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December 2017 Wales-China Newsletter

December 2017 Wales-China Newsletter

Here are some updates from the Wales-China Stakeholder Group to close the year and look ahead to 2018.

Deal sealed to "Meet Fred" in China at P2P Summit



Wales Arts International is delighted that Hijinx theatre, a portfolio client of the Arts Council of Wales, has signed an agreement with AC Orange, one of China’s largest performing arts companies. The deal will see the award-winning inclusive theatre production of ‘Meet Fred’ tour China in May 2018 - the latest collaboration in a growing cultural and arts partnership between China and Wales.

The formal signing of the agreement took place at the UK-China High Level People to People Summit at Lancaster House on Thursday, 7 December 2017 by Hijinx Director Clare Williams and AC Orange Director Yao Cheng, and was witnessed by Yu Qun -Deputy Minister of Culture for the People's Republic of China, Lord Dafydd Elis- Thomas, Minister for Culture Welsh Government and Karen Bradley UK Government Secretary of State for Culture. The agreement is a direct result of a 2015 cultural Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of Wales and the Cultural Ministry of China.

The P2P Summit also included talks held in Edinburgh and London, where key companies across the arts and creative, sports and education sectors from China and the UK met to celebrate ties between the two countries, and drive further cross-sector co-operation.

Read the full press release here.

Working in China Workshops and Pontio/Invertigo Wales-China Festival

The first Wales-China Cultural and Creative industries workshop took place at Tramshed Tech on 23 November as part of a suite of events taking place to support the ambitions of greater cultural and creative collaboration expressed in the Memorandum of Understanding between Welsh Government and the Ministry of Culture of China.



Organised by Wales Arts International, Arts Council of Wales Phil George held an ‘in conversation’ with Dawn McCarthy-Simpson Director of International Strategy at Pact who has years of experience of developing connections between the UK and China in TV and Film, The panel discussion included Chris Hurne, Senior Account Manager for Music and Games, Department for International Trade; Clare Williams, Chief Executive, Hijinx and Stewart Ferguson, Director of Research, China-Britain Business Council.

Key agencies were present to discuss opportunities for companies from Wales in China, including information about the upcoming Trade and Culture Mission to Shanghai and Hong Kong 10-17 March 2018 – more information below.

Watch it again on our Facebook page.

The second workshop for the Arts and Creative Industries sector will be on Chinese New Year’s Day 16 February 2017, 15:00-18:00, as part of the inaugural Pontio/Invertigo Wales-China Festival in Pontio, Bangor which will be held 16-18 February. The Festival will mark Chinese New Year with performances of a Welsh Chinese collaboration lead by The Gentle Good and a premiere of a trilingual (Welsh-English-Mandarin) production by Invertigo Theatre. Writer Francesca Rhydderch will read excerpts of her book The Rice Paper Diaries, which has been translated into Mandarin. A sign up for the workshop will be sent out in the New Year, but in the meantime contact Judith.MuskerTurner@wai.org.uk for more information or Pontio for information about the festival.

Welsh National Opera Head to Hong Kong Arts Festival.

March 2018 is set to look like ‘Wales in China month’ with a Welsh Government Trade and Culture Mission scheduled for 10-17 March to coincide with Welsh National Opera’s performance in Hong Kong.

After the success of the last trade and culture mission in 2017 which lead to the signing of the Hijinx – AC Orange agreement this month, Wales Arts International will once again be coordinating a cultural mission with British Council in China. Building on last year’s approach, there will be opportunities for the arts sector to be represented and contacts developed in these key cities.



The Wales National football team will also be playing in the China Cup later that week, providing a great opportunity to raise the profile of Wales in China. With this in mind, a networking event will be held for those working in the Sports sector, organised by Cardiff Metropolitan University early in 2018. Further details will be released when they become available.

Shanghai Performing Arts Fair – October 2017

A small group of representatives from Wales’ arts sector attended Shanghai Performing Arts Fair in October 2017, including Michael Garvey (BBC National Orchestra of Wales), Clare Williams (Hijinx), Haili Ma (Cardiff University), Rebecca Gould (British Council) and David Alston (Arts Council of Wales). Phil George, Chairman of Arts Council of Wales was also invited to participate in a prestigious delegation of European cultural organisations hosted by Ministry of Culture of China to Beijing, Shanghai and Wuzhen.

The deepest impression that the visit made upon the delegates was the evident strength of the desire to export Chinese arts to Wales and beyond, and the importance of reciprocity.

Sources of information for working in China:

British Council’s new China Now platform
China-Britain Business Council
British Council’s Generation UK: China Network
Confucius Institutes Wales:
Bangor
Cardiff
University of Wales, Trinity Saint David, Lampeter

To join the Wales-China Stekholder Group email judith.muskerturner@wai.org.uk.

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