Celebrate Lantern Festival with The Meridian Society!

Sunday 5th February 2023

We hope the Year of the Rabbit has started off well for everyone. As Lantern Festival marks the day of the first full moon in the new Lunar New Year and the last day of the Spring Festival, The Meridian Society invites members and friends to join us for brunch and a film show, details below. Chinese brunch with vegetarian options will be served at Noodle & Snack. Members will know the premises well from when it was under flautist Guo Yue’s management. As the name suggests, the new proprietor specialises in noodles, but also offers dumplings and rice, and promises to give us a hearty meal to celebrate the festival.

Brunch will be followed by a film show at BFI Southbank. What about China? Scholar, artist and filmmaker Trinh Minh-ha combines travelogue-style video – shot in the 1990s during her visit to rural areas of the country – with poetry, folk songs and oral histories as a way of meditating on China’s past, present and future. In this profound, immersive work, the filmmaker holds a mirror to the women and children she encounters in their communal spaces, reflecting on what has been lost and what we are in the process of forgetting.

Programme for the day:

11:30 am: Brunch at Noodle & Snack, 145 Cleveland St, London W1T 6QH (nearest tube station: Great Portland St)
2.00 pm Collect your cinema ticket from Wenlan at BFI Southbank Box Office
2.30 pm: What about China? by Trinh Minh-ha
USA-China-Singapore 2022
135 mins
NFT3, BFI Southbank, Belvedere Rd, London SE1 8XT
In English and Chinese with English subtitles
(Please gather by the Ticket Office at 2 pm to collect your ticket. Seats are not numbered.)

Members £16.50; Associates (SACU members, SOAS Chinese Culture Society
members and TMS members’ family and friends) £17.25
Non-members: £18.00

Adults: £12.50
Concessions: £10.20 (Seniors and Students)

Reservations and Payment:
As time is short, please make your reservation(s), indicating whether you want brunch only, brunch + film show, or film show only by emailing themeridiansociety@gmail.com no later than 31st January, but preferably as soon as you can.

Those booking the meal should indicate if they are vegetarian, gluten intolerant or have other dietary requirements.

Payment must be made in advance preferably by transfer to the Meridian Society bank account (details available on reservation).

Do join us! After a break of two or more years, we hope to see as many of you at this event as possible!