Still from Cai Shangjun’s The Conformist, 2017, featured in Creative China Festival’s film series.

Beijing Contemporary Art Foundation Announces First Edition of Creative China Festival

The Beijing Contemporary Art Foundation (BCAF)—the only publicly funded foundation and cultural think tank in China for the development of contemporary art and humanities—has announced that this fall it will launch the inaugural edition of the Creative China Festival, a curated program of events in New York, Boston, and Los Angeles that aims to bring Chinese contemporary art to American audiences.

Across three cities, the festival’s program will include six sections: public forums, a film series, public art exhibitions and an arts residency, design exhibitions, live music performances, and a guest city program with more than ten collaborating institutions, including Asia Contemporary Art Week, China Institute, Columbia University, and Metrograph, that will help bring the culture from Nanjing—the first guest city—to New York through Nanjing Week, which will run from September 7 to September 13.

“In alignment with our innovative global work in recent years, the festival will support a new generation of Chinese creative forces and enhance the long-term collaboration of cultural institutions between China and the US,” said Cui Qiao, president of BCAF. “In the complex and diverse world that we live in, it is important to learn how to observe, think, and retain our ideas and values, learn and understand from cultures, and contribute positively to society. The Creative China Festival aims to encourage and continue such thought processes with our global counterparts.”

The festival, which will run from September 7 to November 24, will hold events at major landmarks such as Central Park, Grand Central Terminal, and the Library of Congress. Highlights include the “New Noir: Chinese Crime Films” series, which will present five works from directors who redefined the crime genre in China; “Thinking Projects,” a series of popup exhibitions dedicated to examining process-oriented artistic endeavors; and performances by artists such as Zuoxiao Zuzhou, MADi, A Si, Re-TROS HHH, and Hyukoh at the upcoming Modern Sky Festival.