Van­cou­ver area gets Chi­nese cul­tural cen­tre

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By HATTY LIU in Van­cou­ver for China Daily

High-cal­iber arts and cul­tural pro­gram­ming from China will soon be avail­able to res­i­dents of the Greater Van­cou­ver Area, thanks to the re­cent grand open­ing of the Van­cou­ver China Cul­tural Cen­tre in Rich­mond.

The Van­cou­ver CCC’s of­fi­cial open­ing on April 9 was at­tended by 200 guests, in­clud­ing lo­cal Chi­nese and com­mu­nity lead­ers, Chi­nese Con­sul Gen­eral Liu Fei, mem­bers of the Cana­dian Par­lia­ment and the Bri­tish Columbia leg­isla­tive assem­bly, and city coun­cil mem­bers.

Ye Hong­tao, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Van­cou­ver CCC, said at the cer­e­mony that the pur­pose of the cen­tre was to “tell the story of China through the lan­guage of beauty”.

“Be­cause many peo­ple abroad do not un­der­stand Chi­nese cul­ture very well, we want to use the most beau­ti­ful forms of ex­pres­sion to in­tro­duce it to them,” Ye told China Daily. “We want to in­tro­duce the beauty we find in our own arts.”

First es­tab­lished in 2015, the Van­cou­ver CCC aims to pro­vide a plat­form for the “de­vel­op­ment of Chi­nese cul­ture in North Amer­ica,” ac­cord­ing to its web­site.

The cen­tre’s cul­tural pro­gram­ming was al­ready un­der­way in the eight months be­tween its found­ing and grand open­ing. Last Septem­ber, it or­ga­nized a per­for­mance of Bei­jing opera by the Na­tional Academy of Chi­nese Theatre Arts at the Univer­sity of BC, with free tick­ets for lo­cal Chi­nese-Cana­dian se­niors.

In Fe­bru­ary, the cen­tre’s ex­hi­bi­tion rooms hosted the first over­seas dis­play of the works of renowned Chi­nese painter and cal­lig­ra­pher Ni Ping.

The grand open­ing last week marked the com­ple­tion of the cen­tre’s of­fices, re­cep­tion room and more ex­hi­bi­tion rooms, which will house dis­plays of Chi­nese tan­gi­ble and in­tan­gi­ble her­itage.

Guests at the grand open­ing saw a pre­view of some of the dis­plays, in­clud­ing a col­lec­tion of Pek­ing opera cos­tumes and masks, books, and tra­di­tional Chi­nese in­stru­ments such as the pipa, erhu and guzheng.

The grand open­ing also marked the of­fi­cial launch of the monthly jour­nal, China Art, which will be pub­lished by the cen­tre in English and Chi­nese.

“Right now there is no monthly jour­nal pub­lished out­side of China ded­i­cated to art, so we hope, through this jour­nal, peo­ple who don’t have the chance to go to China can dis­cover the beauty of Chi­nese art and re­ceive the most up-to­date in­for­ma­tion on Chi­nese artists,” Ye said.

Lead­ers from the lo­cal Chi­nese com­mu­nity gave their bless­ings to the new cul­tural cen­tre at the open­ing cer­e­mony.

Rich­mond City Coun­cilor Chak Kwong Au re­called that the cre­ation of a cen­tre for pro­mot­ing Chi­nese cul­ture in Rich­mond had been a dream he had “cher­ished since be­ing elected to the Rich­mond City Coun­cil so many years ago, and that has fi­nally come true.”

Rich­mond Cen­tre MLA Teresa Wat, BC Min­is­ter of Asia Pa­cific Strat­egy and Mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism, gave a speech wel­com­ing the cul­ture cen­tre to her district.

“This will ben­e­fit com­mu­ni­ca­tion and cul­tural ex­change be­tween the Chi­nese com­mu­nity and lo­cal main­stream so­ci­ety, putting Chi­nese cul­ture on their radar,” Wat said.

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Rich­mond Cen­tre MLA Teresa Wat (right) presents a let­ter of con­grat­u­la­tions to Ye Hong­tao, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Van­cou­ver China Cul­tural Cen­tre, at the cen­tre’s grand open­ing in Rich­mond on April 9.

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