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Harbourfront Centre Announces Inaugural Festival Lineup For China Now - July 11-13
Harbourfront Centre announced its inaugural China Now festival, an unprecedented exploration of Chinese arts and culture taking place July 11-13. Presented by Manulife, in partnership with Can4Culture and China International Culture Association, working with the China Arts and Entertainment Group, supported by the Ministry of Culture, People's Republic of China, China Now explores the theme of artistic legacy through a multidisciplinary look at the country's artistic traditions and trajectory.
With over 100 multidisciplinary artists venturing to Harbourfront Centre from China and other Chinese communities around the world, this festival will highlight the intersections that define and shape Chinese arts and culture inside and outside of the country. From live music to dance, food demonstrations to artisanal crafts and much more, China Now's exciting and unprecedented lineup will provide festival patrons with an opportunity to experience a taste of contemporary Chinese arts and culture in one place. Harbourfront Centre is honoured to be the sole North American destination outside of the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage for this unprecedented showcase of Chinese culture.
"Though China's history dates back five millennia, the country's legacy is not confined by its past," explains Rodrigo Fritz, senior artistic associate and project coordinator at Harbourfront Centre. "China's modernity is so contemporary that it challenges the very idea of what 'modern' means. With China Now, we're deconstructing preconceptions and investigating the diverse traditions, cultures and experiences of China and its people. We're looking forward to kicking-off this inaugural festival, and hope that our patrons will take advantage of this unique opportunity to explore and engage with China's multifaceted culture."
"Manulife's history with China dates back over 115 years, and we're continuing to develop our presence there to the fullest," shares Rob Park, National VP, Asian Market & Living Benefit Sales, Retail Markets at Manulife. "Chinese arts and culture are cherished around the world and China Now gives Canadians an opportunity to discover a piece of China's unique beauty."
Working in partnership with Harbourfront Centre, Dr. Nelly Ng, Chair of Can4Culture reflects that "Through culture, we are bonded, transcending national boundaries, fostering relations between the peoples of Canada and China."
China Now - Highlights at a Glance:
Music: Shanghai Restoration Project (NYC) blends Shanghai's swinging '20s with 21st-century electro-hip hop; folk music from across China's ethnic landscape including Inner Mongolian and Miao; Cantonese opera and more
Two musical world premiers: Asian Crossroads, featuring members of Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble, Wu Man and Haruka Fujii; Little Dragon Tales, melding the Shanghai Restoration Project's electronic music with traditional Chinese children's songs, featuring local Yip's Children's Choir (Canada)
Food Demonstrations: Noodlin' Around and Dumpling Duel
Dance: Little Pear Garden Collective present classic pieces with a modern twist
Chinese Artisan Village: amazing artisans and performers culled from across China, showcasing and discussing art and craft forms ranging from kite-making to folk song, puppetry to martial arts
Artist Talks: Dave Liang (Shanghai Restoration Project), Wu Man and Haruka Fujii on cross-cultural collaboration, creation and performance.
Suite Suite Chinatown: a cinematic exploration of the idea of 'Chinatown' with special live soundtrack created just for China Now
For additional information and complete event listings, please visit harbourfrontcentre.com or call the Information Hotline at 416-973-4000. Harbourfront Centre is located at 235 Queens Quay West in the heart of downtown Toronto's waterfront.