23rd CHIME meeting Prague postponed to 2021



As a consequence of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, and uncertainties about international travel and public health regulations, the Board of CHIME and the organizers of the upcoming 23rd international CHIME meeting on Chinese music have decided to postpone the 23rd meeting until September 2021. Precise dates will be announced later this year.


The topic of the meeting (‘Chinese Music and Memory’) will remain the same, and participants whose paper proposals have already been accepted will be welcomed to present their papers one year later than planned. (This autumn we will ask everyone individually to reconfirm their participation in next year’s event. New invitations will be sent out afterwards.)


We regret that it was necessary to postpone the initiative. We do hope that the extra time will enable all participants from China to obtain their visa within time, and to prepare their travel and accommodation at leisure. We expect to go ahead in 2021 with most of the plans which we had in mind for this autumn. Professor Tan Sooi Beng of the University Sains Malaysia in Penang has reaffirmed her willingness to act as a keynote speaker. In addition, we still hope to offer you a fine programme of concerts and music recitals, including a Chinese shadow puppetry show (by Jean-Luc Penso from Paris), virtuoso performances on guzheng (Deng Haiqiong from Florida), erhu (Li Chi, from Los Angeles) and sheng mouth organ (Huang Lung-Yi). We also hope to schedule some Chinese ‘world’ and rock music, with well-known singer/guitarist Su Yang from the People’s Republic, and the Czech based Gong bao China Rock Revival Band. There will also be Chinese silk and bamboo sounds from the Prague-based ensemble Bùlāgé sīzhú (布拉格丝竹 ). And we hope to show several fine new films on Chinese traditional music, including the Eastern-European premiere of the breathtaking documentary Dahe chang.


We will keep everyone informed about new developments, and sincerely hope to be able to welcome you in Prague next year!