The China Information Company


As a cultural region with a tremendously long tradition, China has always been a subject of western fantasies, hopes and projections. However: “The imagination and the real reality about China: I think many people are interested in China, but most of the talk about China is from their imagination.“ (Pritzker Award-winner Wang Shu, 2012).

Alice Schmatzberger and Ingrid Fischer-Schreiber thus founded ChinaCultureDesk to contribute to a greater diversity of images of China in encounters with contemporary China. ChinaCultureDesk offers a broad platform for information, communication, project development, and networking between Austria and China. Our topics: Services

ChinaCultureDesk is operated by:

Alice Schmatzberger
Biochemist, art historian, city dweller and independant writer, speaker, cultural project manager, and moderator. Until 2019 scientific member of the Austrian Federal Commission on Genetic Engineering as well as co-chair of the Austrian Federal Commission on Nanotechnology. Since September 2022 member of the China Prefecture of Ordo Equestris Vini Europae. China topics: contemporary art, wine, philosophy of science. Publications & books: Alice_on_China (pdf). Further details:

IngridIngrid Fischer-Schreiber
Translator, expert for cultural exchange, project manager. First encounter with China 1980 – 1982 as a student in Beijing. Co-author of the “Lexikon östlicher Weisheitslehren” (1986), translations of fundamental Daoist texts. Ars Electronica staff member for many years. Most recent China-related focal points: digital culture, especially social media. Further details: LinkedIn, Twitter

VerenaVerena Nowotny
Communications strategist, (social) policy junkie, city gal. China focus: societal trends, philosophy and inter-cultural exchange. Co-author of “China’s Road Ahead” (Springer 2014). Activities: events, networking, publications. Further details:


Jing Song
Study of International Business Administration, University of Vienna. Study of Photography (Fine Arts), University for Applied Arts, Vienna. Independant artist. Project assistant in research, orgProjektassistenz für Recherche, organisation, networking. Further details: Jing Song


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  2. My name is Shiyu, and I am an alumnus of the London School of Economics and Political Science. Currently, I am based in Chengdu, in the southwest region of China, working for a state-owned cultural enterprise. Our organization is dedicated to promoting the internationally recognized Intangible Cultural Heritage of Zigong lanterns, with a mission to bring the enchanting Chinese Lantern Festival to the global stage, as well as promoting an cross-cultural exchange around the world.

    We are committed to creating an interactive cultural and consumer experience around the Sichuan Lanterns and the local cultures, and we have successfully hosted lantern festivals in several renowned cities around the world. One of our long-term partners has held annual lantern festivals at Longleat in the UK for several years, which have been featured by the BBC and have become a significant cross-cultural event that locals eagerly anticipate each year. Considering the huge number of visitors in Vienna and the long-lasting friendship between China and Austria, there appears to be a good opportunity for a Chinese cultural event in this city in the future 5 years. Now, we are keen to explore the possibility of collaborating with your esteemed center to discuss the potential of establishing an exciting cross-cultural entertainment project in your city. We believe that such a project would not only yield mutual economic benefits but also enhance the brand impact of Chinese culture and the local culture on a wider scale. Should our operations prove successful, we are hopeful that we can cultivate a carnival in your city that may become an annual lantern-viewing ceremony, attracting guests from neighboring cities to partake in this celebrated festivity.

    I also have a proposal where the details of the festival are outlined. But since I could not find you Email, I have to leave a message there.

    Thank you very much for considering this. I look forward to the possibility of our collaboration.

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