On 10 February 2024, we are going to enter the Year of the Dragon 龍年 (lóng nián).
Come and join us on a cultural adventure with Chinese calligraphy and a joyous and thought-provoking film by Ang Lee.
Light refreshments will be provided.
Chinese calligraphy and painting 中國書畫 Zhōngguó shūhuà from 17:30
Chinese calligraphy and painting use writing brushes dipped in special ink made from lampblack (soot) and binders. They are considered two of the four most-sought skills and hobbies of ancient Chinese literati, along with playing stringed musical instruments (琴qín ) and the board game "Go" (棋qí).
At this event skilled instructors will demonstrate the wonders of brush strokes and you will also have the opportunity to discover the magic of the brush and ink yourself.
No prior calligraphy experience needed - just bring your enthusiasm!
The film: The Wedding Banquet 喜宴 Xǐyàn from 18:30
Selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant", "The Wedding Banquet” is a 1993 romantic comedy film directed, produced and co-written by Ang Lee (李安Lǐ Ān), twice winner of the Academy Award for Best Director. It’s also the only film in which Ang Lee played a cameo role.
"The Wedding Banquet” follows Wai-Tung Gao (高伟同 Gāo Wěitóng), a Taiwanese-American man living in New York City, as he orchestrates a fake wedding with a struggling artist to please his traditional parents.
Filled with witty dialogue, cultural clashes, and genuine emotion, the film explores themes of love, identity, and acceptance. It's a charming and thought-provoking cinematic experience that transcends cultural boundaries, delivering laughter and touching moments in equal measure.