BLF Grand Finale

BLF 2014 closed out in style this past weekend. Friday night’s standup comedy show saw Dashan, Des Bishop and three Beijing comedians bring the concept of standup to local audiences for the first time, in a riotous evening of Chinese comedy that played to a packed house.

On Saturday night a big crowd turned out to hear Australian journalist Benjamin Law’s take on being gay in Asia and stayed on for our annual open mic event, which this year was a rainbow cabaret with silk stockings, feather boas and musical talent all on display. Acts included teenage slam poet Emy Booz and musician Katie Williams, Beijing poet Chun Sue, with impromptu English translation by Lance Pursey, who also performed his own songs, and local singer-song writer Max Yu.

On Sunday afternoon another local talent, Andrew Derham, shared some insights into crime fiction, and Chun Sue was also back on stage for the final event of the festival, with a slide show and music illustrating Beijing’s vibrant punk and rock and roll scene in the late 90s.

It’s been a rollercoaster couple of weeks at the Bookworm and one of our most successful and exciting festivals ever. Thanks to all our sponsors and volunteers and to our wonderful audiences for your support and participation. Watch this space for news of BLF 2015!

Dashan and friends Dashan audience

DSC_9719-001 Benjamin and Lance

Ivan and Kelsey Shelly and Echo

Katie Williams Max Yu

Nathan and Andrew

Chun Sue outside Kelsey and Chun Sue

Dashan on stage