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CHP in 2010: A Year in Review

Jan. 2010

CHP Cooperation Series: All for the cultural rights of local residents The Lowdown

On the sunny afternoon of Sunday January 10, Beijingers were heading to UCCA for a stimulating and educative lecture, co-hosted by CHP and UCCA. Rebirth of Folk Art, the first of the CHP-UCCA All for the Cultural Rights of Local Residents lecture series was led by He Shuzhong. Featured guest lecturers included Wang Jun and Wang Hui.

Feb. 2010

Local Coordinator of Congjiang Archives

Click here to watch Congjiang Archive Short Movie

Mar.2010

Saving Gulou: A Better Future for Gulou

The “Saving Gulou: A Better Future for Gulou” public discussion was recently cancelled the day before it was meant to be held, primarily because it was going to cover two basic but important issues: the rights of local residents and protecting Gulou’s cultural heritage.

Apr .2010

Menglian Initial Survey Trip Report

From 30 April to 5 May, CHP representatives He Shuzhong and Napatra Charassuvichakanich, and local project consultant Turdsak, visited Menglian County to conduct an initial field survey for the Menglian Weaving Revival Project. This project is the second phase of the Mengma Revitalization Project.

The project team identified existing weaving conditions and learned about existing weaving techniques that have been passed down for generations.

May.2010

Capital Conversations: Vanishing Beijing – Why Preservation Matters

On the afternoon of 23 May, nearly 100 passionate Beijingers gathered to listen to and participate in an absorbing roundtable discussion about cultural heritage preservation, hosted by the Beijing Cultural Heritage Protection Center (CHP).

There was a buzz around the sold out event, and the afternoon lived up to expectations with people leaving with a better understanding of cultural heritage preservation in China.

Jun. 2010

The Former Residence of Liang Sicheng and Lin Huiyin

CHP has continued its dialogue, and recently held a lecture entitled ‘Protecting the Former Residence of Liang Sicheng and Lin Huiyin – The Power of Public Participation’ at UCCA.

Worryingly, the follow-up preservation work for the residence is still yet to begin and in August found a demolition notice on the wall of the house.

Read The Global Times article Bulldozers menace architect home.

July 2010

“Do You Hutong?”

“Do You Hutong?” The answer from Beijingers was an affirmative “yes!” as more than 200 people travelled to Three Shadows Photography Art Centre, Caochangdi, on Saturday 17 July to support CHP’s major fundraising event of the year. There was a distinct buzz as people arrived to experience this uniquely creative event, and many of the attendees stayed for several hours to enjoy the diverse components of the evening.

Aug 2010

From The Mengma Archive to the “Menglian Ethnic Folk Art Inheritance Association”

The Mengma Archive Project was CHP’s first Ethnic Minority Culture Revitalization Project, and took place in 2004-2008. Now in 2010, CHP has started a one-year Menglian Weaving Revival Project to continue our work in the Menglian area. To implement this project  together with the local villagers, it is important to review our previous work and also the different elements of this new revitalisation project.


Sep 2010

The Former Residence of Liang Sicheng and Lin Huiyin

CHP has continued its dialogue, and recently held a lecture entitled ‘Protecting the Former Residence of Liang Sicheng and Lin Huiyin – The Power of Public Participation’ at UCCA.

Worryingly, the follow-up preservation work for the residence is still yet to begin and in August found a demolition notice on the wall of the house.

Read The Global Times article Bulldozers menace architect home.

Oct 2010

Yang Tongrong (first from the left) and villagers work on the Cultural Images project together

Read Beijing and local project volunteers’ feedback on the Congjiang Archive project on their 8th visit to the county.

Nov 2010

Happy Hutong!

Many happy faces of Beijingers united at The Hutong for CHP’s November fundraising and community event – Happy Hutong! Participants exercised their creativity painting their own mini-courtyard gate models, sipping mulled wine, sampling Asian tapas, and watching the award-winning short documentary, Cycle of Change. RMB 3,090 was raised for Cultural Action Network program, CHP’s nation-wide organized volunteer network that will fight to protect priceless heritage across China.

Dec 2010

Youth Cultural Exchange Program

On December 17 and 18, CHP invited more than 20 Chinese and overseas students to participate in our Youth Cultural Exchange Program, sponsored by the UNESCO, to promote cultural diversity and engage a dialog in cultural heritage protection.


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