Every year during the period of the Chinese Spring Festival, one of China’s acclaimed traditional orchestras presents a sample of the colorful domestic musical tradition in the bouncing metropolises of the West. From the sounds of the horse-head fiddle from Inner Mongolia to the Cantonese melodies of the Gaohu. This year a committee of experts selected the China Traditional Orchestra Zhejiang to present traditional costumes, classical instruments and traditional and contemporary music from China during The Grand Chinese New Year Concert. On Sunday January 26th the orchestra, led by renowned conductor Zhang Lie, will take the listeners of the New Luxor Theatre in Rotterdam on a spectacular journey through the Chinese lands.
Chinese New Year @de Bijenkorf
De Bijenkorf at Dam 1 in Amsterdam celebrates the start of the Year of the Horse on 31 January from 15.00 till 18.00. The program contains among others:
- dragon- and liondances
- Chinese music
- tea ceremony by Tea’s Delight
Celebration in de Bijenkorf at Wagenstraat 32 in The Hague on 1 February from 14.00 till 17.00!
Chinese Lion Dance traditions
The start of Chinese New Year, the Year of the Horse, will be exuberantly celebrated on Saturday 1 February 2014 from 1pm to 3pm in Chinatown Amsterdam. Liu He Men (六合門) Kung Fu School, Stichting Chinatown and the Chinese businesses and business association of Chinatown Amsterdam initiated this Chinese New Year celebration to bring back this old tradition, that had been away for a couple of years. During this festive day people can enjoy breath-taking lion dances and get to know five forgotten symbols of the lion dance tradition, for example the “Seven Star” (七星伴月), the “Crab” (蟹青) and the “Snake” (蛇青).
Mongolian band Hanggai signs record
Legendary Mongolian band Hanggai signs record deal with Harlem Recordings
Baifang is to be released on February 7th
Raging like Djenghis Khan’s elite horde, Hanggai spreads the gospel of traditional Mongolian music accross the globe, arriving in Amsterdam on 15 February 2014.
I Phone You (愛封了)
Humor in the emerging Chinese media landscape
Thursday 16 January 2014, 8pm, De Balie in Amsterdam
China / Germany) is a romantic comedy film that views the Berlin society from Chinese perspective. The main characters in the film are played by Florian Lukas (GOODBYE, LENIN!) and Jiang Yiyan (REIGN OF ASSASSINS). The screening will be followed by a talkshow, which addresses the rise of Chinese comedy.
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Winter Solstice (冬至)
Eason’s LIFE in London
EASON’S LIFE has received rousing success since its launch at the Hong Kong Coliseum on 6th July 2013, and unexpected and overwhelming ticket demand had led local Hong Kong promoter to answer fans’ call for more shows, increasing his show performances from the initial 12, to 17, to 20, to 23, and lastly to the final count of 25 Sold Out shows held in Hong Kong alone over a month long period with a total of 250,000 visitors. One hundred shows are planned for this World Tour traveling from Hong Kong to Australia, USA, Canada, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, Macau, Europe and China. Tickets for his concerts in Bangkok, San Jose, Taipei and Kaoshiung are already sold out.
Even Eason himself was surprised at the huge demand his concert garnered and attributes his success to the immense support given by everyone. Eason points out that in today’s fast-paced society, everyone is so focused on their careers and the “big” things in life that they often neglect the many “small” things, “People of different age groups would have different life experiences. I hope that through the concert, everyone can realize the importance and value of the “small” things in life and invest more in finding out different meanings and significances in life.”