From Beijing to Lancaster, Via Manchester…

As the 12th annual celebration of Chinese arts and culture in Lancaster commences, we are pleased to announce that this year’s festival has been sponsored by Manchester Airport and Hainan Airlines.

Fly direct to Beijing in approximately 10 hours and discover more of what China has to offer with Hainan Airlines – awarded a 5 Star Airline by SKYTRAX for six consecutive years and rated ‘Best Chinese Airline’.

A city steeped in history yet constantly reinventing itself Beijing offers unforgettable experiences. Discover the incredible sights found in the metropolis from the Forbidden City a vast complex of beautiful imperial buildings and residences dating back to the 15th century Ming Dynasty, or immerse yourself in the luxurious destination of Sanlitun famed for its vibrant nightlife, shopping and dining scene.

Find out who will be performing on the ‘Manchester Airport and Hainan Airlines’ Stage at Lancaster Chinese New Year Carnival on Sunday, 5th February 2017!

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Call Out To New Writers

We want to hear your stories.

Red Dragonfly Productions in association with Grist To The Mill are running a New Writing Festival and are looking for new and emerging writers from British East Asian, South Asian and South East Asian communities who are interested in contributing and sharing their contemporary and traditional stories.

We are not only looking for established writers but potential writers of any ability or experience, we and our in house dramaturge, Ross Ericson, will support you throughout your script development. After we have reviewed submissions we will be inviting up to ten successful applicants to a free one day workshop – travel will be provided* – and from that workshop three applicants will be selected to have their plays produced and performed in our festival. (*depending on applicants’ bases.)

There will be a £1000 fee paid to each writer whose play is performed at the festival. If you want to be considered then in the first instance please submit to us your story/idea. We will only accept submissions by email to the following address submissions@gristtheatre.co.uk and submissions need to be received by no later than 1 October 2016.

Successful participants will be invited to the workshop by the 16th October 2016 that will take place by the end of that month, at a place and time yet to be confirmed. The performances are scheduled to take place in February of 2017. Red Dragonfly New Writing Festival is supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

Submission criteria

  • Applicants need to be over eighteen years old
  • A full description of your idea/story – no longer than one A4 page and make sure the story has a beginning, a middle and an end
  • Your details: Name, ethnicity, location, contact email & phone and any access requirements etc.
  • Submit to: submissions@gristtheatre.co.uk
  • Deadline: 1 October 2016

Your Story criteria

  • Subject: Anything from contemporary to traditional folk and fairy tales.
  • Audience: Family friendly – suitable for the whole family not just small children
  • Cast: can be performed by up to 4 actors, doubling up of characters are allowed
  • Staging: workable with a minimal set and props

The Lancaster Chinese Arts Festival

The Lancaster Chinese Arts Festival are supporting the New Writing Festival in partnership with the Dukes Theatre.

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Lycamobile Presents Lancaster Chinese New Year Festival 2016

We are proud to announce the headline commercial sponsors for 2016 are Lycamobile!

Lycamobile helps connect the world with cheap international calls from your UK mobile to Asia, Africa, Europe and America. They also offer great rates on calls, messaging and internet in the UK too.

Want to get your sim or find out more? Simply click here to visit the Lycamobile website.

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