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JUE 2013: your definitive guide

World-class music, all-night cultural events, body painting and more!

Designed by Wang Qian
Perfect for those who don’t like to put themselves in one cultural box, this diverse festival brings performance, art, literary talks and film to the capital, alongside big-name international music acts.


Grimes Mao Live House, Thur 21

Just as the JUE festival proudly straddles genres, this year’s headliner, Grimes, makes music that’s fiendishly difficult to define. Drawing on everything from hip-hop and rock to synth-pop and even medieval melodies, her eclectic style earned her the number one spot on NME’s list of the most exciting new bands of 2012, as well as the top spot on Pitchfork’s tracks of the year. Keep an eye on this page for an upcoming interview with Grimes!

Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls Mao Live House, Fri 22

Never shy to showcase a rebel, JUE 2013 is welcoming foul-mouthed UK folk-punk frontman Frank Turner to the stage this year. He's performed at the London 2012 Olympics, sold out a 12,000-person concert at Wembly Arena and has been on the UK festival circuit for years - but for Turner, China is something special: 'wonderful, exciting, electric'. Keep an eye on this page for an upcoming interview with Frank Turner!

Five JUE picks

1 JUE Market, Sun 10
Expect art installations, surprise musician appearances and body painting alongside stalls selling handicrafts and the latest fashion designs at the JUE Market. See our event page.

2 Improvisation workshop, Mon 11
Marshall Allen, the 88-year-old American jazz legend, holds a special improvisation workshop at Beijing Contemporary Music Academy. See our event page.

3 Gang of Four, Wed 20
Post-punk outfit Gang of Four perform their first-ever show in Mainland China at Yugong Yishan. See our event page. Keep an eye on this page for an interview with Gang of Four!

4 White Night Festival, Fri 22
Bai Ye, or 'White Night Festival', is a mixture of cultural events, ranging from ‘theatre in a cupboard’ to a silent disco, held at various venues from dawn to dusk on Fri 22. See our event page.

5 Photography workshop, Wed 6 and 27
Learn to photograph jamming musicians in dimly lit bars at the live photography workshop held at Chill Bar, Wed 6 and 27. See our event page.

JUE events guide

Tickets are available from various locations; see event pages for detailed information.

Wednesday 6 - Friday 28

Live Concert Photography Workshop Chill Bar, 7pm Two-session workshop at Chill Bar from professional photographer Thomas Rippe.

Friday 8

Ital, Magic Touch and VHS or Beta Dada, 9pm Live sets from Ital and Magic Touch and a DJ set from dance-punk outfit VHS or Beta.
An evening with Joe Gil The Bookworm, 10pm American indie pop musician Joe Gil brings a special acoustic show to the Bookworm International Literary Festival.

Saturday 9

Songwriting workshop with Joe Gil The Bookworm, 12 noon Aspiring Dylans and Lennons can hunker down with acclaimed LA musician Joe Gil as he shows you the ropes.
Beijing Improv Monthly Performance Tianzihong Dance Studio, 9pm Laugh the night away in not one but two languages as Beijing Improv’s BIG Bilingual Group take the stage.
How to Dress Well 2 Kolegas, 9pm Experimental R&B crooner How to Dress Well, with support from Lantern Festival.

Sunday 10

Warm Up to JUE Market Yuanfen Art Space, 11am-6pm Stalls selling handicrafts and fashion designs, along with art installations, body painting and surprise musician appearances.

Monday 11

Jazz Improvisation Workshop with Marshall Allen Beijing Contemporary Music Academy School of Jazz, 10pm Free jazz saxophonist Marshall Allen hosts this workshop on appreciating the language of jazz improvisation.
Experimental Film History Workshop with James Harrar Beijing Foreign Studies University (北京外国语大学), 4pm Dive right into experiemental theatre with this historically-focused workshop, led by filmmaker James Harrar.
Literary Talk: Gao Ning (Gao Yuning) Chill Bar, 8pm Gao discusses his dual roles of novelist and journalist, his principles, experiences and hardships as a writer.

Tuesday 12

Electric Shadows Screening: Koryo Cinema Koryo Tours Office, 7pm A piercing look into North Korea, followed by a Q&A session.
James Harrar's Cinema Solorlens feat Marshall Allen (Sun Ra Arkestra) Penghao Theatre, 8pm James Harrar and Marshall Allen team up for a night of music and dancing.
Beijing Photographer's Night Dada, 8pm A sneak peek at top photographers' personal projects.

Wednesday 13

Beijing Improv Weekly Bilingual Workshop Hot Cat Club, 8pm Think on your feet in this weekly workshop for double-tongued improv.

Thursday 14

Mongolian Bling China Premiere &Asian Cinema Week Opening Party Yugong Yishan 7pm Kick off Asian Cinema Week with JBenj Binks' homage to a culture in transition.

Friday 15

Matzka Mako Live House, 9pm Taiwanese reggae outfit that mixes R&B, rock, blues, aboriginal melodies and more.
Love Bang Dada, 9pm Cheap drinks, great tunes and cartoons from this legendary Shanghai club night.

Saturday 16

ACW: 15Malyasia Zajia Lab, 4pm 15 short films tackle pressing socio-political issues in Malaysian society.
ACW: Old Dog Zajia Lab, 6:30pm A glimpse of contemporary Tibet.
Jeff Lang Yugong Yishan, 9pm The virtuosic roots guitarist returns to China.
Computer Love Dada, 10pm DJ night with Bye Bye Disco’s Pei Pei Sun & friends.

Sunday 17

Emerging Young Artists: Music & Art Showcase Yugong Yishan, 1pm A music and art showcase featuring emerging young artists.
ACW: Shorts UCCA, 1:30pm Cutting edge, form shifting and boundary breaking short films, this time around the theme of stories in the dark.
ACW: Alternative Voices Panel UCCA, 4pm Queer cinema, female filmmakers, ethnic minorities and more in this panel dedicated to alternative voices in cinema.
ACW: Four Ways to Die In My Hometown UCCA, 9pm Catch this supernatural film as it pries its way into reality.
Woodie Alan Reunion Show Jianghu Bar, 9pm A collaboration between three Chinese and two American musicians, who perform cross-cultural blues.

Monday 18

BLF: CJ Bowerbird Destination, 4pm The Australian poet performs poetry as it should be: live and loud.
ACW Youku Original: Beautiful 2012 Chill Bar, 7pm “What is beautiful?” Four very distinct short films try to answer this question.

Tuesday 19

Forever Young (Adult) with Robert Newton and Meredith Badger The Bookworm, 6pm Robert Newton, Meredith Badger and Pam Macintyre look at the appeal of the young adult genre.
Punk Rock Noodles: Cooking Workshop with Lei Jun (Misandao) The Hutong, 7pm Beijing punk band Misandao front-man and punk rock chef Lei Jun gives a special lesson on how to make delicious, Hunanese-inspired noodles.

Wednesday 20

BLF: The Australian Moment with George Megalogenis The Bookworm, 6pm George Megalogenis discusses Australia's somehow booming economy
Amanda Mair Jianghu Bar, 9pm The Swedish singer/multi-instrumentalist brings her airy tunes.
Gang of Four: AV Okubo New Album Listening Party Yugong Yishan, 8pm The seminal ’80s post-punk outfit perform with Wuhan dance-punk hooligans AV Okubo.

Thursday 21

Frank Turner Talk Chill Bar, 8pm British rocker Frank Turner talks about his new record and his return to China.
Grimes Mao, 8pm The acclaimed Canadian songstres headlines JUE Art + Music with her eclectic, electronic compositions.
Translation Slam: Cross Talk The Bookworm, 10pm Crack open the often confusing and impenetrable Chinese comedy form and find out what your taxi driver is always chuckling about.

Friday 22

SURGE Art Preview Weekend & Courtyard Party SURGE Art Courtyard, 7pm Affordable art fair and courtyard party with drinks and chuan'r.
Sound Fragment Yugong Yishan, 9pm The local veterans play delicate, tuneful indie rock.
Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls Mao, 9:30pm The British folk/punk bard jams his way through songs old and new with the help of his band.

Friday 22 - Saturday 23

Bai Ye (White Night) Gulou area, 10pm All-night art festival with events ranging from ‘theatre in a cupboard’ to a silent disco.

Saturday 23

Vintage Market Dada, 2pm This monthly vintage market features Beijing vendors and collectors.
Wooozy Community Films: All Tomorrow's Parties XP, 2pm The third edition of Wooozy’s music film initiative featuring a Vincent Moon-produced concert film about global festival phenomenon All Tomorrow’s Parties.
Trans-Pacific Improv and Noise Exchange 2 Kolegas, 8pm Tragicomic ‘Shadow Boxing’ sound art and algorithmic computer art, with support from the ‘public improv committee’.
Silent Disco (part of Bai Ye) 4 Corners, 8:30pm Shhh! Dance to the beat of your own drummer in this bizarre headphone-powered disco, organised alongside dance party veteran Jen Eden.
Antidote Night Dada, 9pm Antidote presents S.L.V., Downstate, Hamacide (live sets and DJ sets) and DJ Shackup.
JUE After Party with Whale! EAST Beijing, 9pm The official after party, with DJs AttacksUnicorns, Bobby Dropper, Pun Farty and 404 DJNotFound.

Sunday 24

Charity Theatre Sunday Jiugulou Community Charity Theatre, 1pm-10pm A series of talks, workshops, plays and musical performances in an intimate setting.
Two Wheels Keep Rolling ft Liu Yusi and Thruotin Jianghu Bar, 3pm Folk musicians and cycling fanatics Liu Yusi and Thruoutin discuss their experiences, play individual sets then jam with collaborative ambient-folk-blues.
UK Now Concert Series Documentary Premiere: From Wrexhamn to Wuhan XP, 7pm Tour documentary of Split Works and UK Now’s Concert Series tour, following the adventures of four British bands in China.
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