China-Ger­many cul­tural events to cel­e­brate 45 years of re­la­tions

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - TOP NEWS - By CHINA DAILY

A se­ries of cul­tural events will take place through­out the year in Ger­many to cel­e­brate the 45th an­niver­sary of the coun­try’s es­tab­lish­ment of diplo­matic re­la­tions with China.

With the theme of “Co­op­er­a­tion, Friend­ship and Joint Suc­cess”, the pro­gram will in­clude events rang­ing from music, the­ater, dance and film to ar­chi­tec­ture, con­tem­po­rary art, lit­er­a­ture and cul­tural her­itage.

“The pro­gram demon­strates the long friend­ship be­tween China and Ger­many, and will build a new plat­form for fur­ther co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the two coun­tries,” said Xie Jiny­ing, di­rec­tor of the Min­istry of Cul­ture’s Bu­reau for Ex­ter­nal Cul­tural Re­la­tions, at a news con­fer­ence in Bei­jing on Wed­nes­day.

The one-year cul­tural pro­gram, “China To­day”, is the fruit of a joint dec­la­ra­tion last year by Premier Li Ke­qiang and Ger­man Chan­cel­lor An­gela Merkel. Events will also be held in Bei­jing.

Ac­cord­ing to Xie, more than 80 events jointly or­ga­nized by over 50 Chi­nese and Ger­man cul­tural in­sti­tu­tions will cover 11 states and more than 30 cities in Ger­many.

Most of the events are in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Ger­many’s top cul­tural in­sti­tu­tions, such as the Na­tional Mu­se­ums in Ber­lin, and will be held on pop­u­lar oc­ca­sions in­clud­ing Ham­burg Bal­let Days, the Rhein­gau Music Fes­ti­val and the In­ter­na­tional May Fes­ti­val in Wies­baden.

In July, Na­tional Bal­let of China will bring its orig­i­nal work Crane Whis­perer to Europe for the first time in Ham­burg, and the China Na­tional Sym­phony Or­ches­tra will per­form Farewell My Con­cu­bine and the pi­ano con­certo Dream of the Red Chamber.

From July to Jan­uary, the Na­tional Mu­se­ums in Ber­lin will co­op­er­ate with Chi­nese cul­tural in­sti­tu­tions such as the Palace Mu­seum and the Shang­hai Mu­seum for five ex­hi­bi­tions.

One of the ex­hi­bi­tions, Faces of China: Chi­nese Por­trait Paint­ing of the Ming and Qing Dy­nas­ties (1368–1911) will be the first in Europe to fo­cus on Chi­nese por­trait paint­ing.

“We want to in­tro­duce the Western au­di­ence to some of the im­por­tant por­trait works out­side of Europe,” said Lou Wei, deputy di­rec­tor of the Palace Mu­seum. “For Chi­nese tourists (in Ber­lin), it will also be thought-pro­vok­ing to study the con­trast be­tween Chi­nese and Western por­trait art.”

En­rico Brandt, the cul­tural coun­selor of the Ger­man em­bassy in Bei­jing, in­tro­duced the Ger­man cul­tural events to be held in Bei­jing this year, fo­cus­ing on art ex­hi­bi­tions, youth ac­tiv­i­ties and soc­cer.

Cle­mens Treter, di­rec­tor of Goethe In­sti­tute in China, gave a speech in Chi­nese on the im­por­tance of cul­tural ex­change ac­tiv­i­ties, es­pe­cially the trans­la­tion of lit­er­a­ture and po­etry.

The pro­gram ... will build a new plat­form for fur­ther co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the two coun­tries.” Xie Jiny­ing, di­rec­tor of Bu­reau for Ex­ter­nal Cul­tural Re­la­tions of Min­istry of Cul­ture

Liu Yixi con­trib­uted to this story.

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