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China Changing

China Changing Festival returns on Saturday 7 October 2017. Our three-year festival showcases contemporary China, and its creative connection with the UK, through cutting-edge art and culture.

Hear a keynote delivered by Hung Huang, a multimedia mogul included in Time magazine’s 2011 'Time 100 Candidates' poll, and further talks discussing women in modern China and the recent two-child policy, with an all-female line up of speakers. There’s also contemporary dance for all to enjoy with styles ranging from martial arts, waacking to break, and a performance drawing on the true story of Chinese writer Lao She, an esteemed author given the title of People’s Artist early in his career. Families are invited to take part in free square dancing and calligraphy workshops and can enjoy puppetry and dance performances throughout the day.

Experience the energy and diversity of this dynamically evolving country through music, film, dance, comedy, performance, literature and family events. This festival incorporates works by some of the most innovative artists practising in China today, as well as leading and emerging British-based Chinese and South East Asian artists.

Discover Southbank Centre


There’s always something to see and do at Southbank Centre, the bustling arts centre by the river Thames. See shows and exhibitions, take part in vibrant festivals, and look out for free music and events. Enjoy a drink or a meal in one of the many bars and restaurants or soak up the atmosphere at the iconic Royal Festival Hall. 

In addition to the Royal Festival Hall, the expansive site includes Hayward Gallery (scheduled to reopen in 2018), Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Rooms and the Poetry Library.

The arts centre hosts a festival programme of over 5000 events every year across the genres of art, theatre, dance, classical and contemporary music, literature and debate. For 2017 Southbank Centre places a focus Nordic art and culture - find out more about sustainable food and communal singing, hygge and saunas, paternity leave and the struggle for gender equality

Whereis it?

Southbank Centre

Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX