After the Great Wall, the Terracotta Army is the most well-known site in China today. Discovered purely by chance by local farmers in 1974, the 6,000 life-size figures are now regarded as the Eighth Wonder of the Ancient World. Senior Archaeologist Dr Li Xiuzhen will give a talk about how the Terracotta Army may have been inspired by ancient Greek sculptures and art demonstrating that East met West even before the opening of the Silk Road.
Wednesday 18 January
18.45 - 20.30
Asia House is pleased to announce the appointment of Hande Eagle as the new Literature Programme Manager in the Arts and Learning Department. Eagle will take on the responsibility of spearheading and implementing the Asia House Bagri Foundation Literature Festival and overseeing the year-round literature programme.
Iranian contemporary music band Karaj Collective will perform live at Asia House presenting new compositions, improvisation and original fusion music bringing together influences from jazz, blues, Kurdish, Azeri, Afghani and Armenian folk music.
Thursday 26 January
18.45 - 20.15
As part of the Arts & Learning theme of subcultures for 2017, Asia House is exhibiting a selection of works on paper by Paris-based artist and clinician Hanieh Delecroix in the Asia House reception area. Delecroix’s work focuses on the relationship between the mind and the body with the mind of a damaged body being central to her work. Shades of black and blue dominate her paintings, particularly intense hues of cobalt, ultramarine, and cerulean, which she usually applies with a palette knife in sweeping strokes, creating abstract forms that look ‘written’.
10 January to 23 February
Subcultures, the year-long theme for Asia House’s Arts and Learning Programme in 2017, reflects the importance of recognising and accentuating the relationship between tradition and modernity. It also demonstrates the need to actively guard against the destabilisation and loss of several 1,000-year old cultural identities and languages.
According to the Chinese zodiac, 2017 is the Year of Rooster starting from January 28, 2017 and lasting to February 15, 2018. Asia House is excited to open its bright red doors once again for our traditional annual Lion Dance 舞獅 to welcome in the Lunar Chinese New Year to c hase away evil spirits and bring good fortune and happiness.
Friday 27 January
11.30 - 12.30
Join critically acclaimed author Lesley Downer for a special pre-Valentine’s Day talk on love in Old Japan. Drawing on her extensive research, Downer, author of 'The Shogun Quartet', a series of four historical novels set in Japan, will discuss love, romance, arranged marriages, geisha and the rules of engagement between men and women in 19th century Japan.
Wednesday 8 February
18.45 - 20.00
For centuries Ottoman society has comprised of diverse religious and ethnic communities co-existing side by side. Musicians from those communities, namely of Muslim and non-Turkish background, were encouraged to display their talents on a more central level. Thus Ottoman music became, in a manner of speaking, a classical music amongst the other local, ethnic, and religious musical conventions, welcoming the contributions of peripheral cultures. Join Yasin Onemli (vocals), Martin Stokes (Kanun) Baha Yetkin (Ud), Stavroula Constanti (Ney) for a live performance of subcultural Ottoman classical music.
Wednesday 1 March
18.45 - 20.00
To celebrate its 20th anniversary, Asia House has relaunched its individual Friends membership scheme as Asia House Arts Membership (AHAM). Under the new scheme, all Asia House Arts Members will receive a 50% discount off all Asia House arts & learning events and other benefits.
Documentary 'The Man Who Built Cambodia' follows one of Cambodia's leading modern architects Vann Molyvann, now aged 90. Molyvann has been described as Cambodia’s Le Corbusier and his buildings came to signal an era when the country was emerging from independence from France in 1953. The film screening will be followed by a Q&A with film director Christopher Rompré.
Thursday 16 February
18.45 - 20.00
See the Paris-based artist and clinician's work on display in the Asia House reception.
Was the Terracotta Army inspired by Ancient Greek sculptures and art?
Experience a fusion of jazz, blues, Persian, Kurdish, Azeri, Afghani and Armenian folk music.
Hande takes over from Jemimah Steinfeld who held the post for two years.
Mariam Neza gives a preview of the fascinating events lined up at Asia House in the New Year.
A not-to-miss compilation of the year’s best books from Asia.
Asia House is an established part of London’s cultural scene. Presenting over 100 events a year, including the Asia House Bagri Foundation Literature Festival and the Asia House Film Festival, we offer an outstanding selection of opportunities to explore, absorb and enjoy the arts of Asia. To contact a member of the team, email firstname.lastname@example.org.