China's largest British art festival will start in Beijing in early April, which will be the largest festival for the British arts and creative industries ever held in China. The festival will bring hundreds of events to tens of millions of people across the country between April and November 2012.
It is organized by the British Council, which operates in China as the Cultural and Education Section of the British Embassy.
The program will feature a cross-section of the UK's most celebrated and established artists as well as up-and-coming talents in dance, design, film, literature, music, fashion, theater and visual arts.
"This festival is a major event in an auspicious year that marks not only the London Olympics but also the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations between China and the UK," British Ambassador to China Sebastian Wood said.
Festival highlights in April and May will include exhibitions from Turner Prize-winning sculptor Tony Cragg and photographer Rankin, tours by the English National Ballet, and performances by the Philharmonia Orchestra, according to the British Council.