The Small Town – A Modern Chinese Theatre

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SAVE THE DATE! 23th April 🇧🇪 & 26th April 🇳🇱

Proudly announcing  our new project: the national award-winning Theatre & Xiqu performance (Huai Opera) The Small Town. 1st time showcasing its international version at DeLaMar Theater in Amsterdam & De Nieuwe Vrede in Antwerp in April!

Read more & buy your tickects at www.thesmalltown.eu.

China Arts Newspaper ★★★★★

“This modern Huai Opera accented the characters with ‘thick and heavy Chinese ink colours’… This performance is like a ballad with Chinese virtues and core socialist values & characteristics…”

Beijing International Canal Arts Festival

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Floating Feather is invited by the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Culture and Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, to join the Beijing International Canal Arts Festival on the 2nd and 3rd October 2018, during the celebrated Golden Week. Hans van Koolwijk, Ruth Legg and Hannah McDonald form the Dutch Pavilion exhibiting in Beijing during this time.

Floating Feather curated the show Dutch Pavilion Floating Feather x Artists (荷兰人气馆 羽  x 艺术家 in Chinese) to showcase the diversity and creativity of the charming and international city of Amsterdam. Bringing design straight from the canal district, a vibrant part of Amsterdam’s art scene, with artwork representing the inherited and re-invented craftsmanship that this city cherishes.

For the show, Floating Feather will focus on both current and past stories that have inhabited the beautiful and historical Amsterdam canals. Featured in the show will be Ruth Legg’s contemporary video arts, alongside historic black and white photographs from Amsterdam City Archives, to be appreciated side by side by the local Beijing visitors.

The Dutch Pavilion Floating Feather x Artists will also be included in the official program of Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands during Beijing Design Week 2018.

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私访荷兰最新私人美术馆系列一: 一个不愿被暴露在大众面前的荷兰私人收藏家

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Delden,一个在荷兰东部的小城,开车再向东开15分钟左右就会到达德意志共和国了。这个平时平静得被荷兰人都忽略的地方,在过去的一年里,似乎有些不太“安宁”。 一个全新的私人美术馆正在紧张筹备中,Museum No Hero(中文直译:无英雄美术馆),一个似乎与这个小城不太匹配的时髦又冷酷的名字将会成为这个三百多年建筑的新身份,还有那些蠢蠢欲动的艺术品们。这个背负着五个世纪与五大洲艺术品,讲诉这这个博物馆长希尔特·斯坦恩麦尔的私人旅程的圣地,即将在今年四月中旬向大众开放。这也是在这几年里,第三个在荷兰(即将)开业的不靠政府资助,自负盈亏的私人美术馆。

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An introduction to Chinese Kun Opera

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To celebrate International Women’s Day, the Embassy of China in the Netherlands and China Cultural Center Den Haag hosted a special event about Chinese Kun Opera for a group of international women. The beautiful photo exhibition on Kun Opera will last till the end of March 2018. I was honored to give a special guided tour and like to share a brief overview of Kun Opera with you in this article.

Kun Opera is one of the oldest and most refined styles of traditional Chinese theatre performed today. It is the origin of all Chinese operas. According to the western and oriental definition of art form, Kun Opera can be seen as a combination of drama, opera, ballet, poetry recital, mime, farce, and more forms of art. Some of these art forms go back to the third century B.C. or even earlier. Kun Opera came into existence when a group of people gathered on the street and started making their own songs and plays.

(Featured photo by Mr. Huang Hongchang, Deputy Director, China Cultural Center Den Haag and Zhejiang Kun Opera Troupe)

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Five Interviews with Chinese Intangible Cultural Heritage Inheritors in China Cultural Center Den Haag

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Chinese New Year is the MOST important festival in China which is accompanied by dragon dances, Dumpling/Jiaozi Making, CCTV Gala, decorative paper-cutting, fireworks and more. Each region, province or family has its own traditions and beliefs around how the Lunar new year should be celebrated. Great food, temple visit, Lantern Festival visit and family visit are what many Chinese people do during the golden week in January or February.

On the 19th of February 2018, China Cultural Center Den Haag welcomes 130 visitors and special guests. The programs consists of 5 Intangible Cultural Heritage workshops, food and drinks, speeches and one China-themed performance.

Invitation & Programs China Cultural Center Den Haag

I had the honor to interview these five inheritors who are i.e. the fifth generation of a master for one specific art form/technique. What are the 5 Intangible Cultural Heritages? What makes these particular forms of art interesting? What are the history behind them?

5 videos will be released soon… It is a collaboration with China Cultural Center Den Haag and Moments4Us. We also extend our appreciation to Aitao and Jiangsu Province, China.

 

 

Kevin Kwan’s new book launch and Film Crazy Rich Asians

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CRTV (Hong Tong Wu and Miki Dai) attended the book launch of Kevin Kwan (关凯文) at Lloyd Hotel in Amsterdam. Kevin Kwan was mentioned as the ‘5 Most Powerful Authors to watch‘ by Hollywood Reporter Magazine in 2016. Next year, The Hunger Games’ producer Nina Jacobson’s Color Force will present a historical full Asian-Cast film ‘Crazy Rich Asians‘ (based on the same title by Kevin Kwan) in Hollywood with the distribution partner, Warner Brothers.

Read the Chinese article and listen to the interview in English on www.crtv.nl

 

The summer of 2017, Shanghai

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Cashless Payment: WeChat Pay v.s. AliPay

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WeChat Pay and Alipay are the two dominant mobile payment players in China. Mobile payment replaced cash or bank card payment about two years ago throughout 1st and 2nd-tier cities in China. It has been accepted widely from breakfast vendors on the street to international unisex casual-wear brands, Uniqlo. WeChat Pay, owned by Tencent, supports transfers on both ways. An individual can also receive money from other contacts or pay for the sharing bike rental fee from OfO (Xiao Huang Che) after scanning the QR code on the bike. According to Tencent, Alipay which is owned by Alibaba Group, lost his dominance in online payment in China since 2017. The introduction of one feature Red Envelope (Hong Bao) by Wechat enables virtual Red Envelope transfers between Wechat contacts for the Chinese New Year. However, WeChat Pay and Alipay are both going strong despite of the fact that Baidu and Sina launched similar features recently. It is now also a good way for the locals to spot non-locals by looking at whether they use mobile payment or by cash.

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TangGuo in Europe

Will TangGuo 棠果 succeed AirBNB and Booking.com?

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More and more young, high educated Chinese tourists are visiting the Netherlands. Not in large groups, but travelling individually and off the beaten path. More over, it is expected that within 5 years over half a million Chineses tourists will visit the Netherlands yearly. Tangguo, a online travel platform with over 3.5 million members already, sees this trend as well and recently opened their first European office in The Hague.

At a grand ceremony in the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Tangguo presented their plans for the future. Miki Dai interviewed the CEO of Tangguo, Dongzhe Jin, and one of the investors, Jungqing Lu.

Listen or read the inverview at www.crtv.nl.

We Are Public Miki Dai

Cultural Optimist: We Are Public Marketing Campaign

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Miki proudly participated in the creative photo shoot for We Are Public as a ‘Cultural Optimist’. The photo is part of a nation-wide marketing campaign in The Netherlands.

We Are Public is a cultural membership pass which allows the members to get unlimited access to the best art & culture in some Dutch cities with a monthly contribution of  € 15. The big part of the contribution goes to the artists directly.

We Are Public is born in Amsterdam in 2015. Soon after it became active in Den Haag. And in May, Tilburg, Eindhoven, Den Bosch, Breda and Helmond participated in this initiative. The partners of We Are Public consist of the most prestigious museums, festivals, theaters and film houses such as The Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Holland Festival, Amsterdam City Theater and EYE Film Museum.