Lakeside Arts
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Lakeside Arts

CHINESE WRITE NOW FESTIVAL 2022

Chinese Write Now Festival 2022 runs from May-July with regular events, activities and workshops available for in person audiences in London and Nottingham and online audiences wherever they may be!

This is the third edition of the successful China in Context programme. The new name reflects the expanding scope of our programme, which celebrates writers and contemporary Chinese culture through writing. This year’s festival will highlight both new and acclaimed talent and bring people together to explore themes and ideas around identity and cultural experience.

Chinese Write Now remains the first and only programme dedicated to exploring Chinese culture through writing in the UK. This year’s Festival is produced by China Exchange in partnership with the University of Nottingham’s Lakeside Arts, Confucius Institute, Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature, and others to curate and deliver the Festival’s dynamic programme. Events will be in person and online throughout May, June, and July. In-person activities available in Nottingham and London.

WHAT'S ON IN NOTTINGHAM

Chinese Write Now: Creative Writing Project
Literature

Chinese Write Now: Creative Writing Project

Sunday 22 May 2-5pm
Performing Arts Studio

Feed your creative side with the Chinese Write Now festival!

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Chinese Write Now: Water Calligraphy
Children & Families

Chinese Write Now: Water Calligraphy

Sunday 22 May 1.15pm
Visual Arts Studio

An opportunity to learn or refine your Chinese character calligraphy practice in a guided water brush session.

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Chinese Write Now: Postcards to China
Children & Families

Chinese Write Now: Postcards to China

Sunday 22 May 1.30pm
Lakeside Arts (multiple venues)

Design and write a postcard following a series of writing prompts. Session available in English, Mandarin and Cantonese.

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Chinese Write Now: Sue Cheung in Conversation (virtual)
Literature

Chinese Write Now: Sue Cheung in Conversation (virtual)

Sunday 22 May 3pm
Djanogly Theatre, Lakeside Arts

Go on an amazing journey with award-winning writer and illustrator Sue Cheung, as she discusses her life growing up in Nottingham and how it inspired her Maddy Yip series and other books. 

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Chinese Write Now: Panel Discussion – Positionality in Writing
Literature

Chinese Write Now: Panel Discussion – Positionality in Writing

Tuesday 24 May 6pm
Djanogly Theatre, Lakeside Arts

How does the difference in our social position, power, race, gender, sexual orientation, etc form our identities and access across society?

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OTHER EVENTS ON FOR THE FESTIVAL

Date Title Location
17 May A taste of Tibet with Julie Kleiman London
21 May Will Harris London Writing Workshops London
17 July Postcards To China Workshops London London
17 July Water Calligraphy Workshops London London
22 June An Evening with Hannah Lowe London

 

Safety Information

The safety of our visitors, staff and students is our priority. Here's what we're doing to help keep everyone safe, and what you can do to help.

 

FACE COVERINGS

In line with government guidelines, all staff and visitors must wear a face covering when inside our buildings. Read our list of exemptions. Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue. If no tissue is available, use your elbow.

SOCIAL DISTANCING

Although it is no longer mandatory, we ask that visitors give people space where it is sensible or requested.

IF YOU'RE FEELING UNWELL

We will refund tickets to anyone that tests positive or is displaying symptoms of Covid-19 as long as we’re notified at least two hours prior to an event start time.

HAND SANITISER STATIONS

Hand sanitiser is available at regular intervals throughout our venues. We recommend you make use of these upon arriving and leaving our venue.

INCREASED CLEANING

The frequency of our cleaning throughout our venues has been increased, including toilets and other facilities.

CONTACTLESS PAYMENTS

We are able to accept both contactless and cash payments in our venues, though contactless payments are preferred.