06.09.2021, 13:00

#ReConnect 2021 UK-China Contemporary Culture Festival launched

  • #ReConnect – a hybrid festival featuring online and offline work by leading British art and cultural organisations and artists, launched by the British Council.
  • Partnering with over 35 cultural organisations from the UK and China, the Festival offers thought provoking and stimulating experiences with British arts and culture.
  • The Festival presents the diverse breadth of contemporary UK arts, culture and education to inspire and connect audiences in China and beyond with British creativity.
  • The Festival aims to strengthen the connection between China and the UK through shared values in culture and education.


BEIJING, KUNMING, SHANGHAI, SHENZHEN AND ZHENGZHOU - Media OutReach - 6 September 2021 - The British Council launched the 2021 UK-China Contemporary Culture Festival. Titled #ReConnect, this year's edition is a hybrid festival featuring work by leading British art and cultural organisations and artists via online and offline platforms, offering audiences in China an opportunity to reconnect with British art from Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and England. Organised by the British Council, the UK's international organisation for cultural relations and education opportunities, and sponsored by the Welsh Government, the festival will present nearly 40 cultural performances and projects online and offline in multiple cities across China between 1 and 20 September 2021.

"We are delighted to be a partner of the British Council, supporting the 2021 UK-China Contemporary Culture Festival to give people in China an opportunity to experience three wonderful examples of art and culture from Wales.The theme of the festival, reconnecting, is more important now than ever – reconnecting with our environment and our communities, both locally and across borders. I hope our contribution to the festival will encourage audiences to do just that, building new cultural connections between our two nations" said Rt Hon Mark Drakeford, First Minister of Wales.

Focusing on three different themes, the Festival will encourage audiences to #ReConnect with nature, community and the self through a variety of exhibitions, talks, panel discussions, film screenings and performances. #ReConnect with Nature will explore the deep relationship between humans and nature; #ReConnect with Community will explore the connection and consequence of human experience and our community; and #ReConnect with Self will support individuals to increase empathy and self-awareness.

Highlight projects under #ReConnect with Nature include:

  • British visual artist Celyn Bricker's first solo exhibition in China, titled The Fifth Season. Bringing together interactive, AI generated artworks, paintings and prototypes, the exhibition held in Beijing will explore our relationship with nature and new technology.
  • An online talk held in partnership with the Natural History Museum, -titled Our Broken Planet: How We Got Here and Ways to Fix It will see young changemakers from the UK and China debate why and how our relationship with the natural world needs to change.
  • Eye of the Storm, a documentary film featuring Scottish landscape painter James Morrison will be screened in Shanghai, directed by award-winning director Anthony Baxter.
  • Dog Ballet, from the London International Festival of Theatre, is a webinar about a new participatory work of public art to celebrate the community around dogs and their owners to appreciate the joy and tenderness that can be found in these relationships of mutual care.


#ReConnect with Community will share work from the UK that places emphasis on the changing nature of community, as well as talks from leading arts and cultural experts alongside knowledge sharing events from dance and theatre producers. Selected highlights include:

  • O'r Graig, a short documentary featuring slate mines in North Wales, which have recently been designated UNESCO heritage status.
  • Journey to the Eyeth Art, a virtual art gallery showcasing the creativity of deaf artists in an imaginary world called Eyeth and a celebration of inclusiveness in the art for all.
  • Match Make is a series of short films which paired 8 dance artists and 8 artist collaborators during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, which include natural, industrial, rural, urban and coastal settings throughout Northern Ireland.


#ReConnect with Self will focus on activities that explore mental health and well-being. Highlight projects include:

  • Time to Dance China, an international digital collaboration between the Scottish Ballet and Shanghai International Dance Centre designed to deliver dementia-friendly dance activities for elderly people as well as a dance film screening.
  • An online solo exhibition of works by award-winning British artist Sir Christopher Le Brun, in addition to an online talk between Sir Christopher Le Brun and renowned art critic, writer and curator Shen Qilan.


"At this time of limited travel, we are excited to once again bring some of the most dynamic and vibrant artistic and cultural performances, exhibitions and talks from the UK to audiences in China and offer people the choice to experience these in person or online. With the theme of #ReConnect, we hope to inspire our audience to re-evaluate their relationship with the natural environment, their community, and themselves. The world is going though unprecedented changes at this time, and arts and culture have the power to bring people together through presenting programmes in partnership with institutions and artists in the UK and China. The Festival acts as a platform to share knowledge, spark discussions and stimulate thinking among our audiences." Said Rehana Mughal, Director Arts for the British Council China.


Programme list



Activity


Date


Partner


Format


Geography



ReConnect with Nature


1


British Library Exhibitions in Two Cities: London – Shenzhen


Sept 1 - 20


British Library


Online showcase


England


2


Affiliated Event – The Fifth Season by Celyn Bricker (online talk)


Sept 18


Winland


Online event


England/Beijing


3


Broken Planet Programme (online talk for climate change between Glasgow and Kunming)


Sept 17


Natural History Museum


Online event


England/Scotland/Kunming


4


Eye of the Storm documentary featuring Scottish landscape painter James Morrison in Shanghai


Sept 16


Montrose Pictures


Offline event


Scotland/Shanghai


5


Eye of the Storm documentary featuring Scottish landscape painter James Morrison in Shanghai


Sept 19


Montrose Pictures


Online showcase


Scotland


6


Our Future Planet (Films and talks for Sustainability and the impact of Climate Change)


Sept 1 - 20


Science Museum Group


Online showcase


England


7


The Children of Lir (performances of raising environmental awareness)


Sept 1 - 20


Folk NI Theatre


Online showcase


Northern Ireland


8


Dog Ballet (Webinar)


Sept 15


London International Festival of Theatre


Online event


England


9


CURRENT (films of the exhibition)


Sept 13 - 20


Cooper Gallery


Online showcase


Scotland


10


Design and Sustainable Business Futures (panel discussion with Joey Pringle and others)


TBC


Veshin Factory


Online Event


England



ReConnect with Community


11


Making Matters


Sept 13 - 20


IM


Online showcase


Across UK


12


Short Film Project for Female Directors (panel discussion)


Sept 12


Encounters Film Festival, One International Women's Festival


Online event


England/Beijing


13


Breathe and Draw (Orchestra Music)


Sept 1 - 20


Nevis Ensemble


Online showcase


Scotland


14


Mojo Mickybo (theatre film)


Sept 1 - 20


Bruiser Theatre Company


Online showcase


Northern Ireland


15


Songs for Heritage and Culture of Northern Ireland


Sept 6 – 20


Brigid O'Neill


Online showcase


Northern Ireland


16


Match Make (8 short films)


Sept 1 - 20


Maiden Voyage Dance Company


Online showcase


Northern Ireland


17


Plethu/Weave Project (series of dance-poetry performance films)


Sept 1 - 20


National Dance Company Wales, Literature Wales


Online showcase


Wales


18


Nurture (performance film)


Sept 1 - 20


Bbeyond


Online showcase


Northern Ireland


19


Creative Ageing in Scotland (online talk by Luminate Festival)


Sept 1 - 20


Luminate Festival


Online showcase


Scotland


20


O'r Graig (short documentary of UNESCO world heritage slate in North Wales)


Sept 1 - 20


Wicked Wales Film


Online showcase


Wales


21


Beijing Stories (film screening)


Sept 1 - 20


Scottish Documentary Institute


Online showcase


Scotland


22


Beijing Stories (artist talk)


Sept 20


Scottish Documentary Institute


Online event


Scotland


23


Cultural Heritage for Inclusive Growth an introduction speaker: Nikki Locke


Sept 16


British Council


Online event


Across UK


24


Deaf Culture Online Exhibition curated by Zhou Jiayi


Sept 1 - 20


Artist Jiayi Zhou


Online showcase


Across UK


25


Selector Online Competition


Sept 15


British Council


Online Showcase


Across UK



ReConnect with Self



26


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Scottish Dance Theatre x Shanghai International Dance Centre Collaboration (dance film screening)


Sept 1- 20


Scottish Dance Theatre, Shanghai International Dance Centre


Online showcase


Scotland


27


Time to Dance (film screening)


Sept 7


Scottish Ballet, Luminous Festival


Online showcase


Scotland


28


Notes on Stone (Anna Mahler) film screening


Sept 10 - 20


Stephenson Art


Online showcase


England


29


Future of Art Education (film screening & panel discussion)


Sept 16


Cloud Intelligence


Online event


Beijing


30


Affiliated event -Solo Exhibition of works by Sir Christopher Le Brun (online talk with artist Sir Christopher Le Brun & Shen Qilan)


Sept 13


Lisson Gallery


Online event


England/Shenzhen


31


Affiliated event - Italian Renaissance Drawings


Sept 17


British Museum, M Woods


Online event


England/Beijing


32


Affiliated event - Masterpieces in Miniature: Treasures from the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection


Sept 19


V&A Museum


Offline event


England/Zhengzhou


33


Glass Meet the Future short films


Sept 1-20


North Lands Creative


Online showcase


Scotland


34


Artes Mundi Prabhakar Pachpute Exhibition (artist introduction)


Sept 1-20


ARTES MUNDI


Online showcase


Wales


35


Origin to Future Thinking, podcast with Farooq Chaudhry, Xu Rui, and Rui Fu


Sept 1-20


China House Arts


Online showcase


England


36


2021 British Classical Art Film Festival at Lumiere Beijing, New Live Screenings


Sept 1-5


New Live


Offline showcase




Media kit


#ReConnect

2021 UK-China Contemporary Culture Festival

Organiser: British Council

Sponsor: The Welsh Government

Period: 1-20 September 2021

Festival portal: http://reconnect.britishcouncil.cn/

British Council WeChat 'bc-china' and 'UK_NOW'

British Council Weibo @英国大使馆文化教育处, @艺述英国

Festival visual material bank:

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Notes to editors

The Welsh Government


Wales is a country in the UK with distinctive traditions, heritage, culture and language. It is known as a land of song and a country steeped in myth and legend, which, when you see the awe-inspiring landscape, is no surprise.

The Welsh national anthem picks out 'beirdd a chantorion' – the poets and singers – for special mention. Today, the Welsh music and arts scenes are alive with the sounds of bilingual music, poetry, art, and everything in between.

Learn more about Wales at wales.com


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