Learn about the Human Body, Architecture on Display, Cochlear Hearing Implants & More
Edition 31, September 9, 2015
Ma La Koala - Newsletter of the Australian Consulate-General in Chengdu

Humanoid Discovery: Wonders of the Human Body

Take a look at the human body from a different perspective at Chengdu’s latest Australian exhibition “Humanoid Discovery: Wonders of the Human Body” (pictured). Through 22 interactive science exhibits, visitors can experiment and test how different body systems and organs function as they are taken on a journey of the human body. Designed and developed by Perth’s Scitech Discovery Centre, Exhibition Producer Tony Riggio told Ma La “learning about the human body has never been more fun. People of all ages can learn about their bodies in interactive and quirky ways”.

Science Teacher Simon Maddy will travel from Chengdu’s sister city Perth to go beyond the exhibition with visitors and explain the fundamental science of the human body. The exhibition is supported by the Australian Consulate-General in Chengdu. “Humanoid Discovery: Wonders of the Human Body” will be on display at Building B, 339 Mall, Sichuan TV Tower, Chengdu from 24 September until 1 December. Tickets are available at the door.


China Direct Aid Program Applications Open

The Australian Government’s aid program for small scale, high impact development projects is now open for applications in 2015 – 2016.  Individuals, community groups and NGOs looking to fund development activities in China are invited to apply for grants of up to $50,000.  In southwest China, Australia’s Direct Aid Program has previously supported
cataract surgery in Yunnan (pictured) and water safety projects in Guizhou. Applications close 25 September, 2015. Learn more

Hearing Again - Cochlear Implants in Sichuan

Cochlear Australia has opened a one stop shop for Sichuan’s hearing impaired to help regain the gift of sound. Consul-General Nancy Gordon (pictured with 5 year-old Cochlear implant recipient Zhu Jingyao) opened the “Customer Experience and Service Centre” at Sichuan’s Bayi Rehabilitation Hospital on 1 September. A first for China, the Centre helps patients find the right kind of implants and offers speech therapy and other training for patients with Cochlear implants. With video-conferencing, trainers at the Centre can reach implant recipients in small villages throughout Sichuan. The centre is a culmination of more than a decade of co-operation between Australian-owned Cochlear and hospitals in Sichuan which has seen more than 700 people, mainly children, hear for the first time. Cochlear is the global market leader in implantable hearing solutions and a top 100 company on the Australian Stock Exchange.

Asialink Art Residencies 2016 Program Opens

Melbourne’s Asialink is seeking artists for its 2016 China residency program. Accommodation, funding and creative space is available across southwest China and Asia. Artists looking to create meaningful and enduring relationships between Australia and Asia through art are invited to apply online before 29 September. Learn more
Not Yet Time For Teahouse Tunes

Chengdu says goodbye to Melbourne’s Chamber Made Opera following the completion of a residency at the Sichuan Conservatorium of Music. Six Australian and four Chinese artists (pictured) spent two weeks together collaboratively composing a new intercultural work of music. “Chengdu Teahouse Project”, as it is tentatively titled, will be further developed for performances in Australia and China in 2016.
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Urban Planning and Architectural Design

The "2015 South China Urban Planning and Architectural Design Exhibition" is dedicated to exploring the ideas behind architectural design in Australia and China. Supported by Austrade, the exhibition will be on display at Chengdu’s Fangsuo Commune until 20 September. Learn more
Alumni Unlimited

Aussies and alumni enjoyed a cool drink in the heat of a hot Friday night sun. See you all next month!

Water Pushes Sand to Australia

Fresh from performances in Chengdu, Australia’s Erik Griswold and superstar Sichuan composer Zou Xiangping are poised to bring “Water Pushes Sand” (pictured above) to Australia. The all new musical piece explores the connections between musical traditions in Australia and Sichuan. “Water Pushes Sand” will play as part of the Adelaide OzAsia Festival on 2 October and the Melbourne Festival on 9 and 10 October.
Upcoming Events

September 5 - 20
"2015 South China Urban Planning and Architectural Design Exhibition", Fangsuo Commune, No.8, Zhongshamao Rd, Chengdu.

September 24 - December 1
“Humanoid Discovery: Wonders of the Human Body” exhibition, Building B, 339 Mall, Sichuan TV Tower, Mengzhuiwan Rd, Chengdu. 

September 25
Aussie and Alumni Bar Night, 6:30pm, Keg King, 2nd Floor, Raffles City, No. 3, South Renmin Rd, Chengdu.
小吃   Little Bites

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