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Celebrate the Year of the Sheep with a contemporary twist and discover how Chinese culture has inspired artists around the world.
The Horniman presents a night of cutting-edge art installations, films and performances showcasing modern Chinese culture in the UK today.
Art by Aowen Jin
6.30-9.20pm – Music Gallery Performance Space
Grab a UV torch and explore a secret gallery of Aowen Jin’s work. For one night only, her exhibition i18n features traditional Chinese painting, invisible to the naked eye but exposed under UV light, with the descriptions written both in Chinese and Unicode, the coding system allowing Chinese characters to be transmitted over the web.
Dance by Yuyu Rau
7.10-7.20, 8.10-8.20 & 9.10-9.20pm - Gallery Square
Watch Chinese ribbon dance meet Western contemporary dance. Since 2008, choreographer Yuyu Rau has been experimenting with the languages of British contemporary dance and Chinese classical dance, opposing and combining the cultures and aesthetics of East and West.
Music by Liz Chi Yen Liew
6.30-7, 7.30-8 & 8.30-9pm - Gallery Square
Liz Liew and Dennis Lee present a charismatic blend of Chinese contemporary rhythms and melodies, combining traditional Chinese pieces and more upbeat compositions and blending classical instruments (xiao, guzheng) with electronics on piano and violin.
Art installation by Gayle Chong Kwan
6.30-9.20pm - Conservatory
6.45-7, 7.45-8 & 8.45-9pm – Artist’s presentation of the work
Gayle Chong Kwan creates fantastical landscapes and environments made out of arrangements of found materials. In Wastescape, an art installation made of used plastic milk bottles, she encourages the visitor to reconsider the role of waste in everyday life, alongside sound recordings reflecting on urban development and waste.
Film screenings by MASH Cinema
6.30-9.20pm - Education Centre
Discover a programme of short films bringing together a mixture of documentary, animation, drama, comedy and archive exploring the history, traditions and everyday life in China.
Tea ceremonies with live music by Audrey Sun
7.10-7.25, 8.10-8.25 & 9.10-9.25pm - African Worlds Gallery
Embark on a meditative journey through Buddhism, Confucianism and Daoism with tea artisan Audrey Sun and musician Dennis Lee, presenting a performance fusing Chinese tea ceremony and traditional Chinese music.
Animation by London College of Communication
6.30-9.20pm – Hands on Base
Discover twenty short animation films created by students of London College of Communication (BA (Hons) Animation), reflecting on Chinese New Year’s traditions and contemporary culture.
Tours of the Chinese music collections
6.45-7, 7.45-8 & 8.45-9pm - Music Gallery
Take a tour around the UK’s largest gallery of musical instruments with music curator Mimi Waitzman and learn more about the Chinese instruments in our collections
Display: Memories of China
6.30-9.20pm - Gallery Square
Learn more about the lives and experiences of Chinese migrants in the UK in the early 20th century with this selection of objects and artworks.
Food & drink
You can also try street food on the Conservatory terrace, enjoy a Chinese menu in the Horniman Café, or visit one of our cocktails bars.
Late ticket holders will get a 10% discount in the shop on the night.
This event is suitable for over-18s only.