When we received our invitation from the Communication University of China (CUC), the goal was immediately clear: tell students, TV producers and independent Chinese documentary makers how they can make a documentary that wins the grand prize at IDFA, the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam. The IDFA is generally recognized as the most prestigious and largest documentary festival in the world. Over 3000 films are submitted, some 300 are selected for screenings, of which only 15 make it to the international feature length competition. How to enter this elite group of productions? The Dutch documentaries have been in that competition for years.
The year 2015 has barely started, but in January alone, Beijing-based millinery millenary designer Elisabeth Koch has already given a talk at TEDx, her hats have appeared in various magazines, and on top of that, she was featured in a documentary by CRI (in English).
In 2011, while in detention, Ni Yulan won the Human Rights Tulip, a Dutch annual award for human rights defenders. The award came with a prize of €100,000 for the implementation of a human rights project.
On Feb 2 , Nick Hong from the agriculture department at the Consulate in Shanghai accompanied Mr. Bram Koppert and Ms. Joyce Liu from Koppert Biological System to Shanghai Agricultural Technology Extension and Service Center (ATE) where they were received by Madam Yuren Guo, its Deputy Director. Mr. Chunlai He and Ms Wenjin Xu from the Shanghai Municipal Agricultural Commission attended the meeting as well.
The Dutch health care system is again the best in Europe, according to the Euro Health Consumer Index (EHCI). Ever since a major reform of the health care system in 2006, the Dutch system received more points in the Index each year. It has consistently been part of the EHCI top 3 in recent years.
Food safety and sustainability are hot topics in China after a myriad of food scandals in recent years. Public trust about the quality and origin of food stuffs is low – imported products are increasingly popular among those who can afford them. On January 21st, the embassy organized a seminar about the challenges around these topics for Dutch entrepreneurs in China.
Mr Henk Kamp, Minister of Economic Affairs of the Netherlands, will travel to the Chinese cities of Beijing, Chongqing and the province of Sichuan, including its capital Chengdu, in the last week of January (26-30 January). The aim of his visit is to enhance existing economic ties in these locations and to explore new opportunities for cooperation in Chinese and Dutch key sectors. The Netherlands government attaches great importance to the bilateral relations with the People’s Republic of China. The Netherlands, as a country with many highly innovative industries, is already an important player in China as China’s second most important trading partner in the European Union after Germany. China is the third-largest investor in the Netherlands.
On 9 January 2015, Dr Niek Rengers (1939) received the 2014 International Science and Technology Cooperation Award from President Xi Jinping en Premier Li Keqiang during an impressive ceremony in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Dr Rengers is one of the first Dutch scientists to receive this prestigious award. The award acknowledges the importance of his work on the study and prevention of geological disasters in China.
BenCham is delighted to invite you to the New Year's Drink on 23rd of January at the Belgian embassy and cheers to a new fruitful and prosperous 2015!
The Dutch representations to China are closed on Christmas Day, Thursday, 25 December 2014, and on Boxing Day, Friday, 26 December 2014. The representations are also closed on New Year’s Day, Thursday, 1 January 2015, and on Friday, 2 January 2015 (bridge day). The consulate-general in Chongqing is additionally closed from Monday, 22 December 2014 until Wednesday, 24 December 2014.