Song And Dance
JUE Music and Art Festival
With Shanghai fast ascending the international cultural ladder its perhaps not surprising to find one of the most progressive arts festivals in Asia very much alive and thriving. Celebrating its fifth annual event, JUE (pronounced joo-eh, and meaning ‘to awaken’) features a diverse range of local as well as global talent spanning theatre, music, art, literature and photography as well as competitions and discussions at multiple venues across the city.
The strong musical line-up features a wealth of performers from San Francisco’s Thee Oh Sees, and Canadian experimental visual pop artist Grimes, to English punk-folk singer songwriter Frank Turner (who played live at the 2012 Olympics in London), Sweden’s Amanda Mair and legendary 89-year old US jazzman Marshall Allen along with his Sun Ra Arkestra. British stand-up poet and social commentator Luke Wright brings his stingingly caustic Cynical Ballads with their pithy take on ‘Broken Britain’, while photographer, director and producer Benj Binks unveils the China premiere of Mongolian Bling, his extraordinary documentary on the burgeoning hip-hop music scene in Ulaanbaatar. Writer Lily Brett discusses her new novel Lola Bensky, based on her own experience as a rock journalist in London’s swinging 60s interviewing Jimi Hendrix, The Who and Jim Morrison, but for the full rundown of 90+ events and venues simply click online, and book early!