
7 Oct
Performance & Dance
Theatre
Shudder to a 13th-century supernatural tale of love and intrigue in this multi-media performance
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