Come and celebrate Chinese New Year with me at Chinese Late at Horniman Museum and Gardens in South London on Thurs 26 February 2015 from 630 – 930pm. Dennis Lee (guzheng, xiao) and I will be performing in the Gallery Square, there’s dance by Yuyu Rau, secret UV art by Aowen Jin and other performances, plus a chance to check out the Memories of China exhibition by Ming-Ai (London) Institute British Chinese Workforce Heritage. Tickets are £5 bookings. Come and say hi! x
Horniman Museum and Gardens, 100 London Road, Forest Hill, London, SE23 3PQ. Overground: Forest Hill. Directions
Celebrate the Year of the Sheep with a contemporary twist and discover how Chinese culture has inspired artists around the world.
The Horniman presents a night of cutting-edge art installations, films and performances showcasing modern Chinese culture in the UK today.
Music by Liz Chi Yen Liew
6.30-7, 7.30-8 & 8.30-9pm – Gallery Square
Liz Liew and Dennis Lee present a charismatic blend of Chinese contemporary rhythms and melodies, combining traditional Chinese pieces and more upbeat compositions and blending classical instruments (xiao, guzheng) with electronics on piano and violin.
Art by Aowen Jin
6.30-9.30pm – Music Gallery Performance Space
Grab a UV torch and explore a secret gallery of Aowen Jin’s work. For one night only, her exhibition i18n features traditional Chinese painting, invisible to the naked eye but exposed under UV light, with the descriptions written both in Chinese and Unicode, the coding system allowing Chinese characters to be transmitted over the web.
Dance by Yuyu Rau
7.10-7.20, 8.10-8.20 & 9.10-9.20pm – Gallery Square
Watch Chinese ribbon dance meet Western contemporary dance. Since 2008, choreographer Yuyu Rau has been experimenting with the languages of British contemporary dance and Chinese classical dance, opposing and combining the cultures and aesthetics of East and West.
Art installation by Gayle Chong Kwan
6.30-9.30pm – Conservatory
6.45-7, 7.45-8 & 8.45-9pm – Artist’s presentation of the work
Gayle Chong Kwan creates fantastical landscapes and environments made out of arrangements of found materials. In Wastescape, an art installation made of used plastic milk bottles, she encourages the visitor to reconsider the role of waste in everyday life, alongside sound recordings reflecting on urban development and waste.
Animation by London School of Communication
6.30-9.30pm – Hands on Base
Discover twenty short animation films created by students of London School of Communication, reflecting on Chinese New Year’s traditions and contemporary culture.
Display: Memories of China
6.30-9.30pm – Gallery Square
Learn more about the lives and experiences of Chinese migrants in the UK in the early 20th century with this selection of objects, artworks and videos.Other activities will include tours, films, spoken word and more.
Food & drink
You can also try street food on the Conservatory terrace, enjoy a Chinese menu in the Horniman Café, or visit one of our cocktails bars.