Happy Chinese New Year! 新年快乐!


We wish all our visitors, subscribers and curious passersby a very happy Chinese New Year. We’re welcoming the rooster with events throughout the Spring Festival detailed below and will be open on Sunday 29 January from noon-4pm to welcome visitors.




#snapCNY17 Instagram Competition
Saturday 28 – Monday 30 January



Our 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.




Doc in a Day: Chinese New Year
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.




What Does Chinese New Year Mean to Me?
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.


Deb8 China
Wednesday 1 February
18:30 – 20:00



Our 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.


丝竹报春 – Silk and Bamboo: Music for the Arrival of Spring

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.


Wire Rooster Workshop
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 at China Exchange.




Lantern Festival Screening: London’s CNY Documentaries
Saturday 11 February
19:00 – 22:00


Join us 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.