London Calendar (Nov 11-17)

AGI’s weekly events column is back and ready to get you started for the 7 days to come with a load of new Asia-related things to do. Have your pen handy to schedule in a few dates on your calendar….


With the days getting chillier, why not try cooking at home for a change? To get you started with something warm and exotic, we recommend finding yourself a copy of ‘Hidden Kitchens of Sri Lanka‘, a wonderful new cookbook written by Bree Hutchins and published by food experts Murdoch Books in London.


The Korean Cultural Centre UK is pleased to present Unfixed, an exhibition of new works by the London-based Korean artist Meekyoung Shin (opening on 12 Nov and running through to January next year). The exhibition continues her exploration into ‘translation’, a slippage or a rift that occurs in the process of replication and dis- or re-location between different cultural and historical contexts. At the exhibition, Shin unleashes over a hundred works, including a number of significant installations from the Translation – Vases Series, Translation – Ghost Series, Toilet Project and a ‘real time’ video installation of her large scale public art project, Written in Soap: A Plinth Project.


Continuing with the Sri Lankan theme, British-Sri Lankan singer/rapper M.I.A. has just released her new album, ‘Matangi‘, to widespread acclaim. Buy it now at all decent record shops or online; also available on iTunes. From Virgin EMI, with some mature lyrics (so, not for the kiddies).


If you haven’t noticed already, two of the greatest female authors of Chinese descent – Jung Chang and Amy Tan – have new books out. Chang (who sold millions of copies with ‘White Swans’ and ‘Mao’, and is now a Londoner) writes about ‘Empress Dowager Cixi: The Concubine Who Launched China‘, while San Franciscan Tan, the author of ‘The Joy Luck Club’, brings us another epic novel in ‘The Valley of Amazement‘ about a Shanghai courtesan. Tan will visit London later this month to give a talk about her work at Foyles bookshop (Charing Cross branch).


See Liang /Maliphant / Wheeldon – An evening featuring Fang-Yi Sheu and Yuan Yuan Tan at the Sadler’s Wells theatre from 14 – 16 November. This dynamic programme is a new British-Chinese cultural collaboration exploring where classical meets contemporary dance, showcasing the extraordinary talents of Chinese prima ballerina Yuan Yuan Tan, principal dancer with San Francisco Ballet and Taiwanese virtuoso Fang-Yi Sheu. The evening includes three UK premieres choreographed by Taiwanese-born American Edwaard Liang, and Sadler’s Wells’ Associate Artists Russell Maliphant and Christopher Wheeldon.

Madam Butterfly is back at the English National Opera (London Coliseum) until 1 Dec. From the press release: “Puccini’s tragic love story tells of Butterfly, a young Japanese girl who falls in love with American naval officer Pinkerton. Hailed by The Sunday Telegraph as ‘the most beautiful show of the year in operatic London’, Anthony Minghella’s award-winning Madam Butterfly returns to ENO. With its breathtaking mix of cinematic images and traditional Japanese theatre, riot of colourful costumes, stunning sets and unforgettable use of puppetry, Minghella’s sole opera production has developed into one of the most iconic stagings of the 21st century.” Tickets available here.

Last but not least, the 5th China Image Film Festival will take place in London from the 12th to the 18th at several theatres. Established in 2009, the CIFF is not only the largest Chinese film festival in Europe, but also claims to be the most influential overseas Chinese film festival. The main events this year include screenings of and competitions for a hand-picked selection of excellent Chinese films as well as short and ethnic film sessions, a Sino-European Co-production Summit, CIFF Film Market, and an awards ceremony. More info about venues and tickets is available here. Also, don’t forget the London Korean Film Festival which ends on the 15th.

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Information compiled by Tim Holm

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