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
Mao Live House, Thur 21
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
Turner and The Sleeping Souls Mao Live House, Fri
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
1 JUE Market, Sun 10
art installations, surprise musician appearances and
body painting alongside stalls selling handicrafts
and the latest fashion designs at the JUE Market. See our event
2 Improvisation workshop, Mon 11
Allen, the 88-year-old American jazz legend, holds a special improvisation
workshop at Beijing Contemporary Music Academy. See our event
3 Gang of Four, Wed 20
outfit Gang of Four perform their first-ever show in Mainland
China at Yugong Yishan. See our event
. Keep an eye on this page for an interview with Gang of
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
5 Photography workshop, Wed 6 and 27
to photograph jamming musicians in dimly lit bars at the
live photography workshop held at Chill Bar, Wed 6
and 27. See our event
Tickets are available from various locations; see event pages for detailed information.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bai Ye (White Night) Gulou area, 10pm
All-night art festival with events ranging from ‘theatre in a cupboard’ to a silent disco.
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.
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.