A Celestial Evening

A Celestial Evening
Exclusive exhibition viewing Special event

Booked out
Chinese opera character
23 January 2016, 6pm-late
Foyer, Ground floor

$120 (all inclusive)

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Enjoy a delicious Chinese-inspired meal, a glass of champagne and a tour of the exhibition by curator Nathan Woolley. You will also receive a signed copy of the exhibition’s companion publication.

Celestial Empire: Life in China, 1644-1911

Experience 300 years of Chinese culture and tradition from two of the world’s great libraries. From life at court to life in the villages and fields, glimpse the world of China’s last imperial dynasty and its wealth of cultural tradition.


Shredded duck in wonton cups with crisp Asian salad
Green paw paw salad with crispy shallots, cherry tomatoes and mizuna (V)

Steamed Atlantic Salmon Fillet on a bed of fragrant jasmine rice with bok choy, ginger and spring onions, drizzled in a chilli and lime glaze (GF)
Slow braised pork belly resting on a wok tossed medley of soba noodles, shitake mushrooms, soy, star anise and shao xing broth

Pandan panna cotta with black sesame ice cream and mango puree (GF)
Ginger & Lime pudding with poached lychees and creme fraiche

The lavishly illustrated exhibition companion publication, also titled Celestial Empire: Life in China, 1644-1911, offers insight and context into the complex world of life under the Qing through a selection of exhibition items.


Portrait of Nathan Woolley

Exhibition curator Nathan Woolley is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Australian Centre on China in the World, within the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific. His research focusses on the role of religion in regional Chinese history.