Calendar

Sep
22
Sat
«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.

Dec
13
Thu
Next Stop Nirvana – Exhibition @ Museum Rietberg
Dec 13 2018 – Mar 31 2019 all-day
Next Stop Nirvana - Exhibition @ Museum Rietberg

Next Stop Nirvana – Approaches to Buddhism
Who was the Buddha? What did he teach? What rituals do Buddhists perform in everyday life? These are just some of the questions that a major exhibition at the Museum Rietberg addresses.
Artworks from China, Japan, the Himalayas and Southeast Asia tell of the beginnings of Buddhism in India and its spread across the world, including Switzerland. Select experts and practising Buddhists introduce viewers to key concepts of Buddhism and explain terms such as nirvana, karma, and compassion. Discovery tours for different age groups, a short ABC of Buddhism, as well as playful interventions allow visitors to immerse themselves in the fascinating and intricate universe of this religion.

Jan
10
Thu
«Chinarchy» – Exhibition @ Photobastei
Jan 10 – Mar 3 all-day
«Chinarchy» - Exhibition @ Photobastei

CHINARCHY is a flashback to the Chinese underground of the years 2004-2008. The focus is on punks who completely refuse the unrestrained gold-rush atmosphere in their own country and act like precious jewels on the black market with copy CDs of western bands.

Organised by EYENEX Martina Strul http://www.eyenex.ch
Jan
25
Fri
Gateway to China – The Event for Swiss Consumer Brands @ Auditorium in the Headquarters of Swiss Post
Jan 25 @ 8:30 – 13:30

On January 25th Swiss Post shares insights from business in China and offers Swiss consumer brands a platform to develop their low-risk China strategy.

Jan
26
Sat
An Elephant Sitting Still – Movie Screening @ Kino Xenix
Jan 26 @ 16:15
An Elephant Sitting Still - Movie Screening @ Kino Xenix

PREMIERE: In a Chinese city, the fates of four people cross. AN ELEPHANT SITTING STILL draws his audience very deeply into a really long day.

Das Grosse Chinesische Neujahrskonzert @ KKL Luzern
Jan 26 @ 19:30 – 21:45
Das Grosse Chinesische Neujahrskonzert @ KKL Luzern | Luzern | Luzern | Switzerland
The Suzhou Chinese Orchestra welcomes you to the Year of the Pig with the “Great Chinese New Year’s Concert”. Year after year the orchestra brings traditional Chinese music to the stages of the world. In the concert moderation, the peculiarities of the traditional instruments such as Erhu or Pipa are presented and the background of the orchestral pieces and the sung texts are explained.
After annual concert tours since 1998, the Great Chinese New Year’s Concert has not only developed an exemplary musical tradition but has also contributed to the recognition of Chinese music as an essential part of the global music heritage. The Great Chinese New Year’s Concert is now one of the most successful concert formats worldwide. Every year at the time of the Chinese Spring Festival, renowned Chinese orchestras present samples of the rich local music tradition to a cosmopolitan audience.
Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra @ Tonhalle Maag
Jan 26 @ 19:30

Tan Dun (Director)
Ralph van Raat (Piano)
Wenqing Lian Peking Opera Singer (Quingyi)
Wenwen Liu (Suona)

Igor Strawinsky “Feu d’artifice” op. 4
Tan Dun “Farewell my Concubine”, Konzert für Klavier und Quingyi
Ren Tongxiang “100 Birds Flying Towards the Phoenix” (Arr. für Suona und Orchester Guan Xia)
Igor Strawinsky “L’oiseau de feu” (Der Feuervogel), Konzert-Suite (1919)

New sounds from China

Tan Dun, the Chinese composer known on all continents, invites you to a sonic-visual spectacle. The leading orchestra of China and two outstanding soloists of the younger generation support him.

 

Jan
27
Sun
An Elephant Sitting Still – Movie Screening @ Kino Xenix
Jan 27 @ 16:15
An Elephant Sitting Still - Movie Screening @ Kino Xenix

PREMIERE: In a Chinese city, the fates of four people cross. AN ELEPHANT SITTING STILL draws his audience very deeply into a really long day.

Feb
2
Sat
An Introduction to Chinese @ Yang Language School
Feb 2 @ 13:30 – 17:00

Get an Idea of What It Means to Learn the Language.

Feb
10
Sun
Door Gods and Dumplings on the Way to Modernity: The New Year Festival in Asia @ Völkerkundemuseum der Universität Zürich
Feb 10 @ 11:30 – 17:00
Door Gods and Dumplings on the Way to Modernity: The New Year Festival in Asia @ Völkerkundemuseum der Universität Zürich

11:30 – Lecture by Dr. des. Marie Wyss, Geneva: «From Tradition to Socialist Propaganda. The Reform of Chinese New Year Prints in the PR of China»

13 – 14:30 – Dumpling making and tasting from different regions in Asia.

14:30 – Lecture by Mareile Flitsch and Martina Wernsdörfer, Völkerkundemuseum UZH: «Hidden Luck. Ethnological Insights into the Asian variations of stuffed dough»

15:30 – Movie by Ang Lee, Taiwan, 1994: «Eat Drink Man Woman 飲食男女 Yǐn Shí Nán Nǚ»

Feb
17
Sun
Klingende Blumenträume – Chinese Song Soirée @ Tonhalle Wil
Feb 17 @ 17:00

The classical singer Wendi Li has put together a programme from her homeland that mainly tells flower stories, but also contains episodes from the legendary novels of «The Three Kingdoms», «The Journey to the West» and the often filmed «Dreams of the Red Chamber». Simon Rapp accompanies them on the piano.

Feb
21
Thu
Retrospective Shi Hui – Movie Screening @ filmpodium
Feb 21 – Feb 22 all-day

In Shanghai in the 1940s, the actor, director, author and critic Shi Hui (1915-1957) was celebrated as the «emperor of the stage». Already in his first film role in the Shanghai exile film «Shijie ernü» (1941) of the Austrian film pioneers Luise and Jakob Fleck his screen presence was noticeable. Shi Hui took part in more than twenty movies and directed stage and movies until he fell victim to the Anti-Rightist Campaign in 1957. His films provide an insight into film-making and the political climate in Shanghai in the 40s and 50s; «Wo zhe yi beizi» (1950) is now one of the classics of Chinese film history.

Feb
26
Tue
China Said It Would Reform Its Economy. How Is It Doing? @ schwarzescafé I Löwenbräukunst
Feb 26 @ 18:30 – 20:30

An In-depth Assessment with Rhodium Group’s Daniel H. Rosen.

Apr
2
Tue
The Belt and Road Initiative – Separating Myth from Fact @ Credit Suisse Forum St. Peter
Apr 2 @ 14:00 – 17:00

An Asia Society Long Conversation in cooperation with Credit Suisse.