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    Radio 3's 'Focus on China'

    Chinese women buying clothes in a Beijing store

    As part of the BBC Focus on China, Radio 3 presents two weeks of programmes investigating the music and cultural life of the world’s most populous and rapidly developing country – in the year it steps centre stage of global attention.

      Picture of poetry writing
      Your Inner Poet unleashed

      Send in poetry on your impressions of China
      Read the poetry

        Rice Terraces in Yuanyang, Yunnan Province (photo by World Routes team)
        World Routes - Sat at 3pm

        14 June - Music from the Yi and Hani ethnic minorities in Yunnan Province.
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        21 June - Music from the Uyghur people in Xinjiang. 
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          Chinese Zither
          Hear and Now - Saturday at 11pm

          14 June -  Beijing Contemporary Music Ensemble - new and established composers.
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          21 June - The Electronic Music Scene in Shanghai.
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          Read Robert Worby's China diary

            At the Piano
            Sunday Feature - June 15 at 9.40pm

            The Red Piano Factory:
            The story of classical music in China told through the Pearl River Piano Factory.
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            Gallery of Photos from the programme

              Ruan - Chinese musical instrument
              Words and Music - Sunday Jun 15 at 10.25pm

              A Chinese Anthology
              Fifteen centuries of Chinese poetry with Chinese classical and folk music.
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                Mao Tse Tung
                The Essay - 16 to 19 June at 11pm

                English Takeaway:
                Four essays on historical episodes of Chinese engagement in Britain.
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                  Chinese Newspaper
                  Night Waves - Wed 18 June at 9.45pm

                  In China every news stand displays a dazzling array of consumer magazines, business journals and newspapers. Television channels, too, have proliferated. But in this vibrant media scene how freely can the media operate?
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                    Music Matters - Sat June 21 at 12.15pm

                    Reporting from Chinese concert halls, schools, conservatoires and the city street on contemporary attitudes to classical music in China
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                    View photo gallery

                      Tibetan Flag
                      Sunday Feature - 22 Jun at 9.40pm

                      Flowers in the Backyard:
                      The cultural politics of China's minorities.
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                        BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
                        Performance on 3 - 23 and 24 June at 7pm

                        Concerts recorded on the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra's tour of China, in Beijing and Hangzhou.
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                          The Essay - Mon 23 to 26 June at 11pm

                          Nature in China: 
                          Four walks in China by writer on nature Robert Macfarlane
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                            Tan Dun
                            Afternoon on 3 - Mon 23 to 26 June at 2pm

                            Will incorporate a range of performances of music by Chinese composers, plus Chinese artists performing other classical music
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                              Terracotta Warrior
                              Night Waves - 25 June

                              Nightwaves programmes will include interviews with key thinkers and artists discussing the cultural affairs of China
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                                Chinese woman reading
                                The Verb - Friday 27 June at 9.45pm

                                Chinese Literature Special
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