Made in China Festival
Bridges to China
Come to the Handelsbeurs for the third edition of the Made in China Festival. Within the theme of Music & Visual Arts, Sarah Yu Zeebroek brings together several musicians and visual artists for a story. Each in their own personal and artistic way, they seek to connect with their Chinese roots through music, performance and images.
Sarah Yu, herself born and bred in Ghent, with Chinese-Belgian blood, leads us into a world of musical and visual magic:
- The series of dazzlingly beautiful drawings 'Before I was Born' by Tja Ling Hu. A wordless search for answers hidden deep in different dimensions.
- A mindtrack by Pak Yan Lau, based on her Hong Kong memories and background. Featuring the haunting stories, urban legends and vibrant sound environment of the city. Performed on a prepared piano, electronics and field recordings. This piece is specially composed for Made in China Festival 2022.
- Video footage by Maily B Xu, made in collaboration with her maternal grandparents. How do objects and routines become sediment layers around us, how do walls become a house, a home, a shell, over time. How do we maintain a connection to what was and what will come?
- Explicit drawings by cartoonists Yan Cong and Wen Ling. Each, in their own unique way, showcases their world of fiction-non-fiction.
- Music by Sarah Yu Zeebroek, accompanied by Geoffrey Burton and her Chinese zither or Guqin. She takes us into her memories, to the Chinese children's songs her mother sang to her. With an insert of the work her brother Bolis Pupul composed during his first visit to Hong Kong, hometown of his mother. Soundscape dance music that will leave no one unmoved.
For one evening, these artists together form a bridge between Belgium and China. A bridge that is not linear but one that has multiple routes, with many bumpy and sometimes even broken pieces. It is up to the audience to jump in and strengthen the bridge.
Made in China Festival vzw was founded and is supported by two passionate sinologists who have set themselves the goal of opening up Chinese contemporary culture to the people of Ghent, the Flemish & Walloons and the Chinese residents in Belgium.
Building bridges, bringing people closer together, giving them access to new and different points of view. Without prejudice through film, documentary, virtual reality, art, literature, music and debate, they bring the Chinese culture and the authentic contemporary China closer to us. This in order to achieve a better mutual understanding. There on a mission!
The whole series - check out the program
- February 15: VOORUIT: UITGELEZEN
- March 8 to 24: SPHINX CINEMA: FILM FESTIVAL
- March 19: HANDELSBEURS: MUSIC & VISUAL ART
- March 27: MINARD: TALKS - DOCU - MOVIE - SHORT MOVIES - VR - ART
- March 31: AULA UGENT: POETRY & LITERATURE