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China Now presented by Manulife Financial In partnership with Can4Culture - July 9-13

Forget what you thought you knew about Chinese culture. From disparate influences and traditions, to the intersections of people, space and time, the inaugural China Now festival seeks to explore China's enormous worldwide legacy.

Presented by Manulife Financial, in partnership with Can4Culture and China International Culture Association, working with the China Arts and Entertainment Group and supported by the Ministry of Culture and People's Republic of China.
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Harbourfront Centre is honoured to be the sole North American destination outside of the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage for this unprecedented showcase of Chinese culture.
Smithsonian Institution

Curatorial Statement

The inaugural China Now festival is an unprecedented exploration of Chinese arts and culture. The theme of artistic legacy guides this multi-disciplinary look at the country's artistic traditions and trajectory.

Though its history dates back five millennia, China's legacy is not confined to its past: China's modernity, as anyone who has experienced the country recently can attest, is so modern that it challenges the very idea of what "modern" means. While exploring and deconstructing such preconceptions, China Now also investigates the trajectory and the diverse traditions, cultures and experiences of China and its people.

We highlight the intersections defining and shaping the country at home and abroad—the points at which disparate influences, traditions and peoples come together, and from which emerges something new. China's future is unfolding through a negotiation with its artistic and creative traditions, resulting in reinvention and reinvigoration at home and abroad. Members of the Chinese diaspora seek a role and identity somewhere between where they are from, where they are located, and where they are going. The nation itself is being influenced by the outside world in an unprecedented way while exerting a growing influence outside its borders. Meanwhile, the outside world untangles myths and misconceptions from the country's reality.

In short, in 2014, "Made in China" is a much more complicated idea than we realize.

At the heart of a city that has long been a meeting place, with our own legacy as a gathering point for the exchange of ideas, Harbourfront Centre is in a prime position to explore these intersections. As we opened our doors to the public, China had yet to fully engage with the rest of the world. Forty years later, China is at the forefront of the global conversation. China Now looks at what that means for the next five thousand years.

— Rodrigo Fritz, Senior Artistic Associate/Project Coordinator


Harbourfront Centre Staff

William J.S. Boyle

Chief Executive Officer

Melanie Fernandez

Director, Community Engagement & Activation

Rodrigo Fritz

Senior Artistic Associate/Project Coordinator

Jonathan Campbell

Artistic Associate

Annette Paiement

Artistic Associate

Sergio Elmir

Artistic Associate

Richard Martin

Artistic Associate

Mary Luz Mejia

Guest Artistic Associate

Brittney Filek-Gibson

Assistant Artistic Associate, Education, Family Programming and Events

Serge Sargento

Music Assistant

Scott Seeto

Production Coordinator

Georgia Barrington

Administrative Coordinator

Cam Switzer

Administrative Assistant, Events

Andrea Strachan

Event Production Manager

Kim Trollope

Technical Director

Genevieve Peng

Volunteer Coordinator

Dorothy Szczurek

Assistant Volunteer Coordinator

Adriana Sabogal

Vendor Coordinator

Special Thanks

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage

Special thanks to Dr. Nelly Ng for her tireless work and dedication to make this event a reality

A programme of the complexity and size of this 2014 festival season is only possible with the cooperation, contributions and hard work of every department and all members of the entire Harbourfront Centre staff. We extend our thanks to them all. We would also like to acknowledge and thank the dedicated Harbourfront Centre Volunteer Team who, for the past 35 years, has worked tirelessly to make all our activities possible.
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