BATURU FOR BEIJING + 25 (24 September – 10 December, 2020)

Sponsors: Embassy of Germany, Cultural Forum of the Embassy of Austria,  Embassy of US
Partners: China Women’s Film Festival, Cervantes Institute, Berlin Feminist Film Week, Rattapallax, A.I.R. Gallery, Nextcomic Festival, Cinéfabrique School (Lyon), the Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences, Embassy of Sweden, Embassy of Norway, Embassy of Mexico, Embassy of Uruguay, Embassy of Colombia, Embassy of Peru, Embassy of Spain, Pace University, Total Vision, Lianbangzouma.

We express our gratitude for helping us to organize the advertising section to China Advertising Association


Baturu Cultural Festival (Beijing) is pleased to announce that this year it will unite with its sister event, China Women’s Film Festival (Hong Kong) to launch Baturu for Beijing + 25 – an international large-scale online event which will take place from September 24th to December 10th, 2020. The festival aims to celebrate women’s achievements through art and film in Asia, Europe and the Americas. Its title commemorates the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women and adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (1995).

We are bringing together artists, writers, comics creators, musicians, professionals from other creative fields and activists to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment in all dimensions of life through a variety of artistic manifestations. The festival includes seven sections – film, advertising, comics, fine art, literature, music and high-tech – that bring together some of the brightest creative professionals and passionate women’s rights supporters.

The festival will host short films from the most progressive feminist film festival Berlin Feminist Film Week that will be shown in Beijing, Shanghai and Chengdu.  The project is supported by the Embassy of Germany in Beijing and the Consulates of Germany in Chengdu and Shanghai. Together with the Cervantes Institute we will hold Spanish Language Film Festival that will bring together films by female directors from Spanish-speaking countries. These films will be held in partnership with the Embassies of Mexico, Colombia, Uruguay, and Peru. We are also happy to present a special Austrian section, supported by the Cultural Forum of the Embassy of Austria, that will feature a minimalist interview-film by Paul Poet followed by an online Q&A with the director, as well as a series of documentary films on outstanding Austrian women. Finally, we will show short films by Chinese female directors selected through a competition, online screenings of short films by students of CinéFabrique School (Lyon) and films produced as part of “Lillehammer Meets China” – a co-creative project that brings together Chinese and Norwegian film students.

The arts section will acquaint Chinese audiences with women’s art around the world with a special focus on feminist achievements of American artists. The festival will host A.I.R. Gallery, the oldest feminist gallery in the USA which played a crucial role in shaping feminist art and women’s movement in the 1960s. The online programs by A.I.R. Gallery will take the format of digital classes, workshops, and panels led by A.I.R. artists, including Susan Bee, Maxine Henryson, Aya Rodriguez-Izumi, and Aliza Shvarts, who demonstrate exceptional achievement in the arts and the highest level of artistic practice in feminist theory. Female artists from other countries will also join the festival with workshops and lectures.

The advertising section will feature lectures by prominent figures of the advertising world such as Christina Knight, a highly-acclaimed artistic director, copywriter and author of the book “Mad Women: A Herstory of Advertising,” Viktoria Saxby, “Communications & Gender Expert, the author of the book “The New Man: on boys, men and the end of the battle of the sexes,” and Masako Okamura, Executive Creative Director at Dentsu One Manila. Christina Knight will also take part in a panel on gender equality and advertising that will be held in the Embassy of Sweden in Beijing.

We are especially proud to present a digital section. It reflects the growing proximity of artistic and digital fields and sheds light on the importance of gender equality in the entertainment and high-tech professions popular among young audiences. The speakers from game companies and educational IT companies from both China and abroad will explore the gender inequality issue in the IT and game industries as well as strategies to improve gender equality and diversity in these industries through educational and employment programs.

The comics section aims to bring social issues into the world of comics through educational events for professionals and a wider audience. We are happy to host Creating Comics for Social Change Workshops held in partnership with Ram Devineni, the author of “Priya’s Shakti” comics book, and Camilla Zhang, a comic and prose writer, that will teach comic artists how to create comics that address social issues. The section will also feature workshops by Liza Donnelly, illustrator at The New Yorker, as well as talks by artists from the Nextcomic Festival.

The literature section will celebrate the power of co-creative efforts as a means of promoting women’s empowerment. We invite writers to take part in a co-creative project, where they are asked to choose an article from Universal Declaration of Human Rights and write a short story on women’s realization of the particular right. The resulting pieces will be published into a book. The first two participants of the project are Jovana Reisinger and Yinan Zhang, who, both being filmmakers and writers, are cooperating to inspire each other for a short piece on women’s rights.

The music session demonstrates this art form as a powerful tool of promoting women’s empowerment through the stories of outstanding women. Carla Canales, the world-famous mezzo-soprano, arts advocate and the creator of “Hear her Song” project, will meet with audiences online to sing songs celebrating women’s achievements.

As part of the festival we also develop interdisciplinary partnerships with academic institutions including Pace University (New York) and professors of Beloit College (Wisconsin) in order to foster exchange of ideas and cooperation between artistic and academic circles, and to engage more students in the festival.

In the COVID-19 world Baturu is fully embracing emerging possibilities and had made flexibility and openness its key feature – unlike other events programmed in advance, Baturu develops and grows as the festival unfolds over time with more and more artists and creators joining this multidimensional celebration of women through arts. The festival is expanding the ways in which the audience can engage in the creative process, functioning as an international ever-changing platform for women’s empowerment.

Please find more information on our website: http://www.baturufes.net/

 

HeForShe

We invite men to take part in Baturu for Beijing +25 and hold a lecture, a workshop, join a round table or a co-creation event.

The advancement of gender equality requires the mobilization of men and boys. We encourage men to become involved in the festival and take on an active role in an artistic dialogue on gender equality. We invite men artists, filmmakers, comic
creators, musicians, writers, and other creative professionals passionate about women’s rights to take part in the festival’s online events and support women’s
movement.

We especially encourage male leaders to taken action in
support of gender equality.

Power of Online

International Involvement

Held online, Baturu for Beijing +25 brings to China a multitude of cultural figures and environments impossible to assemble for an offline festival. The festival’s participants include feminist American and Chinese artist, comic creators from China, Europe and America, writers from New York amongst others.

Large Audience

Online events as part of Baturu for Beijing + 25 provide access to Chinese and international audiences. We expect more than 1000000 people to attend our event online. For the recent years Baturu has been expanding its audience through social media and online activities such as screenings, recorded Q&A seasons, Zoom workshops and live-streamed discussions that had a huge success with the audiences.

Interactivity

Despite the absence of physical presence, the internet allows a variety of opportunities for interaction. Along with traditional conversation formats it allows space for creativity and novelty – such as interactive musical performances and real-time co-creation workshops.

How to Participate

For Organisations:

We kindly ask cultural organisations to support Baturu for Beijing +25 in one of the following ways:
1. GUESTS – invite your partners and friends – artists, filmmakers, writers, musicians, comic artists and other
creators – to participate online in Baturu for Beijing+25. We welcome creative approaches and
unconventional formats and by now have come up with the following types of activities: solo event, dialogue
event and co-creation event. Events with international guests will be simultaneously translated and streamed
for Chinese and international audiences;
2. PROMOTION – provide support in promoting Baturu for Beijing+25 in social media;
3. SPEECH – record a speech by a representative of your organisation in support of the event;
4. FINANCIAL SUPPORT – support the event financially by funding the participation of a speaker;
5. TECHNICAL SUPPORT – provide interpreters for events with international guests.

For Individuals / Solo Event:

Solo event is an online event (a lecture, musical performance, speech etc) hosted by one person. Solo events are held by artists, filmmakers and
professionals of other creative fields from all over the world. The program includes:
• A series of talks with film directors analysing films from the feminist perspective (list of directors TBC);
• Workshops by Chinese and Austrian comic artists;
• Workshops with writers from PEN America;
• Musical performances.

For Individuals / Dialogue Event:

Dialogue event is an online event hosted by several guests (a forum, conference, conversation, collective musical performance). Dialogue-format events bring together speakers from different corners of the world allowing them to share opinions in front of Chinese and international audiences. Dialogue events as part of Baturu for Beijing + 25 include:
• A forum on film curating with Karin Fornander(BFFW) and Cynthia-Laure Etom (WiF – France);
• A forum on filmmaking with directors from China, Europe and America;
• A panel discussion on history of art from the feminist perspective;
• Panel discussions with comic artists from China, Europe and America.

Partners 2020

This year the festival’s events are curated and held by the Baturu festival in collaboration with partners. Our strategic partner is China Women’s Film Festival. Institutional partners include the Cervantes Institute, the Embassy of Mexico, the Embassy of Colombia, the Embassy of Uruguay, the Embassy of Austria, Nextcomic Festival, Berlin Feminist Film Week, PEN America, Chinese comic art company Total Vision, Variety magazine, publishing company Lianbangzouma.

About Baturu

History

The Baturu Festival and the China Women’s Film Festival are organised by the Crossroads Centre, a Beijing-based social enterprise that uses art and film to promote a dialogue between Chinese and other cultures putting an emphasis on women’s issues.

The China Women’s Film Festival (CWFF) was launched in Beijing in 2013 and since 2018 was held both in Beijing and Hong Kong. While the festival in Hong Kong retained its focus on the film industry, the Beijing edition grew into an interdisciplinary event and in 2019 was renamed into Baturu Cultural Festival.

For their history of 8 years, the festivals screened more than 300 films in Beijing, cities of mainland China and Hong Kong.

In 2014, CWFF was awarded the Intercultural Achievement Award from the Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs of Austria.

In 2017, the Crossroads Centre organised the first exhibition of feminist comic books in China.

Baturu Online

In 2018, we launched Chinese Young Female Filmmakers Network — an initiative that connects students from 50 universities in China to film institutes abroad. Since then, the network has collaborated with the TVSchool of the Inland University (Lillehammer) on an online course on filmmaking.

In 2020, we launched a series of online film festivals in partnership with the French film school CineFabrique in Lyon (France), the Tapis Rouge Films company in Québec (Canada) and Amandus Film Festival in Lillehammer (Norway). The Quebec online festival got more than 50 000 views during three
weeks.

In June 2020, we launched an online course on feminist film criticism led by Clara Bradbury-Rance (King's College London) which has a huge success among Chinese film specialists and will be followed by a series of discussions with wider audiences led by the course’s students.

Press

For the past editions, the events of the Baturu Cultural Festival and the China Women’s Film Festival were covered by leading Chinese media such as CGTN, CCTV6, Sanwen 8, South China Morning Post, entertainment and local media such as TheBeijinger, Culture Trip, TimeOut as well as and international press such as BBC,
Associated Press and Variety.