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Dutch culture takes the lead

THE first World Expo Shanghai-related downtown culture center opened its doors over the weekend, with the Netherlands launching a cultural center that will house a range of weekly events and exhibitions.

Featuring some of the best Dutch and Chinese contemporary artists, designers and architects, the Dutch Cultural Center in Jing'an District opened on Saturday with its first exhibition entitled "Taking A Stance."

Along with seven major exhibitions throughout the six months, the center will also hold a range of smaller events.

"Every weekend we will have performances, and there will be music, film, dance, literature all in cooperation with Chinese artists," says Martjin Sanders, president of the Dutch Cultural Center.

Sanders says the center will hold seven major exhibitions throughout the year plus numerous smaller events.

"We believe that the Dutch Cultural Center is very unique, and we are the only cultural center connected to the World Expo which is not on the Expo grounds but in downtown Shanghai," he says.

The "Taking A Stance" exhibition running through March 28 features the works by eight ground-breaking designers from the Netherlands and China.

The exhibition sheds light on the design culture in both China and the Netherlands and will include architects and product, fashion and graphic designers.

In an example of the broader scope of the center, the exhibition was also complemented by a free conference last Sunday discussing how architecture and design can be more than functional and aesthetic - they can also resolve some of the challenges modern societies face around issues such as energy, health and social cohesion.

The conference forms part of a range of events that will compliment exhibitions and visiting artists and the public will have a chance to attend a range of master classes, lectures, debates and workshops at the center.

Some of the highlights of the six-month program include a range of top classical music groups and performers, including the Holland Baroque Society and the Mantagi Quartet.

Modern dance will also feature strongly, including a range of urban and contemporary groups from the Netherlands that will visit during the World Expo Shanghai. In May, films from the International Film Festival in Amsterdam will also screen at the center.

"We want to show a great variety of Dutch culture in connection with Chinese culture and in cooperation with Dutch and Chinese artists," Sanders says.

Throughout March there will be a range of events including an evening with young Dutch film makers on March 20 as well as jazz drummer and multi-instrumentalist Han Bennick performing on March 25-27.

The center is located at the 800 Creative Industry Center - a newly established creative hub on Changde Road in the refurbished People's Electrical Machinery Factory.

"We wanted to have a flexible space where we can hold our seven major exhibitions and a theater where we can have performances every weekend," Sanders says. "Every art form will be able to be shown here, and the great theme of the center is flexibility. We want to offer the people of Shanghai the art of today."

Open: Tuesdays-Sundays, 11am-7pm

Tickets: Free for entry; 75-150 yuan for weekend performances (discounts for students)

Tickets can be ordered through e-mail at or by calling 1502-6575-312.

For more information including the program of events, visit


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