In the past few months, a variety of Canadian performers have toured China and Mongolia. The experience
of visiting this region has proved memorable and rewarding, despite the challenges of what is a significantly
different operating environment. We have asked Canadian cultural industries representatives to contribute
their impressions and experience.
December 2007 marked the opening of Beijing’s stunning National Centre for the Performing Arts, formerly
known as the Grand National Theatre. This new state-of-the-art facility will bring Beijing’s performing arts
scene on a par with other world capitals and provide many opportunities for Canada’s performing artists.
We have given voice to professionals working at the National Centre for an insider’s look into this venue.
In this issue, we have also included the latest news about the Beijing 2008 Olympic and Paralympic Games
and the British Columbia-Canada Pavilion which will open in Beijing in May, and looked at performing and
exhibition opportunities in cities outside of the traditional Beijing-Shanghai-Guangzhou-Hong Kong circuit.
Lu Feng, Senior Project Manager at CPAA Century Culture Communications also agreed to share with us
his experience working with Cirque du Soleil.
I wish you a pleasant and useful reading.
Counsellor, Public Affairs
Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie (CLC) performed in Mongolia, in Zuunmod and in Ulaanbaatar in December
2007 at the invitation of the Arts Council of Mongolia and with the support of the Mongolia Patrons Program.
CLC is a professional dance organization based in Montreal that creates, produces and presents works of art
on a local, national and international scale. The company was formed around the husband and wife team of
Bill Coleman and Laurence Lemieux.
One wanders into Mongolia with few thoughts or pre conceptions. Even from my traveled perspective my
mind drew a blank on what to expect.
Our host Chimeg from the Arts Coun