China Now to showcase arts
An unprecedented exploration of contemporary Chinese arts, culture and craft featuring over 70 international artists and two world premier performances are scheduled for the China Now festival on July 11-13.
China Now explores the country’s artistic legacy through a multidisciplinary look at its artistic traditions. The festival will be presented by Manulife Financial in partnership with the Canadian Fund for International Understanding through Culture (Can4Culture) and China International Culture Association working with the China Arts and Entertainment Group that is supported by China’s Ministry of Culture.
“This first ever China show will bring in over 100 artists to the Harbourfront Centre in Toronto and it will highlight the exchange that defines and shapes Chinese arts and culture inside and outside of the country,” Dr Nelly Ng, chairwoman of Can4Culture told China Daily.
“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,” said Qin Wenhuan, vice-president of China Performing Arts Agency.
William J. S. Boyle, CEO of Harbourfront Centre, said: “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,” explained 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.”
Fritz said they are 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”.
Rob Park, national vicepresident of Retail Markets at Manulife, said he’s glad to support China Now, which creates opportunities for cross-cultural exchanges and provide Canadians with an opportunity to discover a piece of China’s unique beauty.
“With the common goals of pursuing a peaceful and better world, we have been making every effort together to strengthen the understanding and friendship between our two peoples,” said Li Dongwen, Minister Counselor on Cultural Affairs, Chinese Embassy to Canada.
Qin Wenhuan (centre in front row), vice-president of China Performing Arts Agency alongside William J.S. Boyle (left), CEO of Harbourfront Centre, Nelly Ng (right), chairwoman of Can4Culture show the logo of the China Now festival. In the back row is Li Dongwen, Minister Counselor on Cultural Affairs, Chinese Embassy to Canada and Xu Wei (center in back) Chinese Deputy Counsel General in Toronto.