Rock God and Provocateur Par Excellence Cui Jian in Hong Kong for Poetry Event

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China’s hard-rocker and provocateur par excellence Cui Jian comes to Hong Kong for a poetry event established by renowned Chinese wordsmith Bei Dao.



Tackling the theme “An Ancient Enmity” will be a group of leading poets and lyricists at this year’s edition of the International Poetry Nights, a five-day festival.

This is the first step before a tour in China, and will include readings and discussions that will pick apart the place of poetry in contemporary China.

Established in 2009 by acclaimed Chinese poet Bei Dao, this year’s edition will feature a rabble rousing performance by legendary rock star Cui Jian.

Forthright and musically experimental Jian has played a leading role in China’s popular music scene since the 80s, and his polemic lyrics once put him in hot water with the Chinese authorities. He has since played alongside the Rolling Stones and Public Enemy.

Additional highlights include a dialogue discussion presented by famous Syrian poet Adonis and Japanese poet Shuntaro Tanikawa, and a one-month exhibition showcasing works from the past four Poetry Nights.

Language: Mandarin, Cantonese and English

Panel discussions and poetry recitation are free of admission, but advance booking is required.

Tickets for the opening concert The Secret of Heaven can be obtained by contacting


When: 22 Nov 2017 - 26 Nov 2017 Where: Various, Hong Kong