The Meridian Society promotes Chinese culture with the aim of fostering better understanding between people of Chinese origin and those from other ethnic backgrounds, both in the UK and worldwide.


Events and Activities

We run a lively and diverse programme of events and activities to appeal to audiences of all ages, tastes and backgrounds, including people of Chinese origin who wish to learn more about their own cultural heritage, as well as members of the general public wishing to gain a deeper insight into China’s ancient civilisation and contemporary society. Regular activities include:

  • talks on various aspects of Chinese culture
  • educational programmes and arts workshops
  • film screenings, exhibitions and cultural performances
  • heritage projects
  • dinner-debates
  • social get-togethers at Chinese New Year and other Chinese festivals
  • public displays and outdoor spectacles
  • exclusive online content

Next Event


Date: Wednesday 19th July 2023~
Time: 12 noon
Venue: SOAS, Russell Square, WC1B 5DQ. 

(Please meet at the steps of the Brunei Gallery)

Please let us know by Wednesday 12th July if you can attend.  

Sacred Truths: 

An Interactive Calligraphy Workshop~With Qu Leilei and Caroline Deane

Date: Wednesday 19th July 2023~
Time: 13.00 – 15-00
Venue: Brunei Gallery, SOAS, Russell Square, WC1B 5DQ.

How does calligraphic imagination find its locus in contemporary art? Featuring artists Qu Leilei and Caroline Deane, this interactive event mobilises the art of Chinese calligraphy to the entire toxic system of misinformation of our time.

The event is free, but places must be booked in advance. Please register your interest by emailing no later than Wednesday 12th July or book through this link:


A new addition to our website, Spotlight features interviews with
individuals talking about their life, work and experiences. If you would like to contribute to this page, please contact us.

For our first Spotlight we feature an online art exhibition of photographs by Yujie Gao who recently completed an online  Master of Arts at The University of the Arts, London.
CLICK HERE to see more of her works and to read an interview conducted by George Harvey.

Remembering Francis Moll

It is with great sadness that we have to inform you of Francis Moll’s passing. Francis served as Trustee/Director of The Meridian Society from 2015 to 2021 and carried out his duties as Secretary with the greatest diligence and deepest sense of responsibility. Despite his physical disability, he valued his independence and would partake in every activity possible, joined all the society’s tours to China and trudged with us through the battlefields of the Somme to commemorate the Chinese Labour Corps. In his spare time, he kept a keen eye on the stock market and would gladly give novices a tip or two. Those of you who knew Francis will remember that he was always of a cheerful disposition and enjoyed a good chat with friends old and new. We will miss him sorely.