The British Council launched the 2021 UK-China Contemporary Culture Festival on September 1. Titled #ReConnect, this year’s edition is a hybrid festival featuring work by leading British art and cultural organizations and artists via online and offline platforms, offering audiences in China an opportunity to reconnect with British art. Organized by the British Council, the UK’s international organization for cultural relations and educational 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:
#ReConnect with Community will share work from the UK that emphasizes the changing nature of community and talks from leading arts and cultural experts alongside knowledge-sharing events from dance and theatre producers. Selected highlights include:
#ReConnect with Self will focus on activities that explore mental health and well-being. Highlight projects include:
“At this time of limited travel, we are excited to bring once again 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 through unprecedented changes at this time, and arts and culture have the power to bring people together through presenting programs 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.
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