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“Experience China In Israel” Event Opens In Tel Aviv

Event Follows Other Recent Cultural Events And Partnerships In Germany And Belgium, And Upcoming Events In The United States

01617988Following China’s National Day celebrations earlier this month, a wave of cultural events have taken place — or are slated to take place — around the world. From China’s position as guest of honor at the Frankfurt Book Fair to the many included works of Chinese contemporary art at the Europalia-China art festival in Brussels (co-curated by premier Chinese artist Ai Weiwei), the last few weeks have given Western audiences a good opportunity to get up close and personal with several aspects of contemporary Chinese artistic culture.

This week, Chinese culture heads to the Middle East, where the “Experience China in Israel” cultural exchange event kicked off this weekend at the Tel Aviv Opera House. The event will feature performances, film screenings and photo exhibitions, and follows similar “Experience” events held in the past in Russia, South Korea, Germany and the U.S. From Xinhua:

The event, jointly held by the State Council Information Office of China and Israeli Foreign Ministry, is dedicated to the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China and the 17th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Composed of a series of activities including performances, photo exhibitions, a film week and a symposium on China, Israel and the world economy, the event, which began earlier this week and will conclude at the end of this month, is expected to allow the Israelis to see Chinese culture and China’s development and achievements over the past 60 years and promote Sino-Israeli friendship.

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Carnegie Hall’s ‘Ancient Paths, Modern Voices’ Festival Comes To Orange County, CA & NYC

Festival Will Bring Together Performing And Visual Arts, Music, And Film

Several top contemporary Chinese artists like Yue Minjun will be featured during Carnegie Hall's Ancient Paths, Modern Voices" festival later this month

Several top contemporary Chinese artists like Yue Minjun will be featured during Carnegie Hall's Ancient Paths, Modern Voices" festival later this month

This month is shaping up to be pretty exciting for China-watchers in Orange County, California and New York City, as Carnegie Hall presents a new festival celebrating Chinese culture, “Ancient Paths, Modern Voices.” Scheduled for both cities are a number of performances by top Chinese musicians, film screenings, contemporary Chinese art exhibitions and more. The festivals will take place from October 11 to November 24 in Orange County and from October 21–November 10 in New York. From a release:

“The immemorial culture of China has made itself felt throughout the world for many centuries-but its influence today is arguably more widespread, and more directly present, than at any other time in history,” stated Dean Corey, President and Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Society of Orange County. “That is the source of the richness and excitement of Ancient Paths, Modern Voices. The festival presents extraordinary expressions of the most venerable Chinese artistic traditions, then brings them into the here and now. This is Chinese culture in all its variety, from the deepest roots to the greenest branches.”

In New York, a number of partner organizations across the city will take part in the three-week festival, contributing venues as well as experts in the field of Chinese performing arts:

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Chinese Filmmaker Huang Jianxin to Head Asia Pacific Screen Awards

Producer/Director Appointed As President Of International Jury, To Be Held On Australia’s Gold Coast

Huang Jianxin is considered one of China's premier filmmakers, having established his reputation over the last 20 years

Huang Jianxin is considered one of China's premier filmmakers, having established his reputation over the last 20 years

Chinese filmmaker Huang Jianxin (The Black Cannon Incident, Transmigration), fresh off the huge domestic success of his blockbuster The Founding of a Republic, has been appointed President of the International Jury for the third annual Asia Pacific Screen Awards. The awards will be held on Australia’s Gold Coast on November 26. One of China’s elite group of “Fifth Generation” filmmakers — alongside juggernauts like Zhang Yimou and Chen Kaige — Huang has won more than 60 domestic and international awards over the last 20 years and is widely considered one of his country’s most influential producers and directors.

From a news release:

[APSA Chairman Des Power said,] “China’s films are renowned for the way in which they express their culture and their rich and informative history and in a year when China celebrates the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, it is timely that a Chinese filmmaker presides over our International Jury.”

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Bright Future Predicted For China’s Film Industry

Number Of Productions, Star Power Growing Annually On The Back Of Higher-Budget Blockbusters. Can Western Markets Be Next?

He Ping's historical action drama "Wheat" premieres this week at the Shanghai Film Festival. Photo © Xinhua

He Ping's historical action drama "Wheat" premieres this week at the Shanghai Film Festival. Photo © Xinhua

Yesterday, during a seminar at the 12th annual Shanghai Film Festival, critics predicted that the Chinese film industry would continue to grow regardless of the global economic downturn, driven by an increased demand for domestic films at home and the potental for broader distribution abroad. Although the domestic Chinese film industry has had issues since its infancy, due to censorship and underdeveloped licensing and production capabilities, in recent years the industry has become more sophisticated as production value has risen.

As the Shanghai Daily notes, the growing recognition abroad of Chinese talent, from well-known actors like Jackie Chan, Jet Li and Zhang Ziyi to newer talents like actress Fan Bingbing and director Ning Hao, could help propel the Chinese film industry to greater global appeal.

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