Newsletter November 2019

Music Salon

Lofty Mountains and Flowing Water
- Guqin Music Concert 

As a famous ancient Chinese music, “Lofty Mountains and Flowing Water” stands for a story about bosom friends formerly. To celebrate 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, Jun Tian Yun He Ensemble brings the show to Sydney to continue the story of “bosom friends’.
Performed by the Jun Tian Yun He Ensemble, a group committed to spreading the music and culture of the majestic, the “Lofty Mountains and Flowing Water” concert is the combination of tradition and modernity. The audience would experience the beauty, power and versatility of the Guqin, in natural partnership with cello, guitar and throat singing through the concert.

When:  6 November 2019, 6 PM
Where: China Cultural Centre in Sydney
Dress Code: Smart Casual
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Featured Exhibition

Fine Art Exhibition: Festivals in the Mountain

Guizhou is a mountainous province where ethnic minorities concentrate, and where the diversity of natural ecology and national culture enhance so wholly intertwined. The 17 ethnic minorities who live on this land, such as Miao, Buyi, Yi, Shui, Sui, Sui and Tujia, have their traditional festivals.

The exhibits mirror the respects of artists for the culture of Guizhou and their confidence and their unique perspectives, exquisite quality and artistic appeal. We hope that through this exhibition audience could gain a deeper understanding of Guizhou culture and its unique charms.

Opening:  14 November 2019, Thursday, 6 PM
Dress Code: Formal

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When:  15 - 29 November 2019, Mon - Fri, 10 AM - 1 PM, 2 PM - 5 PM
Where: China Cultural Centre in Sydney

Free entry

Cultural Workshop

Passion for Silk, Porcelain and Tea
- Workshop Revealing the Culture of the South of China

This workshop will showcase Zhejiang folk art and traditional culture to local people in Sydney through art demonstration and interactive experience. The workshop contains Ou embroidery, Long Quan Celadon, and Tea Review & Tea Ceremony.

This activity allows local people to finish a handicraft work in a short time through hands-on operation and practice, which will enable the public to understand Chinese traditional culture, experience the joy of hand-made work, and also serve as a souvenir.

When:  21-23 November 2019
Where: ICC Sydney, Hall 2, The 3rd Australia Chinese Cultural Festival & Tea Expo

Continued Exhibition

Lighting up Generations
- Theme Exhibition of Oil Lamp by Contemporary Chinese Artists

The Chinese oil lamp has accumulated rich cultural heritage in its 5,000-year history development and it is an important part of excellent traditional Chinese culture. Chinese oil lamps have different shapes and materials in different historical periods. They are embodied with the wisdom and creation of skilled craftsmen of past dynasties, showing the regional cultural differences and reflecting the diversity of Chinese culture. The oil lamp burning itself to illuminate others is the gentleman’s character that the Chinese extol for generations.

The “Oil Lamps Museum” in Changzhou, Jiangsu is the largest oil lamps museum in the world. Over the past 10 years, the “Oil Lamps Museum” has organized contemporary Chinese artists to create paintings with oil lamp as the theme, involving masters from both sides of the Taiwan Strait. More than 100 works reflect the high level of contemporary Chinese oil lamp paintings. 

This exhibition showcases a selected collection of works. The works are rich in genres and content, and will surely bring fresh and beautiful artistic enjoyment to Sydney’s culture and art lovers.

When:  1 - 8 November 2019, Mon - Fri, 10 AM - 1 PM, 2 PM - 5 PM
Where: China Cultural Centre in Sydney

Free entry 

Free Film Screening

The Dead End

The Dead End (Chinese: 烈日灼心) is a 2015 Chinese crime drama film based on Xu Yigua's novel Sunspot (Chinese: 太阳黑子).

Three sworn brothers raise an orphan girl. One is a taxi driver who likes to help people and doesn't like taking to the press. Another is an auxiliary police officer who likes to stick it to the rich to help the poor, and has never once considered promotion at work as a goal. The other is a simple man, who spends his days fussing over their girl. Everything seems fine. But something gloomy is bubbling beneath the surface. A series of coincidences bring police officer Yi Guchun and his sister Yi Guxia into their lives, and their fates are forever changed. An unsolved case, once quite a sensation, resurfaces. In the course of justice and in the emotional lives of all involved, how will their fates play out?

Length: 139 minutes

Director: Cao Baoping

Cast: Deng Chao, Duan Yihong, Guo Tao, Wang Ludan

Language: Chinese (English subtitles)

When: Fri, 29 November 2019, 6 PM-8 PM
Where: China Cultural Centre in Sydney
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Tales of 12 Chinese Zodiac
-Music and Dance Spectacular

The zodiac culture originates from ancient times when Chinese ancestors categorised years by animal signs. The Chinese zodiac bestows its characteristics to those born in its corresponding year.
A cast of 50 from China Oriental Performing Arts Group will stage an exquisite production with colourful pageantry, stunning costumes, masterful choreography and music featuring percussion. In addition to Chinese classical and modern dance, calligraphy, Peking Opera, martial arts and other China’s most representative cultural elements are woven into the production.

Don't miss out on this fantastic chance to know more about your zodiac through China's highly acclaimed dance spectacular!

When:  21 November 2019
Where: Sydney State Theatre
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Legend of the Chinese Song Fairy
-Opera Liu Sanjie in Concert

China National Opera & Dance Drama Theatre will proudly return to Australia in this December for a modern concert production of the classic Chinese opera Liu Sanjie for the first time out of China.

A hybrid of opera, piano and theatre tells a story about hope and love of the most iconic figure of Zhuang ethnic group, Liu Sanjie, a legendary folk singer known as Chinese ‘Song Fairy’. With her songs, it is said, she gives a voice to the impoverished and people who suffer from inequality as she sings about her yearning for love.

Zhao Haifeng, producer of the opera said,"Liu Sanjie is a cultural icon of Chinese folk music. Adapting the beautiful story into opera could allow more and more people to know about Guilin and the classic folk songs."

When:  14 December 2019
Where: Sydney Opera House
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