Atelier provides artistic education for all ages in Beijing. Founded in 2012 by a team of French professionals, Atelier has been offering a range of educational programs from its Sanlitun location. Atelier’s success is such that they are opening their second art school, right here in Shunyi. World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF’s) Earth Hour is a global annual event where hundreds of millions of people switch off their lights for one hour to show they care about our planet. Last year they hit an all-time record with 162 countries taking part. How you spend the hour is up to you. You could have dinner by candlelight, read a book, or if you want to do something a little different, you could mark the hour at Hilton Beijing Capital Airport Hotel. There’s one month to go until Harrowthon 2015, which gives you plenty of time to get race ready. This year’s event will be bigger, incorporating a health and happiness festival.
Atelier Art School
The performing, visual and literary arts school Atelier is opening a new art school in Shunyi. On Saturday March 28, from 11am- 4pm, the administrators will host a soft opening at the new location, inviting parents, potential students and community members to see all that the facility has to offer. Teachers will hold a meet and greet, and you can register for classes. Their Shunyi branch will boast a dark room and an atrium where students can exhibit their work. The soft opening event will be followed by a one week holiday workshop, from March 30 to April 3. The morning sessions are 10am-12pm for 5-8 year olds, afternoon sessions 1.30-4pm for 9-12 year olds. This Mayan themed workshop costs RMB 1,500.
Atelier Shunyi will commence with regular classes from April 6. There are courses and workshops, available for all age groups including adults, including visual arts, oil painting, graphic design, and up-cycling. The new art school will also be available to host Birthday parties. Atelier Shunyi, Central Park, at the crossing of Yufeng Road and AnHua Street (6416 1614, 132 4018 4908, firstname.lastname@example.org) www.atelier.cn.com/shunyi 会展誉景，位于裕丰路和安华街的路口
Hilton Worldwide Beijing Hotels will be marking Earth Hour, on Saturday March 28. All Hotels in the group will be switching their lights off between 8.30-9.30pm, to raise awareness of global environmental issues. Head to Hilton Beijing Capital Airport Hotel, where you can enjoy a painting exhibition, handicraft display, and the cutting of a special Earth-shaped cake. As well as celebrating Earth Hour by candlelight. There will be buy one get one free on environment “themed” cocktails, including “Lost Oasis” and the aptly named “Haze”. For more details contact (6458 8888, email@example.com) www.beijingairport.hilton.com
Harrow International School Beijing (HISB) will be holding this year’s Harrowthon on Sunday April 19, from 9am -1.30pm. The annual charity fun run brings together runners and spectators from across Beijing. Last year’s event raised over RMB 55,000 for charity. This year’s event will include 3K, 5K, and 10K races. Alongside the race events, will be a Health and Happiness Festival, with stalls promoting ways to enhance your health and happiness. International food stalls will be offering tastes from around the world. It promises to be a great day out, even if you’re not participating in any races.
Festival entry is free. Race entry is RMB 100, RMB 50 for kids aged 18 years and under. Entrance fee includes a t-shirt. All proceeds from the event will go to Alenah’s Home, a local charity. If you are interested in being a sponsor or vendor, please contact Grace Li (6444 8900 ext. 6801, GLi@harrowbeijing.cn). To register for a race, click here
beijingkids Shunyi Correspondent Sally Wilson moved to Beijing in 2010 from the UK with her husband and son. Her daughter was born here in 2011 and both her kids keep her happily busy. In her spare time, Sally loves to stroll through Beijing’s hutongs and parks. She is a (most of the time) keen runner and loves reading: books, magazines, news, and celeb websites – anything really. Sally is also a bit of a foodie and loves trying out new restaurants.
Photos: courtesy of Atelier, HISB, Alice Popkorn (Flickr)