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New Global Arts and Humanities Festival to launch in 2017 with ‘China Remixed’

Dec. 1, 2016

The Indiana University Arts and Humanities Council will present its first Global Arts and Humanities Festival, “China Remixed,” in the spring.

Wu Man

As part of "China Remixed," world famous pipa virtuoso Wu Man will perform with students and faculty from the Jacobs School of Music. | PHOTO COURTESY OF WU MAN

The new festival was announced to the IU Board of Trustees at its meeting today and is intended to bring dynamic aspects of a different contemporary international culture to the IU Bloomington campus each year through a series of exhibitions, performances, lectures, film screenings and other events.

The first culture to be featured will be China. The festival will focus on mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong, but it will also include how elements of Chinese culture are expressed within the United States.

Over the course of 10 weeks, more than 40 events are planned.

 “China Remixed” will begin with a Feb. 15 talk by Isaac Leung, an artist, curator and researcher who has received considerable attention in both China and the United States for his video and new media work.

Gene Yang, a comic-book artist and MacArthur Fellow who was nominated for a National Book Award for his book “American Born Chinese,” will give a reading Feb. 23 at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater.

As part of the new “First Thursdays” monthly festivals launched earlier this semester, a themed event April 2 will include a Chinese night market and a bubble tea contest, in addition to many arts and humanities performances and activities.

On April 18 and 19, the groundbreaking play “Thunderstorm 2.0” will be presented by a large company of actors as a movie is filmed, edited and screened above the stage in real time. 

Other highlights include a talk by celebrated Chinese-born writer Ha Jin and performances by Focus Dance Group, Shaolin Warriors, stand-up comic Joe Wong and musician Wu Man, known for her mastery of the pipa, a stringed instrument. 

For further information on these and many other events, visit the “China Remixed” festival page on the IU Bloomington Arts and Humanities Council website.

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