China Now to show­case arts

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By LI NA in Toronto re­nali@chi­nadai­lyusa.com

An un­prece­dented ex­plo­ration of con­tem­po­rary Chi­nese arts, cul­ture and craft fea­tur­ing over 70 in­ter­na­tional artists and two world pre­mier per­for­mances are sched­uled for the China Now fes­ti­val on July 11-13.

China Now ex­plores the coun­try’s artis­tic legacy through a mul­ti­dis­ci­plinary look at its artis­tic tra­di­tions. The fes­ti­val will be pre­sented by Man­ulife Fi­nan­cial in part­ner­ship with the Cana­dian Fund for In­ter­na­tional Un­der­stand­ing through Cul­ture (Can4Cul­ture) and China In­ter­na­tional Cul­ture As­so­ci­a­tion work­ing with the China Arts and En­ter­tain­ment Group that is sup­ported by China’s Min­istry of Cul­ture.

“This first ever China show will bring in over 100 artists to the Har­bourfront Cen­tre in Toronto and it will high­light the ex­change that de­fines and shapes Chi­nese arts and cul­ture in­side and out­side of the coun­try,” Dr Nelly Ng, chair­woman of Can4Cul­ture told China Daily.

“From live mu­sic to dance, food demon­stra­tions to ar­ti­sanal crafts and much more, China Now’s ex­cit­ing and un­prece­dented lineup will pro­vide fes­ti­val pa­trons with an op­por­tu­nity to ex­pe­ri­ence a taste of con­tem­po­rary Chi­nese arts and cul­ture in one place,” said Qin Wen­huan, vice-pres­i­dent of China Per­form­ing Arts Agency.

Wil­liam J. S. Boyle, CEO of Har­bourfront Cen­tre, said: “Har­bourfront Cen­tre is hon­oured to be the sole North Amer­i­can des­ti­na­tion out­side of the Smith­so­nian Cen­ter for Folk­life and Cul­tural Her­itage for this un­prece­dented show­case of Chi­nese cul­ture.”

“Though China’s his­tory dates back five mil­len­nia, the coun­try’s legacy is not con­fined by its past,” ex­plained Ro­drigo Fritz, se­nior artis­tic as­so­ciate and project co­or­di­na­tor at Har­bourfront Cen­tre. “China’s moder­nity is so con­tem­po­rary that it chal­lenges the very idea of what ‘mod­ern’ means.

“With China Now, we’re de­con­struct­ing pre­con­cep­tions and in­ves­ti­gat­ing the di­verse tra­di­tions, cul­tures and ex­pe­ri­ences of China and its people.”

Fritz said they are look­ing for­ward to kick­ing off this in­au­gu­ral fes­ti­val and hope that “our pa­trons will take ad­van­tage of this unique op­por­tu­nity to ex­plore and en­gage with China’s mul­ti­fac­eted cul­ture”.

Rob Park, na­tional vi­cepres­i­dent of Re­tail Mar­kets at Man­ulife, said he’s glad to sup­port China Now, which cre­ates op­por­tu­ni­ties for cross-cul­tural ex­changes and pro­vide Cana­di­ans with an op­por­tu­nity to dis­cover a piece of China’s unique beauty.

“With the com­mon goals of pur­su­ing a peace­ful and bet­ter world, we have been mak­ing ev­ery ef­fort to­gether to strengthen the un­der­stand­ing and friend­ship be­tween our two peo­ples,” said Li Dong­wen, Min­is­ter Coun­selor on Cul­tural Af­fairs, Chi­nese Em­bassy to Canada.

LI NA/ CHINA DAILY

Qin Wen­huan (cen­tre in front row), vice-pres­i­dent of China Per­form­ing Arts Agency along­side Wil­liam J.S. Boyle (left), CEO of Har­bourfront Cen­tre, Nelly Ng (right), chair­woman of Can4Cul­ture show the logo of the China Now fes­ti­val. In the back row is Li Dong­wen, Min­is­ter Coun­selor on Cul­tural Af­fairs, Chi­nese Em­bassy to Canada and Xu Wei (cen­ter in back) Chi­nese Deputy Coun­sel Gen­eral in Toronto.

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