The dragon returns to Hamburg: The impressive sculpture, seven metres long and five metres high, is the official mascot and symbol of CHINA TIME Hamburg. This year, Hamburg’s Far East festival is all about writing – Chinese writing. Until 23 November, more than 200 events will reveal the commercial, cultural, and academic connections between the city and the People’s Republic. Art and culture, politics, law, commerce, education and health all feature in the programme that has been set up by regional and national institutions, companies, associations and foundations.
Signs and symbols
Manufactured by Aurubis, the copper dragon has been placed into the Alster waters near Reesendamm Bridge. Even more mysterious are the “Secret Signs” that can be discovered an exhibition on writing in contemporary Chinese art at Deichtorhallen’s Harburg site until 8 February 2015. The exhibition is the result of a collaboration with the M+ Museum in Hong Kong and the Sigg collection, and provides an overview of avant garde Chinese art from the 1980s to the present day, with around 110 contemporary artworks by 38 Chinese artists on display, including calligraphy, photography, videos, installations, and sculpture.
Hamburg – China‘s gateway to Europe
Hamburg and the Metropolitan Region are China’s gateway to Europe. The Port of Hamburg is the primary point of arrival for Chinese exports, and Hamburg and Shanghai have been sister cities since the mid-1980s. More than 500 Chinese companies operate branch offices in Hamburg, and the close economic cooperation was recently underlined by the sixth “Hamburg Summit: China meets Europe”, held by the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce on 10 and 11 October.