Opportunities to understand China, Chinese culture and Chinatown

Synergy: When dance meets fashion

  Fashion and theatre performance have long been linked. V&A collected fashion designer Rui Xu, created “Scarlet Infusion” – seven seductive and spellbinding costumes, for the Rashomon style dance theatre piece, Tea Spell, directed by Zhao Liang. On 17th August, Rui Xu and Zhao Liang came together with Professor Christopher Bannerman, performance artist Madaleine Trigg […]

Doc in a Day: Chinese New Year

We welcomed in the Year of the Rooster on Saturday 28 January with Doc in a Day: Chinese New Year – our collaborative event with London Documentary Network. 6 teams came together to create a short documentary about Chinese New Year (CNY), based on the theme ‘Ritual’. To start the day, the China Exchange team […]

An Evening with Renée Fleming

    The Pure Land Series’ first talk of 2017 was an extraordinary one. Undeterred by the prediction of snow and coldest day of the year, the audience braved the storm to China Exchange, while Pure Land Foundation played host to a riveting conversation between two very different legendary women.  EU Good Will Ambassador and Founder and Chairwoman of the Bianca […]

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 Free     Our […]

Great Chinese Trees

Tony Kirkham, head of Arboretum at the Kew Royal Botanic Gardens, led us on an adventurous evening filled with treetop tales. Throughout his talk on “Great Chinese Trees”, Tony shared anecdotes of his plant hunting travels across China – following the footsteps of arguably the most influential plant hunter to have lived, Ernest ‘Chinese’ Wilson; and the stories behind his many favourite trees!

Pierre-Alexis Dumas

      The Prudential Series ended 2016 on a fashionable note with Hermès Creative Director Pierre-Alexis Dumas, who spoke intimately about the history of the iconic and loved brand. Dumas opened up about the exclusive fashion house, explaining that all their initial items were made for the horse rider – but were soon adapted to suit modern […]

In War & Peace with Joyce DiDonato

    Multi award winning opera singer Joyce DiDonato took to the stage of the China Exchange with panel members, Matt Peacock MBE, Artistic Director of the charity Streetwise Opera and Anis Barnat founder of El Sistema Greece to discuss the role of music as a force of social integration, mutual understanding and personal transformation. […]

Jonathan Newhouse

Jonathan Newhouse spoke extensively on building publishing brands in print and online.

Sacred Music and Sistine Chapel Choir

    Bypassing the intellect and reaching into the heart and soul of every audience member, Mark Spyropoulos, the first and only full time British member of the Sistine Chapel Choir, left the Pure Land Series audience in awe as he took us through his fascinating account of the Choir’s history from the year 300 […]

Bitesize China

Bitesize China Event Photo

    In this tasty discussion event chef Andrew Wong, food writer Fuchsia Dunlop and tv chef and writer Ching-He Huang each took a bitesize turn at describing their experience with Chinese cuisine. Andrew Wong began the night by asking the audience to imagine a Japanese kitchen, followed by a Chinese kitchen and drew upon the […]