China Shenzhen Cultural Week

4 August 2015

Wellingtonians now have a fabulous opportunity to experience top Chinese cultural performing arts from Shenzhen during Discover China - China Shenzhen Cultural Week.

Twenty six of Shenzhen’s top performing artists will present a cultural showcase (80 minutes) of traditional Chinese folk dancing, music, acrobatics and magic at the Soundings Theatre at Te Papa from 7pm on 10 August 2015. Three newly made, and highly popular Chinese films (Boonie Bear from 10:30am, Silent Witness from 1:00pm and An Autumn Wind from 3:30pm) will screen during the Cultural Week at Te Papa on Saturday 15 August.

Deputy Mayor Justin Lester, who visited Shenzhen in May, says this is a rare opportunity for Wellingtonians to experience some of the best Chinese cultural talent.

“Shenzhen is a phenomenal place to visit and blends China’s rich culture and history with a modern, vibrant city. You have to see it first hand to believe the growth that has been achieved in a short space of time.”

Lang Lang, World-renowned Pianist and Shenzhen Goodwill Ambasador, says “ I love Shenzhen. It’s a global city and the inaugural window of China’s reform and opening up. Its unique charm, strong pulse of daily life and inclusive culture always impresses and inspires me”.

Shenzhen is a major city in the south of Southern China's Guangdong Province (population 10 million), situated immediately north of Hong Kong. The area became China's first—and one of the most successful—Special Economic Zones and is a major manufacturing center in China. Shenzhen is also home to some of China's most successful high-tech companies such as BYD, Dingoo, G'Five, Hasee, Huawei, JXD, Konka, Netac, Skyworth, Tencent, Coolpad and ZTE. In the financial sector, Ping An Bank, China Merchants Bank and Shenzhen City Commercial Bank are some of the largest banks in China, and all have their headquarters in Shenzhen.

 “Wellington and Shenzhen have long enjoyed a friendly relationship. ICT company, Huawei is the major sponsor for the Wellington Phoenix Football Club (FC), and a Wellington Mayoral delegation met with Huawei in Shangahi in 2012,” says Deputy Mayor, Justin Lester, who, along with Councillor Paul Eagle and Councillor Nicola Young also visited the Huawei Headquarters and the company’s laboratories in China in May 2015. 

In February 2013 a group of 29 people from Shenzhen visited Wellington to perform at the Chinese New Year Festival.

Tickets: $15 for the show and group concession – BUY 10 get 2 FREE.

             $8 per movie or $15 for three movies

A pre-ceremony school performance is taking place at the Te Papa Soundings Theatre from 1:30pm on Monday 10 August. Free for students.

Discover China - China Shenzhen Cultural Week is taking place thanks to the Shenzhen Government with support from the Wellington City Council, Chinese Embassy in Wellington, Asian Events Trust and the Confucius Institute at Victoria University of Wellington.