• “Happy Chinese New Year” Celebrations 2019

“Happy Chinese New Year” Celebrations 2019

Performance: Charming Guizhou

A group of 32 delegates from Guizhou Song and Dance Theatre will visit Australia to perform across different locations in New South Wales from 9 to 15 February 2019.

Guizhou Song and Dance Theatre is one of the largest professional art performance groups in Guizhou province, with the aim to inherit, flourish and develop the art and culture of Guizhou and the mission to promote Guizhou culture.

This year’s Chinese New Year celebration performances encompass an eclectic variety of programs, such as Chinese traditional acrobatic performance, folk song and dance, unfolding the unique and vivid cultural characteristics of Guizhou Province and a vibrant picture of the diverse Chinese culture.

City of Sydney’s Lunar New Year
When: Sat. 9 Feb 4 pm
Where: Dixon St., Sydney, NSW 2000

Nan Tien Temple Chinese New Year Celebration 
When: Sun. 10 Feb 12 pm & 2 pm (2 sessions)
Where: Nan Tien Temple, 180 Berkeley Rd, Berkeley NSW 2506

China Cultural Centre in Sydney Chinese New Year Celebration (Booking Required)
When: Mon. 11 Feb 6 pm
Where: China Cultural Centre in Sydney, Level 1, 151 Castlereagh St, Sydney, NSW 2000

Chinese New Year Lantern Festival
When: Fri. 15 Feb 8 pm
Where: Tumbalong Park, 11 Harbour St, Sydney NSW 2000

Photo Exhibition: World Heritage in China

As an ancient civilization, China is rich in resources of cultural and natural heritage. In 1972, the United Nation Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) adopted “the Convention concerning the protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage”, which designed to protect the most valuable cultural and natural heritage for all humanity. China officially joined the convention in 1985 and declared six heritage sites including the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, Mogao Cave, Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor, Mount Tai and Peking Man Site at Zhoukoudian in the World Heritage List in 1987.

For over 30 years, China has successfully declared 53 World Heritage sites, including 36 cultural heritages and 4 mixed heritages of culture and nature. These are the witness of Chinese traditional culture and a great crystallization of Chinese civilization.

This exhibition selects images of the historical monuments, ruins, architectural complex, ancient towns, cultural landscapes and routes, etc., aiming to bring you to the history, the stories and the spirit of the culture.

Certainly, it is not enough to understand Chinese culture by simply looking at these pictures. You are welcome to visit China, to see and feel the unique heritage and essence of the Chinese culture.

When: 28 Feb – 15 Mar 2019, Mon.-Fri., 10 am-1 pm, 2 pm-5 pm
Where: China Cultural Centre in Sydney, Level 1, 151 Castelreagh St, Sydney, NSW 2000

Lecture: ‘The bones of songs’ and China’s cultural heritage: why Chinese minority songs matter

This event is co-presented by the China Studies Centre & Sydney Conservatorium of Music, the University of Sydney and China Cultural Centre in Sydney.

“They are just listening to the melody,” commented one of my Kam (in Chinese, Dong 侗) song teachers from Guizhou province on the audience reaction to a recent Kam song performance, “they aren’t listening to the bones of the song.” For experienced Kam singers, it is the lak ga – the bones of songs, the Kam name for song lyrics – that is still the most important aspect of a song and its performance. Kam songs, including Kam ‘big song’, the multi-part Kam choral genre recognized by UNESCO as world Intangible Cultural Heritage, are mainly sung in the Kam language, a Thai-related language with no widely used written form that is completely different from Chinese. The lyrics are by turn educational and philosophical, dealing with historical, social, environmental, agricultural and cosmological issues that have been important to Kam people for centuries. In this lecture I draw upon my extensive research on Kam song over a fifteen-year period, and my experience joining Kam friends and teachers in many Kam song performances, to explain how Kam song is understood by Kam people and why songs of Chinese minorities such as the Kam minority continue to be significant today.

Dr Catherine Ingram is a lecturer in ethnomusicology at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and visiting expert with the Chinese Music Ecology Research Team, Shanghai Conservatory of Music.

When: Sat. 2 Feb 2019 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Where: China Cultural Centre in Sydney, Level 1, 151 Castelreagh St, Sydney, NSW 2000

Free Film Screening: Happiness is Coming

Shanglai Ma, so called Super Mediator, is one of the most famous peace-maker in Chongqing. He is challenged by a up-rising star Xuwang Mao right before he is about to start his own business in conciliation. To become the No.1 mediator in Chongqing, Ma and Mao start a war with each other! However, Ma doesn’t only face a challenge from Mao, but also realises that his personal life starts falling apart.

Main Cast: Gong Feng
Director: Gong Feng
Language: Mandarin, with English subtitles

When: Fri. 25 Jan 2019 6 pm
Where: China Cultural Centre in Sydney, Level 1, 151 Castelreagh St, Sydney, NSW 2000

Free Film Screening: How Long Will I Love U

In this rollicking romantic comedy, a man and a woman living in the same apartment nearly twenty years apart wake one day to find their timelines have merged. Now they’re stuck with one another, unless they can work together long enough to find a way back to their normal lives… if destiny will allow it.

Main Cast: Liya Tong, Jiayin Lei
Director: Lun Xu
Language: Mandarin, with English subtitles

When: Fri. 22 Feb 2019 6 pm
Where: China Cultural Centre in Sydney, Level 1, 151 Castelreagh St, Sydney, NSW 2000

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