Sunday 26th January
The Meridian Society’s Chinese New Year Celebration

The Meridian Society invites you to join us for our Chinese New Year celebration. Firstly we will be going to BFI Southbank for the film Four Springs which documents the daily life of the director’s family over four Chinese New Years in the remote town of Dushan in the Guizhou province of southwest China. Afterwards we will be going for a Chinese new year meal at Taste of China in Bloomsbury. The two can be booked separately or together.


  • 14.00 for 14.20 at BFI Southbank (website for directions)
  • 17.30 for 18.00 at Taste of China, (googlemaps for directions)

As places are limited please e-mail to reserve your place early. The deadline for booking and payment is Friday 17th January.
Priority will be given to current Meridian Society members, supporters who book for both events, then on a ‘first come first served’ basis.

Taste of China

Set menu to follow

Four Springs (2017) by Lu Qingyi

Four Springs is an award-winning independent documentary made on a tiny budget by first time director Lu Quingyi. Set in a remote rural town this intimate observational film follows the director’s parents as they celebrate New Year over a period of four years. It captures the family’s everyday toils, excursions in nature, visits to friends, reunions and separations.

In 2013 Lu Qingyi with no prior training started to shoot his family on visits home as part of a diary. Unusually for an independent documentary the film attracted attention in China and was released in mainstream Chinese cinema’s where it became a surprise box-office hit.

Four Springs is showing as part of the Chinese Visual Festival.

Members of The Meridian Society
lunch £25, film £12.50 (£10.50 concessions*), combined £37 (£35)
Associates (members of SACU and family members of Meridian Society members)
lunch £27.50, film £12.50 (£10.50 concessions*), combined £39 (£37)
lunch £30, film £12.50 (£10.50 concessions*), combined £42 (£40)
* concessions for the film are available to seniors, students, unwaged and disabled (evidence required on the day).
Please note: Members of BFI pay lower prices and may prefer to buy their own tickets.

Places will be confirmed on receipt of payment. Payment should therefore be made as soon as possible and no later than Friday 17th January.

Please send your cheque made payable to ‘The Meridian Society’ to: The Treasurer, 5 Mildmay Street, London N1 4AB. Alternatively contact us and we will forward our account details if you wish to pay by direct bank transfer.