The countdown is over for art-hungry Beijingers as the much anticipated JUE Festival – an independent series of art and music events that takes over the capital (and also Shanghai) for the month of March each year – finally kicked off on the 7th. Organised by concert promoters Split Works, JUE has unveiled a roster of over 50 shows spanning film, art, music, performance, and literature to be staged at a number of venues across town, from esteemed live music bolthole Yugong Yishan to edgy underground nightclub XP.
Taking to the stage over the next three weeks are international indie acts such as Irish progressive rock 4-piece And So I Watch You From Afar, British rapper Blak Twang, and LA glitch-hop act Will Wiesenfeld (a.k.a Baths), as well as some of China’s leading homegrown talent like math rockers Duck Fight Goose. Also not to be missed is the Asian Cinema Week, where independently made films from across the continent will make their international debut, and never ones to shy away from controversy, the organisers will conclude with a film dubbed North Korea’s first ‘girl power’ flick, Comrade Kim Goes Flying. But we’ve barely scratched the surface, check out their website for more performances, plus salsa classes, poetry readings and live theatre productions. Bop to it!
From March 7-23, 2014.
Various venues / +86 21 6445 0500 / www.juefestival.com/2014