South Bank, Brisbane

6 - 9 May 2010

The four-day festival and symposium traced nearly two centuries of interactions between Australian and China through a series of concerts, theatre, photography, and film events, as well as panel discussions, lecture-demonstrations and academic papers.

Encounters celebrated creativity on diverse levels, from local Chinese community acts to rarely experienced traditional-classical and operatic ensembles from China. Collaboration between local and international artists is a key focus in the programmed orchestral and chamber concerts.

Encounters also featured a theatrical dinner event A Night in Shanghai, transporting guests back to 1932 at the Maison Shanghai. Hosted at Rydges Hotel South Bank, the night elaborately weaved music, theatre and dance throughout the dinner itself, and closed with a captivating concert of Shanghai Jazz performed by the West End Composers’ Collective.

Aimed at fostering ties of goodwill and cultural development with China, Encounters closed with a special highlight: the world premiere of the Harvest of Endurance, a multi-dimensional performance of music, visual art, and the spoken word.


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Gillian Wills, The Australian

COINCIDING with the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai, the Queensland Conservatorium mounted an ambitious, robust program to celebrate and probe the complex musical relationships between Australia and China.

Much more significant than a traditional music conference, the themes were explored through discussion and performance.