China Now in Edinburgh

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Kimho Ip is used to making music in unlikely places (that’s him on the right directing the FEAST in Castle Street last August). Now he’s preparing a different kind of musical feast in the Botanics this summer as one of Edinburgh’s main events for the intercultural programme of China Now in Scotland.

Regular users of Out of the Blue arts cafe in Dalmeny Street may well have spotted an interesting group meeting together for the first time as Kimho, a composer and musician brought together an extraordinary mixture of talent from east and west.

Dialogues of Wind and Bamboo is the name of a multi-media event which will happen on midsummer night in the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh with the help of artists, musicians, singers and dancers: from Edinburgh’s electronic band Found to traditional Thai angkalung (bamboo chime) percussionists.

Bamboo is the living link between all the performances inspiring dance as well as providing the raw material for sculpture and musical instruments. “Bamboo is such a fundamental part of life in Asian cultures – it is almost the symbol of China? says Kimho.

Dialogues of Wind and Bamboo (sponsored by the Scottish Arts Council) is one of the main events in the Botanics’ programme of events for China Now in Scotland. More details to come.

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