The variety show is a genre engraved into the heritage of British theatre, as music halls up and down the land ‘come to life’ when performers take to the stage – generating the creative electricity that keeps people on the edge of their seats.
On Saturday 9 February (5pm) The Journal Tyne Theatre in Newcastle will play host to one of the world’s most extraordinary theatrical troupes as the red carpet is rolled out for the China Welfare Institute’s Children’s Palace [better known globally as the Shanghai Children’s Palace Arts Troupe].
The immaculately turned out Arts Troupe is made up of 54 members including 39 child performers aged between 9 and 16. The show promises to be an international showcase of theatre, music and dance.
“It’s hoped the Shanghai Children’s Palace cultural arts exchange programme will act as a springboard towards helping to develop a long term relationship between the two regions,” said Yanhong Bi, Project Manager for Sino-Anglo Cultural Exchange Association.
This vision will be put into motion when the theatre troupe leader meets with North East council officials to discuss the potential opportunities of inter-regional trade and investment.
Another important purpose for the visit will be to educate local North East young people about different cultural traditions, as the Arts Troupe plans to deliver a number of workshops across Tyne and Wear during their 6 day stay (6-11 February).
Yanhong adds: “We imagine the arts extravaganza will have a massive impact on young people, showing them what can be achieved with determination and hard work. We hope it will have a positive effect and give them a goal to strive towards, and inspire them to become the leading musicians and dancers of the future at the same time allowing them to value the worth of team work.”
Yanhong takes time to underline the community values of the programme, she said: “The event will also enable us to bring together different community groups allowing them to engage in something positive and to break down any social barriers, at the same time as respecting the eclectic mix of cultural backgrounds.”
Over the past 16 years, the Sino-Anglo Cultural Exchange Association mission statement has been to foster cross-cultural understanding between Britain and China. The organisation achieves this goal by providing various educational opportunities to study, work and live in both countries; SACEA also provides advice, training, information and support for residents living in the North East of England.
SACEA has a great deal of experience in organising artistic and sporting events with a wide range of creative professionals from all over the world, mainly from the People’s Republic of China.
Stella Hall, Creative Director, NewcastleGateshead Initiative, said: “We are delighted to include Shanghai Children’s Palace, one of the most renowned children’s art troupes in China who have entertained audiences in over 20 countries, as part of our world-class cultural programme EAST’08.”
culture10 is an annual curated programme of exceptional cultural events and festivals across NewcastleGateshead and North East England. Established in 2004, it is managed by the culture10 team based at NewcastleGateshead Initiative and is funded by Newcastle City Council, Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council, One North East, Tyne Wear Partnership, Northern Rock Foundation and Arts Council England, North East. For further details see www.NewcastleGateshead.com
Stella Hall continues: “Our focus on contemporary cultural links with China begins with Chinese New Year in February and runs until late spring with many other key events happening throughout 2008.”
To book your tickets for the Shanghai Children’s Palace please contact The Journal Tyne Theatre box office on 0844 493 9999 or purchase online via www.thejournaltynetheatre.co.uk
Additional show: There will be a second opportunity for people to witness the amazing Shanghai Children’s Palace, as they perform a scaled down concert on the following day (Sunday 10 February) at the King’s Hall, situated on the University of Newcastle upon Tyne campus – tickets are priced £5 and the concert will commence at 5pm.
Tickets for the King’s Hall concert are available on the door or can be purchased from JG Windows (Central Arcade, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE1 5BP / 0191 232 1356). Alternatively people can buy the tickets directly from SACEA please contact 0191 241 2305 or via the website www.sacea.org.uk
Please note, this performance is focussed more on the musical elements of the Shanghai Children’s Palace, if you are looking for the fuller variety performance please attend The Journal Tyne Theatre event.
For further information about the Sino-Anglo Cultural Exchange Association and the Shanghai Children’s Palace event please visit www.sacea.org.uk
An extensive timetable of EAST’08 events can be found at www.newcastlegateshead.com/events/44341/EAST_08.html
The cultural visit and performance is also in partnership with the national celebration CHINA NOW, demonstrating the international pedigree of the showcase event www.chinanow.org.uk
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This event is part of EAST’08 – a world-class celebration of contemporary Asian culture in the North East