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Harbourfront Centre announces inaugural festival lineup for China Now – July 11-13

An unprecedented exploration of contemporary Chinese arts, culture and craft - featuring over 70 international artists and two world premier performances

TORONTO, ON (June 12, 2014) – Today, Harbourfront Centre announced its inaugural China Now festival, an unprecedented exploration of Chinese arts and culture taking place July 11-13. Presented by Manulife, in partnership with Can4Culture and China International Culture Association, working with the China Arts and Entertainment Group, supported by the Ministry of Culture, People's Republic of China, China Now explores the theme of artistic legacy through a multidisciplinary look at the country’s artistic traditions and trajectory.

With over 100 multidisciplinary artists venturing to Harbourfront Centre from China and other Chinese communities around the world, this festival will highlight the intersections that define and shape Chinese arts and culture inside and outside of the country. From live music to dance, food demonstrations to artisanal crafts and much more, China Now’s exciting and unprecedented lineup will provide festival patrons with an opportunity to experience a taste of contemporary Chinese arts and culture in one place. Harbourfront Centre is honoured to be the sole North American destination outside of the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage for this unprecedented showcase of Chinese culture.

“Though China’s history dates back five millennia, the country’s legacy is not confined by its past,” explains Rodrigo Fritz, senior artistic associate and project coordinator at Harbourfront Centre. “China’s modernity is so contemporary that it challenges the very idea of what ‘modern’ means. With China Now, we’re deconstructing preconceptions and investigating the diverse traditions, cultures and experiences of China and its people. We’re looking forward to kicking-off this inaugural festival, and hope that our patrons will take advantage of this unique opportunity to explore and engage with China’s multifaceted culture.”

“Manulife's history with China dates back over 115 years, and we’re continuing to develop our presence there to the fullest,” shares Rob Park, National VP, Asian Market & Living Benefit Sales, Retail Markets at Manulife. "Chinese arts and culture are cherished around the world and China Now gives Canadians an opportunity to discover a piece of China’s unique beauty.”

Working in partnership with Harbourfront Centre, Dr. Nelly Ng, Chair of Can4Culture reflects that "Through culture, we are bonded, transcending national boundaries, fostering relations between the peoples of Canada and China."

China Now – Highlights at a Glance:

  • Music: Shanghai Restoration Project (NYC) blends Shanghai’s swinging ’20s with 21st-century electro-hip hop; folk music from across China's ethnic landscape including Inner Mongolian and Miao; Cantonese opera and more
  • Two musical world premiers: Asian Crossroads, featuring members of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, Wu Man and Haruka Fujii; Little Dragon Tales, melding the Shanghai Restoration Project’s electronic music with traditional Chinese children’s songs, featuring local Yip's Children's Choir (Canada)
  • Food Demonstrations: Noodlin’ Around and Dumpling Duel
  • Dance: Little Pear Garden Collective present classic pieces with a modern twist
  • Chinese Artisan Village: amazing artisans and performers culled from across China, showcasing and discussing art and craft forms ranging from kite-making to folk song, puppetry to martial arts
  • Artist Talks: Dave Liang (Shanghai Restoration Project), Wu Man and Haruka Fujii on cross-cultural collaboration, creation and performance.
  • Suite Suite Chinatown: a cinematic exploration of the idea of ‘Chinatown’ with special live soundtrack created just for China Now

For additional information and complete event listings, please visit harbourfrontcentre.com or call the Information Hotline at 416-973-4000. Harbourfront Centre is located at 235 Queens Quay West in the heart of downtown Toronto’s waterfront.

For information about visiting Harbourfront Centre during the Queens Quay revitalization, visit harbourfrontcentre.com/gettinghere.

ABOUT HARBOURFRONT CENTRE
Harbourfront Centre is a Canadian charity operating the 10 prime acres of Toronto’s central waterfront as a free and open public site. We celebrate the multiplicities of cultures that comprise Canada and enliven the city through the creative imaginations of artists from across the country and around the globe.

ABOUT MANULIFE
Manulife is a leading Canada-based financial services group with principal operations in Asia, Canada and the United States. Clients look to Manulife for strong, reliable, trustworthy and forward-thinking solutions for their most significant financial decisions. Our international network of employees, agents and distribution partners offers financial protection and wealth management products and services to millions of clients. We also provide asset management services to institutional customers. Funds under management by Manulife and its subsidiaries were approximately C$635 billion (US$574 billion) as at March 31, 2014. Our group of companies operates as Manulife in Canada and Asia and primarily as John Hancock in the United States.

Manulife Financial Corporation trades as ‘MFC’ on the TSX, NYSE and PSE, and under ‘945’ on the SEHK. Manulife can be found on the Internet at manulife.com.

ABOUT THE CANADIAN FUND FOR INTERNATIONAL UNDERSTANDING THROUGH CULTURE (CAN4CULTURE)
The Canadian Fund for International Understanding through Culture (Can4Culture) aspires to strengthen global understanding through the shared experience of culture. Its vision is to bring people together, transcends differences, and celebrates connections. Its aim is to create opportunities for cultural collaboration that transcends national boundaries and cements mutually beneficial relationships for Canada. For more information on Can4Culture, please visit www.can4culture.ca

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MEDIA CONTACT
Chrissi Forte
Office: 416-973-4342 | Cell: 416-523-0018
cforte@harbourfrontcentre.com


CHINA NOW LINEUP


HIGHLIGHTS:

Shanghai Restoration Project
Saturday, July 12, 2014 from 9:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. – WestJet Stage
Inspired by Shanghai’s Swingin’ 1920s and ‘30s and led by the Emmy-winning producer Dave Liang, the New York-based Shanghai Restoration Project mixes elements of Chinese culture with electronica and hip hop to create a diverse multi-media performance. Featuring Zhang Le, the Shanghai songstress that celebrated conductor Tan Dun called “remarkable,” the group’s music is both steeped in the past, while providing the soundtrack to the “Chinese” (aka: 21st) Century. Leishan Miao Music and Dance Group (Guizhou Province, China)Sunday, July 13, 2014 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. – WestJet StageThis Miao group of singers, dancers, and lusheng players from Guizhou, China bring their rich heritage to Harbourfront Centre. The Miao, concentrated in southwestern Guizhou, are among the larger ethnic minority populations in China where the subgroups are identified by their dress – some by names referring to distinguishing embroidery motifs, such as “Big Flower Miao” and “Small Flower Miao”. The lusheng is a polyphonic wind instrument comprised of bamboo pipes and native to the region and to the Hmong and Dong populations of nearby Vietname and Laos.

Suite Suite Chinatown
Friday, July 11, 2014 from 9:00 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. – Redpath Stage
The ultimate intersection between East and West, Chinatown is where immigrant communities made a home, and where their host countries came face to face with the new arrivals. A multi-genre cinematic vision Suite Suite Chinatown turns to seven artistically diverse, award-winning Chinese-Canadian to answer the question: “What is your Chinatown?” Accompanied by a special cast of live musicians assembled specially for China Now, including Falling Line and Figalo (featuring members of the Worst Pop Band Ever), Suite Suite Chinatown is not simply a series of films: It’s an experience of a world where anything is possible and the unexpected becomes expected.

China Artisan Village
Friday, July 11 to Sunday, July 13, 2014 – Boulevard Tent and North Exhibition Common
Friday, July 11, 2014 from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 12, 2014 from 12 noon to 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 13, 2014 from 12 noon to 6:00 p.m.
Artisans from China will be on hand to demonstrate crafts ranging from paper-cutting to sachet and kite-making totextiles and porcelain.


MUSIC:

DJ Deep Fried Friday: DJ Rhythm & Hues
Friday, July 11, 2014 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. – Redpath Stage
For China Now, the Montreal-based Parker Mah a.k.a. DJ Rhythm & Hues digs deep into his collection for his take on the Now Sound of China. Every Friday night, we pair the hottest DJs with decadent deep-fried goodies: alongside DJ Rhythm & Hues, indulge in spring rolls from Taste of Asia.

Legacy of China
Friday, July 11, 2014 from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. – WestJet Stage
The Legacy of China, China Now's opening night showcase, offers a sampling of the many performing artists making the journey from China. Over the course of the weekend, these performers will join the dozens of artists appearing throughout the site showcasing a variety of art forms, giving audiences a taste of the breadth and depth of China's artistic legacy.

Wu Man & Haruka Fujii: Asian Crossroads
Friday, July 11, 2014 from 9:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. – WestJet Stage
China and Japan share a rich cultural history that can be traced back more than a thousand years. Both societies share many musical traditions and influences and have similar styles and performance practices. For "Asian Crossroads,” Chinese pipa virtuoso Wu Man and Japanese percussionist Haruka Fujii, fellow members of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, perform fresh takes on works from their respective native lands, and create a new form beyond borders.

Ih Tsetsn Ensemble (Inner Mongolia, China)
Saturday, July 12, 2014 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. – WestJet Stage
The members of Ih Tsetsn work to sustain Mongolian musical traditions, including khoomei (throat singing) and “long song,” two forms recognized by UNESCO as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. But while steeped in tradition – musical and more: several of the members still return to their native Inner Mongolia to herd and farm - they are committed to bringing the music forward, touring internationally and among China’s nascent live-music scene.

Starlight Chinese Opera Performing Arts Centre
Saturday, July 12, 2014 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. – Redpath Stage
Saturday, July 12, 2014 from 2:45 pm to 3:15 p.m. – Ontario Square
The Starlight Chinese Opera Performing Arts Centre is a registered non-profit organization with the objective to maintain and preserve our heritage –Chinese Opera in Canada. They will perform an excerpt from their play Little Shepherd, followed by a special workshop where they will explain some signature movements in the show, highlight some features of Cantonese Chinese Opera performance, and teach audiences some actions and skills.

Hua’er Songs (Gansu & Qianghi Province, China)
Saturday, July 12, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. – Redpath Stage
Hua’er, a song genre that is shared among many different ethnicities in China and this trio brings together members of Huangzhong Country, Qinghai Province and Gansu Province.

Spire
Saturday, July 12, 2014 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Redpath Stage
Spire sets out to create a musical fusion of classical and pop music from both East and West, with a lineup of seven musicians playing a combination of Western (piano, drums, violin, cello) and Chinese (pipa, dizi, erhu) instruments.

Silk and Bamboo Ensemble
Saturday, July 12, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. – Ontario Square, 6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. – North Orchard
Sunday, July 13, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., & 3:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.– North Orchard, & 5:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. – Ontario Square
Comprised of four young talented instrumentalists, Silk and Bamboo artfully brings traditional Chinese music into the 21st century, with a repertoire of Chinese traditional and modern music performed by Wendy Zhou (Pipa), Amely Zhou (Erhu), Lipeng Wu (Dizi) and Ken Yang (keyboard).

Make It by Steely Chan
Saturday, July 12, 2014 from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. – WestJet Stage
The Chan brothers, who perform as both No Luck Club and Steely Chan, employ a wide-ranging musical arsenal to create beat-driven soundscapes that are equal parts kung-fu cult-cinema soundtrack and a late night on Richmond St, combining turntable improvisation, sample-based rhythms and musical traditions Eastern and Western. “Make It,” based on the monthly live series they ran, is at once a live remix, mashup and showcase inspired by the Chans’ experiences with the spontaneous jam sessions uniting various performers on the western Canadian folk-festival circuit. The show features a cast of artists from across the local electronic scene with the Chan brothers at the helm.

Quanzhou Puppet Troupe (Fujian Province, China)
Saturday, July 12, 2014
The Quanzhou puppet is an elaborate folk handicraft produced in Quanzhou of Fujian Province. Way back in the late Tang Dynasty, puppet shows were introduced into Quanzhou and became widely-spread among the people in the Song Dynasty.

Qiang Polyphonic Singing (Sichuan Province, China)
Sunday, July 13, 2014 from 12 noon to 1:00 p.m. – Redpath Stage
Qiang Folk songs rely on polyphonic singing to illuminate the history, legends and stories that the songs focus on. Zewang Renqing and Geluo Zhaxi learned singing with their parents, while herding cattle and farming. At the Festival, Zewang Renqing and Geluo Zhaxi will be joined by their wives to re-create song/dance repertoires associated with local wine parties.

Flower-Drum Lantern (Anhui Province, China)
Sunday, July 13, 2014 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. – Redpath Stage
Dubbed the "Ballet of the East", the "Flower-Drum Lantern" or Hua gu deng is a representative folk dance of East China's Anhui Province. Having originated in the Huaihe River Valley and having thrived in more than 20 nearby counties, the "Flower-Drum Lantern", we are honoured to have Yue Ying and Guo Yujie performing this great tradition.

Little Dragon Tales
Sunday, July 13, 2014 from 2:00 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. – Redpath Stage
While the Shanghai Restoration Project is well-known and -admired for their club-friendly electronic music, producer Dave Liang has also made music for the whole family: For the album Little Dragon Tales, the New York-based Liang collaborated with the GTA’s own Yip's Children's Choir (Canada), for modern twists on traditional Chinese children’s songs – a rare remix album aimed at parents and their children. For their performance at Harbourfront Centre, the Yip's Children's Choir (Canada) and Dave Liang perform live together for the first time ever.


DANCE:

Little Pear Garden Collective
Saturday, July 12, 2014 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. – Redpath Stage
Chinese classical dance incorporates not only the geographical vastness of the Chinese territory, but the diversity of the various dynasties into its movement and evolution. Little Pear Garden Collective will present a collage of dance pieces from across the Silk Road and spanning several thousand years, offering a glimpse into the kinds of amazing performances formerly enjoyed only by imperial audiences.


FOOD:

Food Competition: Dumpling Duel
Friday, July 11, 2014 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. – South Orchard Tent
These perfect parcels of savoury goodness battle for your palate's affections at this year's Dumpling Duel. From Cantonese dumplings to the heartier bao of northern China, experience a variety of takes on the dish. Come watch, or better yet, purchase a platter and vote to crown the winner of our first-ever Dumpling Duel. Competitors include Vanessa Yeung (Chef/Owner of Aphrodite Cooks), Carol Mark (chef at The Love of Tea), Florence Kwok and Season 1 Chopped Canada Champion Nicholas Wong.

Food Demonstrations: Noodlin’ Around
Saturday, July 12 to Sunday, July 13, 2014 – South Orchard Tent
A staple of many of China’s regional cuisines, noodles come in all shapes, sizes and flavours. Witness Toronto’s top chefs explore the breadth of noodling possibilities, from traditional takes to modern reinventions.

World Café:
Friday July 11 – Sunday, July 13, 2014 – World Café
Friday, July 11, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 12, 2014 from 12 noon to 11:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 13, 2014 from 12 noon to 7:00 p.m.
Enjoy our many World Café vendors this weekend!


CRAFT:

Paper Cuttings (Shaanxi Province, China)
Friday, July 11 to Sunday, July 13, 2014 – Boulevard Tent
Friday, July 11, 2014 from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 12, 2014 from 12 noon to 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 13, 2014 from 12 noon to 6:00 p.m.
The art of paper cutting (jianzhi) creates patterns that may symbolize the ideas of blessedness, luck and fortune or be representative the artists’ regional cultures. Communities throughout China make paper cuttings as household decorations and for display during celebratory occasions. People typically hang them from doors and windows; and they may also use them as patterns for textile embroidery. The artists participating in this program are from Shaanxi Province and represent the northern style, which is characterized by bold designs that contrast the fine and delicate lines of the southern style.

New Years Print-Making (Tianjin, China)
Friday, July 11 to Sunday, July 13, 2014 – Boulevard tent
Friday, July 11, 2014 from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 12, 2014 from 12 noon to 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 13, 2014 from 12 noon to 6:00 p.m.
Originating in the Ming dynasty, this technique of woodblock printing and hand-painting creates a beautiful piece of artwork that is traditionally hung on doorways during the New Year to bring good luck. Yangliuqing, a region southeast of Beijing, is the home to the best-known New Year’s prints in China and to the Yangliuqing New Year’s Print Workshop, the government-sponsored entity where the three Festival participants work.

Dough Modeling (Beijing, China)
Friday, July 11 to Sunday, July 13, 2014 – Boulevard tent
Friday, July 11, 2014 from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 12, 2014 from 12 noon to 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 13, 2014 from 12 noon to 6:00 p.m.
A tradition dating back more than two thousand years, dough sculpture remains popular today. Skilled artists can shape small intricate sculptures in a matter of minutes with their hands, scissors, small knives and pointed sticks.

Clay Figurines (Tianjin, China)
Friday, July 11 to Sunday, July 13, 2014 – Boulevard tent
Friday, July 11, 2014 from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 12, 2014 from 12 noon to 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 13, 2014 from 12 noon to 6:00 p.m.
Tainjin Zhang clay figurines are some of the most recognizable and famous clay arts in China. These clay figures are made by manually kneading and craving the clay into detailed animal or human characters

Sachet Maker (Gansu Province, China)
Friday, July 11 to Sunday, July 13, 2014 – Boulevard tent
Friday, July 11, 2014 from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 12, 2014 from 12 noon to 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 13, 2014 from 12 noon to 6:00 p.m.
With its detailed embroidery and elegant shapes, Qingyang sachets, also known as fragrant pouches or chu chu (hidden stitch) represent blessing of good luck, happiness and are used to avoid illnesses, and evil spirits.

Kite Making (Beijing, China)
Saturday, July 12 to Sunday, July 13, 2014 – North Exhibition Commons
Saturday, July 12, 2014 from 12 noon to 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 13, 2014 from 12 noon to 6:00 p.m.
Invented in China, kites were traditionally made from bamboo and silk. Kites which have historically been used to send messages are now used as a recreational activity coming in all shapes and sized. Zhang Wenzhi will be demonstrating Nanton Shaokou kites, when put up into the air, they create different pitches, sometimes called “symphony in the sky”.

Bohai Mohe Embroidery (Heilongjiang Province, China)
Saturday, July 12 to Sunday, July 13, 2014 – North Exhibition Commons
Saturday, July 12, 2014 from 12 noon to 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 13, 2014 from 12 noon to 6:00 p.m.
Bohai Mohe embroidery comes from a long tradition among the Bohai people. Characterized by the special tussah silk and the triangular stitching, Bohai Mohe Embroidery has become popular as gifts.

Su Embroidery (Zhejiang Province, China)
Saturday, July 12 to Sunday, July 13, 2014 – North Exhibition Commons
Saturday, July 12, 2014 from 12 noon to 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 13, 2014 from 12 noon to 6:00 p.m.
Su Embroidery, famous for its beautiful designs, varied stitches, superb workmanship and elegant colors, is named for Suzhou, the centre of the country’s silk trade and famous for its Venice-like canal system and classical gardens. Displayed as decorative wall hangings, Su embroidery is sustained through formal training programs and commercial industry.

Miao Embroidery (Guizhou Province, China)
Saturday, July 12 to Sunday, July 13, 2014 – North Exhibition Commons
Saturday, July 12, 2014 from 12 noon to 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 13, 2014 from 12 noon to 6:00 p.m.
Working with silk and cotton thread as well as horsehair, embroiderers adorn cuffs, sleeves, collars and tunic fronts with designs such as fantastical animals, flowers, fish, insects and more. The designs are not simply decorative; they also record daily life, important life-cycle events and community legends and history.

Batik and Botanic Dyes (Guizhou Province, China)
Saturday, July 12 to Sunday, July 13, 2014 – North Exhibition Commons
Saturday, July 12, 2014 from 12 noon to 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 13, 2014 from 12 noon to 6:00 p.m.
Batik and Botanic Dyes will be presented by Dr. Yang an executive member of China Ethnic Minority Clothing Research Association who has specifically researched ethnic botanic dyeing techniques.

Qiang Embroidery (Sichuan Province, China)
Saturday, July 12 to Sunday, July 13, 2014 – North Exhibition Commons
Saturday, July 12, 2014 from 12 noon to 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 13, 2014 from 12 noon to 6:00 p.m.
Qiang embroiderers work primarily with cotton threads, as well as silk, using 16 types of stitches to shape vivid, bright patterns representing local flora, fauna, and daily activities on clothes and household textiles.

Patchwork (Heilongjian Province, China)
Saturday, July 12 to Sunday, July 13, 2014 – North Exhibition Commons
Saturday, July 12, 2014 from 12 noon to 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 13, 2014 from 12 noon to 6:00 p.m.
Patchwork is not only functional in its role covering up holes in clothing and adding warm layers, but has become an art form of its own. According to legend, patches sewn on children’s clothing would bestow happiness and health upon them. A wide variety of items in China, from bags to bedding, cushions, and more, feature patchwork, and the form is practiced by more than half of China’s ethnic minorities.

Porcelain (Jiangxi Province, China)
Saturday, July 12 to Sunday, July 13, 2014 – North Exhibition Commons
Saturday, July 12, 2014 from 12 noon to 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 13, 2014 from 12 noon to 6:00 p.m.
Porcelain, derived from kaolin, a soft, white clay, is distinctive for its whiteness and translucence, a result of firing at extremely high temperatures. Jingde in Jiangxi Province has been the centre of porcelain production since at least the 11th century. Today, the city’s ceramic industry includes electronic and construction ceramic factories alongside the old family kilns, such as the hundred-year-old Sungong Kiln, which is represented at the Festival by Sun Lixin, the kiln’s current overseer.

Lusheng Making (Guizhou Province, China)
Saturday, July 12 to Sunday, July 13, 2014 – North Exhibition Commons
Saturday, July 12, 2014 from 12 noon to 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 13, 2014 from 12 noon to 6:00 p.m.
The polyphonic strains of the lusheng are common accompaniments to rituals, festivals, and dances of several ethnic communities in southwest China. The lusheng is a mouth organ made of bamboo pipes—each fitted with a metal reed—that are connected to a blowing tube made of hardwood.


OTHER:

People’s Park in Ontario Square
Saturday, July 12 to Sunday, July 13, 2014 – Ontario Square
Saturday, July 12, 2014 from 12 noon to 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 13, 2014 from 12 noon to 6:00 p.m.
People’s Park brings park life, Chinese style, to the heart of Toronto’s waterfront. Parks play an important role in the life of every Chinese city, town and village, which is why just about every populated area across the country is home to a People’s Park. For China Now, we turn Ontario Square into our own People’s Park with performances and activities for the whole family.

People’s Park: Table Tennis
Saturday, July 12 to Sunday, July 13, 2014 – Ontario Square
Saturday, July 12, 2014 from 12 noon to 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 13, 2014 from 12 noon to 6:00 p.m.
Table tennis is one of the most popular sports in China and, for a short time, will be available at Harbourfront Centre in our very own People’s Park. Join us and show off your skills in this incredibly fun game.

People’s Park: Xiangqi (Chinese Chess)
Saturday, July 12 to Sunday, July 13, 2014 – Ontario Square
Saturday, July 12, 2014 from 12 noon to 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 13, 2014 from 12 noon to 6:00 p.m.
Join the Toronto Xiangqi Association in playing the traditional game of Xiangqi, also known as Chinese chess. All ages and skill level are welcome to join this exciting and ancient game in Harbourfront Centre’s People’s Park.


FAMILY:

Imagination Aloft: Chinese Kite Making
Saturday, July 12 to Sunday, July 13, 2014 – North Exhibition Commons
Saturday, July 12, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 13, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Have you ever wanted to fly high in the sky? You may not be able to, but you can make something beautiful that can! Come to the North Exhibition Commons tent to make exciting kites, inspired by our visiting kite-making artists.

Chinese Zodiac Paper Cuttings Making
Saturday, July 12 to Sunday, July 13, 2014 – HarbourKIDS Zone
Saturday, July 12, 2014 from 12 noon to 8 p.m.
Sunday, July 13, 2014 from 12 noon to 6 p.m.
Jianzhi is a traditional style of paper cutting in China that has been practiced since the 6th century. Come and create your own cuttings—use a template or try your scissor skills at free-handed design.


LEARNING:

Tai Chi with Beijing Sports University’s Li Qiaoling (Beijing, China)
Saturday. July 12, 2014 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.– Redpath Stage
Watch and learn as fifth-generation master Li Qiaoling and students demonstrate their award wining Tai Chi skills.

Artist Talk: Dave Liang, Wu Man and Haruka Fujii
Dave Liang (Shanghai Restoration Project) has worked with traditional American and Chinese musicians, Japanese pop singers, rappers, Chinese animators and more; while Wu Man and Haruka Fujii on their own and with a range of collaborators, bridge East and West, and classical and contemporary.

Artist Talks: Various
Throughout the duration of China Now, each visiting artisan will explore their craft through an interactive public lecture followed by a Q&A session with the public. The following Artist Talks are subject to change; please visit harbourfrontcentre.com/summer/chinanow to secure the most up-to-date programming schedule.

Artist Talk: Sachet
Friday, July 11, 2014 from 8:00 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. – Boulevard Tent

Artisit Talk: Clay Figurines
Friday, July 11, 2014 from 9:00 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. – Boulevard Tent

Artist Talk: Hua’er Folk Song
Saturday, July 12, 2014 from 12 noon to 12:45 p.m. – Boulevard Tent

Artist Talk: Paper Cutting
Saturday, July 12, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. – Boulevard Tent

Artist Talk: Batik and Botanic Dyes
Saturday, July 12, 2014 from 2:00 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. - Boulevard Tent

Artist Talk: Ih Tsetsn Ensemble
Saturday, July 12, 2014 from 4:00 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. – Boulevard Tent

Artist Talk: New Year Print Making
Saturday, July 12, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. – Boulevard Tent

Artist Talk: Embroidery
Saturday, July 12, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. – Boulevard Tent

Artist Talk: Patch/Quilting and Dyes
Saturday, July 12, 2014 from 7:00 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. – Boulevard Tent

Artist Talk: Kite Making
Sunday, July 13, 2014 from 12 noon to 12:45 p.m. – Boulevard Tent

Artist Talk: Flower-Drum Lantern
Sunday, July 13, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. – Boulevard Tent

Artist Talk: Qiang Polyphonic Singing
Sunday, July 13, 2014 from 2:00 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. – Boulevard Tent

Artist Talk: Pottery & Porcelain
Sunday, July 13, 2014 from 3:00 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. – Boulevard Tent

Artist Talk: Dough Modeling
Sunday, July 13, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. – Boulevard Tent


FILM:

Film Screening: People’s Park
Saturday, July 12, 2014 from 9:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. – North Orchard
A mesmerizing, one-of-a-kind window into modern China, People’s Park is a 78-minute single-shot documentary that immerses viewers in an unbroken journey through Chengdu’s People’s Park. The film explores the dozens of moods, rhythms, and pockets of performance coexisting in tight proximity within the park’s prismatic social space, capturing waltzing couples, mighty sycamores, karaoke singers, buzzing cicadas and more. A sensory meditation on cinematic time and space, People’s Park offers a fresh gaze at public interaction, leisure and self-expression in China, and a live soundtracking by members of the Toronto Chinese Orchestra brings the experience closer to home.


SHOPPING:

Lake View Market
Friday July 11 – Sunday, July 13, 2014 - Lake View Market
Friday, July 11, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 12, 2014 from 12 noon to 11:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 13, 2014 from 12 noon to 7:00 p.m.
Enjoy our many Lake View Market vendors this weekend!


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