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The Meridian Society’s Chinese New Year Celebration, Sunday 26th January

January 26, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Our partner organisation The Meridian Society has arranged a Chinese New Year Celebration and invites SACU members to join them. Firstly they will be going to BFI Southbank for the film Four Springs which documents the daily life of the director’s family over four Chinese New Years in the remote town of Dushan in the Guizhou province of southwest China. Afterwards they will be going for a Chinese New Year meal at Taste of China in Bloomsbury. The two can be booked separately or together.

Times and venues

Places are limited so please email The Meridian Society early to reserve your place. The deadline for booking and payment is Friday 17th January. Priority will be given to current Meridian Society members, supporters who book for both events, then on a ‘first come first served’ basis.


Four Springs (2017) by Lu Qingyi

Four Springs is an award-winning independent documentary made on a tiny budget by first time director Lu Quingyi.   Set in a remote rural town this intimate observational film follows the director’s parents as they celebrate New Year over a period of four years.  It captures the family’s everyday toils, excursions in nature, visits to friends, reunions and separations.

In 2013 Lu Qingyi with no prior training started to shoot his family on visits home as part of a diary. Unusually for an independent documentary the film attracted attention in China and was released in mainstream Chinese cinema’s where it became a surprise box-office hit

Four Springs is showing as part of the Chinese Visual Festival.



  • Members of The Meridian Society
    meal £25, film £12.50 (£10.50 concessions*), combined £37 (£35)
  • Associates (members of SACU and family members of Meridian Society members)
    meal £27.50, film £12.50 (£10.50 concessions*), combined £39 (£37)
  • Non-members
    meal £30, film £12.50 (£10.50 concessions*), combined £42 (£40)* concessions for the film are available to seniors, students, unwaged and disabled (evidence required on the day).
    Please note:  Members of BFI pay lower prices and may prefer to buy their own tickets.Places will be confirmed on receipt of payment. Payment should therefore be made as soon as possible and no later than Friday 17th January.

    Please send your cheque made payable to ‘The Meridian Society’ to:  The Treasurer, 5 Mildmay Street, London N1 4AB.

    Alternatively email The Meridian Society  and they will forward their account details if you wish to pay by direct bank transfer.


January 26, 2020
2:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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