CK is proud to be a sponsor of the Best of British Festival 2019!

Join Cultural Keys (and a whole lot of other Brit-linked businesses) for a momentous day for Britain in October beginning with B… no not that one! 

It’s the BEST OF BRITISH Festival 2019!!!

What is the Best of British Festival?

The Best of British Festival is an annual event aimed at raising awareness of entrepreneurs, innovators, small enterprises and charities with links to the UK… to highlight British products and services, and celebrate the success that small British businesses are finding in China! There will be afternoon tea, fish and chips, bangers and mash and Indian food, entertainment, a raffle every 2 hours and a panel discussion on doing business in China! 

Everyone is welcome at this event – no matter where you are from or which side of the Great British Debate you are on! So join us for this celebration of Britain in China, and let’s make community, success and inclusiveness the key themes of this great event!

What are the details?

Best of British Festival is on October 13th 11am – 5pm in the beautiful garden of the Ritz-Carlton Beijing at Dawanglu.  It is completely free to attend, no reservations needed!

Friends at Best of British 2018

What can I do there?

Browse the stalls of British entrepreneurs (or other nationalities selling British products) and charities. These include a large variety of product and service vendors: handicrafts, snacks and beverages, jewellery, toys, education services, a fortune teller* and more! Don’t forget your cloth bags as vendors will not be supplying disposable bags at this event!

*If you’d like a tea-leaf reading from AJ Donnelly, please book in advance by adding him on WeChat: AJDonnelly.

Support the attending charitable organisations, all founded by Brits and doing fantastic and much-needed work in Beijing! The British Club of Beijing; Migrant Children’s Foundation; Jane Goodall’s Roots and Shoots and Roundabout.

Eat mightily scrumptious foods from Crafters (beer, sausages & bangers ‘n’ mash); Parwaaz (Indian cuisine); Brit-themed cupcakes from Cake and Cupcakes by Rashmi; Spatula (fresh salmon); the Ritz-Carlton (fish ‘n’ chips, afternoon tea, sausage rolls). Please don’t forget to bring your own spoon or fork and tupperware box for food so we can reduce waste!

Talk to British entrepreneurs about Brits doing business here in China, and the challenges and opportunities they’ve faced, either on their stalls or at our panel discussion at 3pm. Our guests are: Alistair Warwick-Nelson, founder of the European Etiquette Academy; Joyce Connell, Managing Director of Insight Education, Ray Kelly from BlueStar AMG and Nura Demu, co-founder of Sista Sista. Together with Kiran Patel from the China-Britain Business Council they’ll be discussing the challenges and opportunities for British businesses in China.

Be entertained! We’ll have a dance performance from Beijing Hip Hop, a talk from Joe at THE BULK HOUSE, a kung fu display from Cultural Keys, raffle draws at 1pm, 3pm and 5pm… and a certain iconic Englishman (not Boris!) will be doing the rounds of the event too; see if you can spot him!  The kids can try their hand at Chinese calligraphy, take part in a painting competition, decorate  cupcakes and paint Rabbit Gods, or have their faces painted! 

Attend workshops – in kung fu, British tea culture, and calligraphy!

Meet the sponsors, to whom we are so grateful. Without their support this event would not have gone ahead! BlueStar AMG, ClubFootball, Cultural Keys, Fish4Dogs (via Château Canine), Insight Education, Sunshine Studios, and of course the Ritz-Carlton Beijing, our gracious hosts!

BLUESTAR AMG prides itself on its quality business practices in the fields of financial planning and asset management.

ClubFootball’s mission is to inspire, educate and energise China’s football enthusiasts – making them truly feel part of the global football community, and establishing a sense of ownership and passion for the game that has been absent for too long!

Cultural Keys is the number-one destination in Beijing for anyone interested in learning more about or experiencing traditional Chinese culture. From calligraphy and painting to martial arts and Chinese medicine, if you’d like to unlock the potential of China, Cultural Keys can help!

This UK-made premium dog food is made from fish, is rich in Omega 3, and provides a hypoallergenic, healthy, and nutritious balance for your dog at any age. In Beijing it’s sold at Chateau Canine!

Insight Education is an educational consultancy and career advancement service based in London that provides a roadmap into British schools, universities and international employment. We work with our international partners to provide a seamless service of support to students from around the world.

Sunshine Studios is an international dance, arts and entertainment company with studios, courses and talent agencies worldwide. Since opening its first branch in Manchester, UK in 2006, founded by Jerry Tse, it has gone on to expand into Norway, the USA, Thailand and China.

The Ritz-Carlton is a hotel in downtown Beijing that borrows style from the English countryside and embeds rituals from Chinese culture!

This event is not just for Brits – everyone is welcome  – so let’s show Beijing that Britain is more than just Boris and Brexit! 

Sista Sista at Best of British 2018

Event Schedule

11am – Event Opens

11.30am – Welcome speech from event organiser AJ Donnelly (English)

12pm – Newly Added Talk: Learn more about the work of the Migrant Children’s Foundation (English)

12.30pm – Workshop: Chinese calligraphy with Cultural Keys (English and 中文

1pm – Talk: Adopting a zero-waste lifestyle with THE BULK HOUSE (English).

2pm – Performance: Shaolin kung fu performance and workshop with Cultural Keys (English)

2.30pm – Performance: Beijing Hip Hop

3pm – Panel discussion: Challenges and Opportunities for Brits doing business in China (English)

4pm – Workshop: British Tea Culture with the European Etiquette Academy (English and 中文).

Talks and workshops are all approximately half an hour long and free of charge. Both adults and kids are welcome.

Note: The British Tea Culture workshop is offered free of charge but you’ll need to purchase a cream tea from the Ritz (63RMB) to participate and donations to baby Camila Cortavitarte  Urdandeta are kindly requested in lieu of payment.

To sign up for any of the above workshops please add AJDonnelly on WeChat. 

Food will be served throughout the day.

All details current as of October 13th 2019.

Playforever at Best of British 2018

How to get to the Best of British Festival 2019

By subway: Exit Dawanglu subway station Line 1 at exit A, then walk through the underpass in a straight line to the very end. Or exit Line 14 at exit H and turn left into the same underpass. You’ll come out facing the Apple Store. Turn left out of the underpass and walk past the Apple Store until you see the Giorgio Armani store. The garden entrance to the Ritz-Carlton is just behind it on the right (stair access only).

By taxi: Take a taxi to the entrance of the Ritz-Carlton (北京丽思卡尔顿酒店). Instead of going inside the hotel, walk straight ahead to find the garden entrance (stair access only).

If you require lift access to the garden please ask reception to assist you.

For more information about everything you can see and do at the Best of British Festival, media enquiries, or to find out how you can be involved as a vendor or sponsor at Best of British Festival 2020, email us at [email protected], or on WeChat at NicD1280.

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Founded in 2013, Cultural Keys helps visitors and expat residents get more out of their time in China by providing unique and authentic cultural experiences, content and services all related to traditional Chinese culture.


Founded by British expats Nicola Doering and AJ Donnelly, Cultural Keys is run on the love and passion we have for traditional Chinese culture.

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Xiaopu Village, Songzhuang
Tongzhou, Beijing

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