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China Pow-Wow in Bristol

17 Nov, 2014

China Pow-Wow in Bristol
China Pow-Wow in Bristol

Bristol businesses with an interest in China were given a cultural treat with music and historic photographs at the latest China Pow-Wow networking event in the city.

Bristol band Transition, who have returned from a 12-date city tour of mainland China and who perform in Mandarin told of their experiences and performed two numbers to around 70 West Country and Chinese business leaders at the event organised by the West of England China Bureau.

Brothers Josh and Jesse Edbrooke told how they learned Chinese after travelling to Taiwan with two fellow University of the West of England students and are now in demand at festivals in China and have launched an album Kua Yue with songs sung in Mandarin and videos made in Bristol.

The Powow, held at the offices of Clarke Willmott in Bristol and sponsored by HSBC, also heard from Professor Robert Bickers of the University of Bristol. He has published several books on the history of relations between China and Britain.

He spoke about the Historical Photographs of China Project, which is collecting historic photographs showing trade in China, much of it from the personal photography of individuals who travelled as part of their work. An exhibition of photographs by clergyman Charles Ewart Darwent from the last century was displayed.

The Lord Mayor of Bristol opened proceedings speaking of the importance of trading links between Bristol and its twin city of Guangzhou in China.