Monday, May 16, 2011

Shanghai revisited

View from my hotel window

A blitz of UK Now festival meetings with arts contacts in good old Shanghai: Cultural Plaza - a new concert hall specially for musicals; hold your breath for Cats, Les Mis and Phantom?; Rockbund Art Museum - beautiful art-deco gallery just off the Bund with whom we're discussing an exhibition; Xintiandi - an upmarket shopping mall with the potential for an outdoor installation; Shanghai Art Museum - the grand old museum and possible host for a V&A exhibition; Shanghai International Film Festival - a courtesy call really but collaboration possible; Expo Arena - an 18,000-seater renamed Mercedes Benz Arena for a vast amount of money for the next ten years, programmed by the avuncular Li Bing who toured Morcheeba and Ladytron for us some years ago; and finally an Aussie freelance performing arts promoter who could help bring some theatre and ballet over.

Dinner al-fresco with Markus in a lovely restaurant called the Mardi Gras in the French Concession. Great to reminisce on our holiday together (seems an age ago now) and talk family. Which reminds me: A will have just finished her first day in Pingyao. I wonder how it went?

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