The Inaugural Wales China Festival will be hosted by Bangor in February 2018.
The event will be taking place between 16-18th of February 2018.
This is the first annual Wales China Festival which has been organised with the aim of building a flourishing cultural, creative and educational relationship between Wales and China, as well as spreading interest of China throughout Wales locally and the wider UK.
The festival will be centered in Bangor’s Pontio Arts and Innovation Centre, a perfectly suited venue for such an event, the expansive and versatile space homing the many features on the weekend’s timetable.
Bangor is an ideal location for this, thanks to the town’s thriving Chinese community, as well as Bangor University’s Confucius Institute.
This is a prime opportunity to witness authentic demonstrations of traditional Chinese culture, including Tai Chi performances, Traditional Tea Ceremony, and a Chinese Calligraphy Workshop.
The author and translator of collaborative literature project, ‘The Rice Paper Diaries’ will be treating attendees to a live reading. The novel is based on author Francesca Rhydderch’s family history ; A Welsh family and a Chinese nanny are thrown into the havoc of military conflict, and charts the family’s journey from China to a coastal village in Wales. The novel has been published in China thanks to translator Dr. Yin Yang.
There will also be a reading of the Welsh adaptation of ‘Burglars and Boys’ by Hao Jingfang, with English and Mandarin subtitles.
Film enthusiasts will rejoice in the opportunity to view a variety of Chinese cinema, including the international blockbuster ‘The Great Wall’, thought-provoking immigration documentary ‘Human Flow’, and for the kids, there is even an exclusive cinema screening of everyone’s favourite Chinese Disney Princess – Mulan.
You can also expect literature.a contemporary dance piece accompanied by live music exploring the myth of a modern Mu-Lan in ‘Orlando Warrior’ by House of Absolute.
Remember it’s not just about China, there’s also Welsh folk band, ‘The Gentle Good’ who will be performing songs from their award-winning album ‘The Immortal Bard’ in a cabaret-style concert on the Friday evening. The album was created by Gareth Bonello during a six-week residency in Chengdu and tells the magical story of the 8th century Chinese poet Li Bai. The band will be joined by Chinese musician Zining Wang on the evening.
On Friday, those who are artistically and creatively inclined can get involved in the Arts and Creative Industries Workshop with Wales Arts International,, which will feature talks by industry experts from Chinese, UK and Welsh creative companies working within China.
Each featured event can be attended individually, however those who are keen to attend the full programme can take advantage of the ‘See More’ pass which unlocks 2 live events and 1 film.