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22 October - 13 December 2008, Beijing and beyond

The 2008 autumn season in Beijing promises to be significant, eventful and vibrant for the relations between the Netherlands and China. "Close Encounters - Dutch on Stage" is conceived as a rich and diverse program of activities to celebrate and showcase co-operations between Chinese and Dutch partners.

A pivotal part of the program consists of a series of top music performances from the Netherlands in the National Centre of Performing Arts in Beijing. The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra from Amsterdam, the Nieuw Ensemble and the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century will consecutively bring a varied set of music performances from November 4 to November 14.

Designers and teachers from the Central Academy of Fine Arts have curated and organised an exhibition on Dutch graphic design. The aim is to display Dutch contemporary design ideas, methods, processes, the status and influence and relationship between design and surroundings of the Dutch society to designers and enthusiasts in China through a multi-dimensional approach. There is an exhibition touring to Chengdu, Beijing, Shenzhen and Shanghai, with attached a series of forums and workshops. This culminates in a Dutch focus on the Hong Kong Business of Design Week in December 2008.

The collaboration between Dutch choreographer Anouk Van Dijk and the Beijing Modern Dance Company, the double bill Women of the World, will be on show for the first time in Beijing in the first week of December, after an extensive tour in the Netherlands.

Meanwhile, conceptual artist Ni Haifeng exhibits in Joyart Space, while a special restoration project is be finalised this fall: the Dutch restoration of the portrait of Chinese Empress Cixi painted by Dutch painter Hubert Vos in the Summer Palace in Beijing more than 100 years ago.

Ongoing till 30/11

Exhibition by Ni Haifeng - Return of the Shreds, Joyart Space, 798, Beijing


Vos' Cixi Portrait Painting Restoration Project, Summer Palace, Beijing


19:30 Concert by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, National Centre of Performing Arts, Beijing


19:30 Concert by the Nieuw Ensemble, National Centre of Performing Arts, Beijing


19:30 Concert by the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, National Centre of Performing Arts, Beijing

2 - 21/11

Opening 2/11 at 16:00

Exhibition: Social Energy - Contemporary Communication Design from the Netherlands, Today Art Museum, Beijing


International Academic Conference - Fifty years of Joris Ivens and China, Art and Media College of Beijing Normal University


19:30 Women of the World - Beijing Modern Dance Company & anoukvandijk dc, Tianqiao Theatre, Beijing


Business of Design Week in Hong Kong - Partner country 2008: The Netherlands, Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre

(photo: Social Energy - Contemporary Communication Design from the Netherlands)

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