Amsterdam China Festival: Spotlight on Chinese Culture

Amsterdam (PRWEB) August 13, 2005 –In October 2005 Amsterdam will host the China Festival, the largest festival celebrating Chinese culture ever to take place in Holland.

It will be an extremely diverse event, with around thirty arts organisations taking part; the Lloyd Hotel and Cultural Embassy is proud to be the only hotel involved. The China Festival, an initiative of Amsterdam’s world-famous Concert Hall, will offer activities ranging from music, opera, dance, film, photography, literature, architecture, media- and visual arts, readings and debates. The Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy is joining in these festivities by setting up the China Club.

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The Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy is situated in the heart of Amsterdam’s East End Harbour District. Culture lovers from a variety of backgrounds and from all corners of the globe come to stay here. The hotel’s Cultural Embassy is designed to enhance the guests’ stay in Amsterdam by offering insights into Holland’s cultural riches, and to display aspects of foreign culture imported by our guests from abroad. To support this, the hotel is equipped with a number of facilities, such as a soundproof room which can serve as a music studio, a grand piano, a channel for presentations on the internal television circuit, a ticket point for Amsterdam’s ‘Uitburo’ agency (which sells tickets to cultural events around town) and a library.

The China Club in the Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy:
Random Meets – October 1-19 (continuous, free admission)
As a participant in the China Festival, the Cultural Embassy is setting up the China Club. Festival guests will present their contributions on an ad-hoc basis, using one of the platforms on offer by the Club, or the internal television channel reserved for the Cultural Embassy. Readings, installations, a small exhibition and guided tours of the city centre will help to introduce visitors and guests to Chinese culture, seen from both Dutch and Chinese perspectives. On the ‘Dim Sum Walks’, for example, town planner Philip Spangenberg will point out Chinese influences at work in Amsterdam. In addition, the Cultural Embassy has invited artists and connoisseurs of art to serve as intermediaries between Chinese and Dutch culture in the area of the visual arts, such as Gerald van der Kaap (Passing the Information), Rob Malasch (Galerie Serieuze Zaken), Waling Boers (Büro Friedrich Berlijn en Beijing) and Ineke Gudmundssen (Chinese European Art Centre, Xiamen).

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The Amsterdam China Festival – the Most Versatile Chinese Art and Culture Festival Ever Presented

AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands, September 5/PRNewswire/ — The Amsterdam China Festival, the most versatile Chinese art and culture festival ever presented, will take place in October 2005 in Amsterdam (the Netherlands). Over thirty Amsterdam art institutions will participate in the festival with activities such as music, opera, dance, film, photography, literature, architecture, visual arts, lectures and debates. The Amsterdam China Festival is an initiative of Het Concertgebouw.

Highlights of the festival will be concerts given by the Beijing Opera Ensemble of Shanghai, Puppet Theater from Fujian, and concerts with the recently discovered 2,500-year old bronze bells of the Chinese Marquis Yi. Tan Dun, the successful Chinese composer, will be one of the festival’s key figures who will give concerts of his own work, a large film program with his own music, and various lectures.

Old China and New China

The Amsterdam China Festival aims at showing a large public the most varied overview of China’s offerings in the areas of art and culture. The festival will take its spectators on a journey of discovery into the old China and the new China, from today’s pop bands to an overview of 100 years of Chinese film history, from traditional story singers to modern sculpture, from Chinese poetry to the most recent photography. The festival will open on Sunday, October 2 2005, with a spectacular open-air presentation in the heart of Amsterdam.

Media coverage

Volkskrant, the most widely recognized newspaper in the Netherlands, is the festival’s media partner and will report extensively on the festival itself and background information. Also, the public broadcast network will be a media partner: in October of 2005, the festival will be extensively covered by radio and television, with news programs, documentaries, movies and concert registrations.

More than three million Euros

More than three million Euros have been budgeted for the festival, funded by corporations, the Dutch and Chinese authorities, and various private funding initiatives.

Current information and programs

For the most recent information and a complete program, please visit the festival’s website at

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