Special Events

blue cloud gala

Blue Cloud Gala
Since 1984, China Institute has bestowed its Blue Cloud award to notable figures who share our mission and values at this signature, annual black-tie event occurring in late September / October.

Our 2019 Honorees: Zhang Huan, Pin Ni, and Sophia Sheng.

A Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Ezra Vogel.


cny gala

Chinese New Year Gala, February 3, 2020
A lion dance, a scrumptious dessert buffet, bespoke cocktails and red envelope donations that support our slate of programming; China Institute’s annual Chinese New Year Gala is an exciting way to celebrate this vibrant holiday.


fashion gala

China Fashion Gala, TBD in 2020
Each year, China Fashion Gala brings together a diverse community of fashion icons, international influencers, business leaders, and celebrities to recognize outstanding contributions to Chinese design and innovation and to support the next generation of designers and leaders. This event happens each April and is held in partnership with the Yue-Sai Kan Beauty Charity Fund

Our 2020 Honorees: Estée Lauder (Beauty Award), Wendy Yu (Millennial Leadership Award), and designer Phillip Lim (3.1 Phillip Lim label). Buy tickets and learn more.


fashion competition

Fashion Design Competition, September 26, 2020
China Institute’s annual Fashion Design Competition supports emerging designers by promoting creativity inspired by China’s culture and aesthetics in contemporary, global design. The winner of our competition receives $10,000 and guidance from industry insiders towards the development of their talents. Our yearly runway show is a fun way to engage with China Institute.