Hong Kong film Ten Years


TEN YEARS is an omnibus film, in which five directors show what life will be like in Hong Kong in ten years. One of the directors, Kwok Zune will join us at the screenings for live Q&As.

RW_Ten Years_5-minIt’s been almost 20 years since authority over Hong Kong passed from Britain to China. China promised not to interfere with Hong Kong’s liberal way of life, though eventually that’s exactly what the Chinese authorities did. Made on a shoestring budget, Ten Years comprises five short films by five directors in which they express their fears for the future in five stories all set in a rather dystopian 2025.

Political conspiracies, crime and murder (Zune Kwok’s Extras), the disappearance of the Hong Kong culture and language (Wong Fei-pang’s Season of the End and Jevons Au’s Dialect respectively), the recruitment of children for the secret police (Ng Ka-leung’s Local Egg) and performing the ultimate sacrifice (Chow Kwun-Wai’s Self-Immolator) – all subjects that perfectly reflect Hong Kong’s current zeitgeist. Authorities in Beijing were not amused and have imposed a high penalty on downloading and disseminating the film.

DE BALIE: TUE 23 AUG – 21.00h (with Q&A)
RIALTO: THU 25 AUG – 21.15h (with Q&A) | SAT 27 AUG – 19.00h (with Q&A)

Summer BBQ + film screening Inside the Chinese Closet


On Friday 22 July from 18:00 you can enjoy a summer cocktail and a lovely delicious BBQ with Asian flavors prepared for you by the chef of Volkshotel at Wibautstraat 150 in Amsterdam. At 20:00 the documentary INSIDE THE CHINESE CLOSET will be screened in the cosy DOKA. The documentary INSIDE THE CHINESE CLOSET follows Andy and Cherry in their search for love and happiness in bustling Shanghai. They are both homosexual, but hun families demands a heterosexual marriageand a child. Along the way, they clash with their parents’ hopes, their love partners and the partners of convenience. It is through these encounters that the film lays bare the challenges that confront gay people in China today.

Inside the Chinese Closet

Central Conservatory Junior Orchestra Beijing / 北京中央音乐学院青少年管弦乐团


Central-Conservatory-Junior-Orchestra-of-BeijingHet Conservatorium van Amsterdam werkt samen met een aantal toonaangevende muziekopleidingen wereldwijd, waaronder het Central Conservatory in Beijing. Aan dit muziekinstituut studeerden wereldberoemde artiesten als pianist Lang Lang en componist Tan Dun. Het jeugdsymfonieorkest van deze Chinese muziekopleiding speelt in het Muziekgebouw onder meer het geliefde Chinese vioolconcert Butterfly lovers. Solist is Siqing Lu, in 1987 winnaar van het prestigieuze Paganini-concours.

中国现代经典之梁祝 (梁山伯与祝英台)
阿姆斯特丹音乐学院跟世界上很多知名的音乐学院都有过合作,北京中央音乐学院是其中之一。北京中央音乐学院培养过许多世界著名的音乐家。比如钢琴家郎朗和作曲家谭盾。除了其他音乐,这所学院的青年交响乐团将会在阿姆斯特丹的比姆维斯音乐厅为大家奉上广受喜爱的中国小提琴协奏曲——梁祝。由吕思清 担任小提琴独奏,他在1987年获得过权威的Paganini-concours比赛的大奖。

De Chinese componisten Chen Gang en He Zhanhao schreven Butterfly lovers in 1958 naar een beroemde Chinese legende over twee geliefden die na de dood veranderen in vlinders. Tegenwoordig is het werk een van China’s grote moderne klassiekers, veelvuldig te horen in concertzalen én bij het kunstschaatsen. In dit concert klinkt ook een ouverture van de veelzijdige jonge Chinese componist Fay Wang en de blijmoedige Zevende symfonie van Ludwig van Beethoven.

梁祝由中国作曲家陈钢和何占豪创作于1958年。它的灵感来源于一个中国的传说:两个相爱的人在死后化成了蝴蝶。如今,已经成为了中国当代经典中最富盛名之一的作品,我们经常能在音乐厅中听到这个曲目,很多花样滑冰选手也把它作为自己比赛的背景音乐。在这场演奏会中,大家同样能听到中国年轻作曲家王斐南演奏的一个序曲及来自Ludwig van Beethoven的欢快的第七交响曲。

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Start-ups – Immigration solutions for high educated Chinese entrepreneurs


14 maart2After graduation, Chinese students may be eligible for the so-called “search year permit” that allows students to search for a job in the Netherlands. After this year, they have to apply for a new residence permit to continue their stay in the Netherlands. On the basis of a job with an employer the highly skilled migrant program may support a permit, however this does require finding a qualifying employer and meeting certain salary thresholds.

For those who want to start their own business, the recently implemented “Start-up permit” may provide a solution. This permit allows entrepreneurs to start their own business from scratch, provided that the product or service is innovative and certain other requirements are met.

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Rock by Chui Wan (吹万)



@Cinetol (Tolstraat 182, Amsterdam) on 18th of April from 8 pm

Chui Wan (吹万) is a four-piece experimental psychedelic rock band from Beijing, China. They get their name from Daoist philosopher Zhuangzi’s Qi Wu Lun (齐物论), a mystical work on inner sageliness and outer kingliness. Zhuangzi writes: “谓风吹万窍,发出各种音响” – “When the wind blows, every sound may be heard therein.”

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