Opportunities to understand China, Chinese culture and Chinatown

Wrapping up Chinese Write Now 2022

Wrapping up Chinese Write Now 2022 From May through to July, we welcomed nearly 600 people to our Chinese Write Now festival celebrating writers and writing from and about Chinese culture.This year’s festival saw the China Exchange team bring contemporary Chinese culture and writing to  London, Nottingham, and Manchester and welcome people to talks, workshops […]

Introducing Festival Writer-in-Residence, Will Harris

Introducing Festival Writer-in-Residence, Will Harris Award winning writer Will Harris is joining us as the first Writer in Residence for our Chinese Write Now Festival 2022. His debut poetry book is RENDANG (Granta, UK; Wesleyan, US: 2020). It was a Poetry Book Society Choice and won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. He co-edited […]

Announcing Chinese Write Now 2022

Announcing Chinese Write Now 2022 We are delighted to share news of our Chinese Write Now Festival 2022. It is the third edition of the successful China in Context programme. The new name reflects the expanding scope of our programme, which celebrates writers and contemporary Chinese culture through writing. This year’s festival will highlight both […]

60 Minutes with Akram Khan

Growing up in a household filled with the music of Tom Jones, Michael Jackson and classic Bollywood tunes led Akram Khan to explore how the body can be moved to express the various states of emotions. In a night of casual conversation with our guest host Wenlan Peng, he shared anecdotes of growing up dancing […]

60 Minutes with Roger Law

A night of hilarious anecdotes and cultural insights were had by the audience at Roger Law’s talk. He shared with us the inspiration behind the hugely successful show Spitting Image – the biggest motivation being to make money as both he and co-founder Paul were struggling artists at the time – as well as how […]

60 Minutes with Sir Nicholas Bacon

Ever wondered how the other half lives? Sir Nicholas Bacon gave us a raw and honest look at the life of England’s aristocracy with anecdotes of how he was raised ultimately by the chauffeur, butler and game keeper to his time at Eton and the career he was pre-subscribed to him (law) but one that […]

60 Minutes with Professor Rana Mitter

How do you choose 20 highly influential characters from a 2,000-year history? That’s the daunting and empowering job that Professor Rana Mitter undertook when asked to produce a series for BBC Radio on the most influential Chinese characters. In his talk as part of the 60 minutes with series Professor Rana Mitter shared his thoughts on how he selected the […]

Winter Blossom Art Fair – Open Call for Participation

Calling all budding artists, student designers, boutique craft shop owners and art colleges! We are seeking entrepreneurial artists inspired by East Asian culture, who are looking to gain greater commercial experience and showcase their beautiful works to a wider audience, within a fun and inspiring art fair! Whether you’re an established designer, a fresh-faced art […]

Lord Ashdown

The evening spent with Lord Ashdown was inspiring and filled with humorous anecdotes. He discussed his experiences of learning multiple languages – including translater level Mandarin Chinese. By our reckoning, he is the UK’s highest profile non-Chinese Chinese speaker. We learned more about his early life, his motivation for entering politics and his passion for […]

Eat What?! An evening of unfamiliar food

We spent an evening exploring unfamiliar food with Chef Saiphin Moore, kimchi expert James Read, food writer Fuchsia Dunlop and dairy expert Srdja Mastilovic. Each took a bitesize turn in describing their experience with unfamiliar cuisines. Saphin Moore began the night by sharing tasty tips on various ways to cook insects – whether steamed, fried […]