calendar of China events

Exhibitions, Readings, Concerts, Networking events and more.

Find events related to China in and around Zurich in our calendar of events. There's always something going on in Zurich Chinatown.

«Walter Bosshard / Robert Capa – Wettlauf um China» – Photo Exhibition @ Fotostiftung Schweiz
Sep 22 2018 – Feb 10 2019 all-day

The Fotostiftung Schweiz (Swiss Foundation for Photography) presents historical photographic material by photojournalists Walter Bosshard and Robert Capa from the 1930s in China.

«Zeng Fanzhi – In the Studio» – art exhibition @ Hauser & Wirth
Sep 22 – Nov 10 all-day
«Zeng Fanzhi - In the Studio» - art exhibition @ Hauser & Wirth | Zürich | Zürich | Switzerland

Hauser & Wirth presents a comprehensive exhibition by renowned artist Zeng Fanzhi this autumn across three of the gallery’s spaces in Zurich, London and Hong Kong. In Zurich, the exhibition features new abstract landscapes, which will allow viewers the opportunity to gain an unprecedented and in-depth understanding of the future development of Zeng Fanzhi’s contemporary practice.

«TwinLab: The Hidden Formula» – Performance @ ZHDK, Konzertsaal 7.K05 (Level 7)
Oct 25 @ 10:30 – 13:00

This live broadcast event combines two performances, one in Zurich and one in Hong Kong, which can be seen simultaneously in both cities. The movements of the dancers are captured by motion-capture technology and transformed into real-time visualizations; at the same time, the movement data is sent around the globe. This creates a dialogue between the performers, who are separated by 9,000 kilometers and six hours of time difference.

10:30 to 11:00
11:00 to 11:30
12:30 to 13:00

«aushub» by Markus Kirchhofer – reading and guided tour of the China collection @ Museum Rietberg
Oct 27 @ 14:30 – 16:30

In “aushub”, Kirchhofer compares poems written in China with those written in the West, thus opening up new, astonishing associative spaces between East and West. After the reading: Guided tour through the outstanding China collection of the Rietberg Museum.

The Social Credit System: Orwellian Nightmare or Digital Business as Usual? @ schwarzescafé I Löwenbräukunst
Oct 31 @ 18:30 – 20:30

A Sinica Podcast Live Recording

Transparent citizens, police state, totalitarian rule: The catchphrases used to describe China’s Social Credit System (SCS) are oftentimes lurid. China has announced to introduce a rating system by 2020, which measures and expresses the social behaviour of citizens and companies. Is the system the Orwellian nightmare that Western media often depict it as, or is the story more complicated?

«In the Belly of the Dragon» – Lecture @ Quartierzentrum Bachletten
Nov 1 @ 18:30 – 20:00

Author John James Farquharson wrote about his three years of experience as HR Director of ChemChina – at the time one of the largest Chinese state-owned companies.

In his presentation, he sums up in German about his rich wealth of experience from these three years.

«In China klassische Musik vermitteln, aufführen und erleben» – Lecture @ Haus der Universität
Nov 5 @ 19:30 – 21:00

Speech by Numa Bishop Ullmann
“Teaching, Performing and Experiencing Classical Music in China” – A Report of Experiences in the Last Ten Years

Please register by Friday, 2 November 2018 by email to

«Beyond Beauty – Taiwan from Above» – Movie Screening @ Kino Stüssihof
Nov 26 @ 18:00

The Chapter Chinese Studies of the UZH alumni will show the documentary Beyond Beauty – Taiwan from Above by Taiwanese director Po-lin Chi / 齊柏林《看見台灣》

The cinema has 50 seats. First come first serve! Please register

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