Beijing Municipal People's Government

Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China

Ministry of Culture of the People's Republic of China



China Central Academy of Fine Arts

The Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) is the only national art education institution in China directly under the Ministry of Education, exclusively dedicated to the education of the fine arts, including painting, sculpture, design, architecture and art history. Tracing back to the National Beiping Art School, the earliest national art school in China founded in 1918, CAFA was incorporated in 1950, soon after the founding of the People's Republic of China. It now offers undergraduate, postgraduate and Ph.D. programmes in fine art, design, architecture and art theory and history, and prepares the students for a creative career in the arts both in China and abroad.

The design programme of CAFA was renewed in 1995 in the name of the Department of Art Design, after a break of some forty years, and became the School of Design in October, 2002. With the goal of preparing and training the students as future professionals in design with creative thinking and practical capabilities, the School of Design offers undergraduate, graduate and Ph.D. degrees in programs ranging from visual communication design, product design, fashion design, photography, digital media to design theory and history. The School of Design plays an important role in promoting design in China and is intensively involved in design activities, most noticeable of which are its designs for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.


National Centre for the Performing Arts 

National Centre for the Performing Arts is a dynamic new icon to the arts in the heart of old Beijing. The Centre's ultra-modern architecture is in sharp contrast to its neighbours, the Great Hall of the People, Tian'anmen Square and the ancient Forbidden City. The National Centre for the Performing Arts is far more than a spectacular and futuristic building. 

It is China's new face on the performing arts. It will showcase China's burgeoning international stars and celebrate the creativity of its many ethnic cultures. The Centre hosted its first official concert on December 22, 2007, signaling a coming of age for performance art in China. Three main performance venues, along with a host of resource facilities, are cunningly housed under the Centre's ellipsoid shell.

The 2,398-seat Opera House is the Centre's largest venue and boasts the most advanced staging equipment available. It will host the most elaborate productions from the world's most creative artists. The Concert Hall, which can seat an audience of 2,019, was designed with superior acoustics. It will host symphony orchestras and national music performances. The 1,035-seat Theatre is also equipped with hi-tech, theatrical staging and audio visual equipment. It will mainly host traditional Chinese operas and modern dramas.

National Centre for the Performing Arts also hosts a variety of Auxiliary Facilities and spaces that are dedicated to public use. Jointly known as the "The Fifth Space", they include the underwater corridor, an exhibition gallery and a resource centre along with souvenir shops and cafes.

Both inside and out, China's new National Centre for the Performing Arts is a must-see attraction. The Centre's surrounding Landscape: its gardens and trees, its lake and pedestrian-only paths are an invitation to a leisurely stroll around the arts facility. We hope you are inspired to think creative thoughts.


Beijing Industrial Design Center

Member of International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID), International Council of Graphic Design Associations (ICOGRADA), Member of China Industrial Design Association (CIDA), and recognised by ISO9001 International Quality Management System.

Established in 1995, Beijing Industrial Design Center (BIDC) is directly affiliated with Beijing Municipal Science & Technology Commission. BIDC assists the government in promoting the development of design industries as a public institution and an independent entity.

Taking advantage of Beijing's cultural, technological and intellectual resources, BIDC strives to highlight the value of design on a technological level, enhance enterprises’ ability of independent innovation and promote the development of design industry.

BIDC investigates the development of the design industry by doing statistical research, undertakes design projects, helps small and medium sized companies in applying for municipal grants, provides design consultation for enterprises and release updated information of the design industry. It is also committed to international exchanges and cooperation in design and holds design forums, exhibitions and workshops regularly.

Being in close contact with the government, design agencies, educational institutions, manufacturers, industrial parks, international organisations and even social groups, BIDC engages in constructing the Design Resource Cooperation network. With Beijing DRC Industrial Design Innovation Base, BIDC builds a platform where advancements in design innovation, information, rendering, material, modeling, printing, photography, and testing can be shared, as well as provides guidance and facilities for designers to start their ow§sn business.

BIDC is the organiser of the annual China Red Star Design Award, which aims to advance intellectual property rights protection and to promote the internationalisation of Chinese design.


Beijing Gehua Cultural Development Group

Incorporated in December 1997, Gehua Cultural Development Group is a large state-owned cultural business in Beijing committed to cultural services provision and the promotion of the cultural and creative industries. Gehua is actively involved in a number of large cultural projects and was a major service provider to the Beijing Olympics in ticketing, BIMC (Beijing International Media Centre), One World One Dream theme exhibition, music production for the opening and closing ceremonies among other projects.

Sharing a mission of promoting the role of design and creativity in China, Gehua Group joins CAFA as a co-organizer of the Icograda World Design Congress 2009 Beijing and collaborates with CAFA in the planning and execution of the Congress programme and events. Gehua plays a special role in fostering the awareness of design in the Chinese public through media campaigns and in organizing exhibitions at the China Millennium Monument, an important venue of cultural events in Beijing managed by Gehua Group.


Special Advisor:
Huang Kejian
Ron Newman
Hu Jianfen