One More Thing

Wel­come to Your City!

City Weekend - - What's In It - Adam Rob­bins

We can try to hide it from our lit­tle eyes, but it’s clear: hazy skies are a big prob­lem for Bei­jing.

Kids are hit es­pe­cially hard as pol­lu­tion does its dirty work on their lit­tle lungs. It can feel over­whelm­ing for both chil­dren and con­cerned par­ents, but we don’t have to leave it to the ex­perts and we don’t have to feel help­less. The fourth an­nual Franco-Chi­nese Month of the En­vi­ron­ment brings some hope and lev­ity to this daunt­ing chal­lenge.

In Wel­come to Your City!—a fun-filled in­ter­ac­tive per­for­mance from L’Ivre de Contes— young au­di­ences are guided by two gifted sto­ry­tellers to find their role in the fu­ture of their city. Com­ing to us out of Paris, Ab­del­latif Targhaoui and Lin Lin lead a bilin­gual work­shop, per­for­mance, and “mimed con­fer­ence” in Chi­nese and French. Lit­tle ones with any flu­ency in ei­ther lan­guage—or the pa­tience to in­ter­pret the evoca­tive move­ments—will dis­cover the build­ing blocks they need to un­der­stand the chal­lenges ahead and how their lit­tle hands can help carry the bur­den.

No­body wants to think about cat­a­clysmic cli­mate change, dis­ap­pear­ing shore­lines, and the in­vis­i­ble dan­ger in our wa­ter and our air. But all that waits be­fore us, and even more for the gen­er­a­tions who will in­herit our world. Take the golden op­por­tu­nity pre­sented by the Franco Chi­nese Month of the En­vi­ron­ment, with their se­ries of art ex­hibits, con­fer­ences, per­for­mances, and in­ter­ac­tive work­shops, to re­gain a sense of hope for the work ahead. Only then can we, and the chil­dren we nur­ture, face the fu­ture with op­ti­mism. With chal­lenges this big, youth­ful cre­ativ­ity is just what we need. Check out all the events at www.faguowen­

Find it: Fri., Sep 15-Sat., Sep 16, La Plan­ta­tion, D Area, Art Base 1, Hegezhuang Vil­lage, ,D , 1 , , , Tel: 5166-1201

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