Life­time award for Chi­nese poet at Bri­tish cul­tural fes­ti­val

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - WORLD -

CAM­BRIDGE, United King­dom — Chi­nese poet Jidi Ma­jia was awarded the Life­time Achieve­ment award at the third Cam­bridge Xu Zhimo Poetry Art Fes­ti­val, which opened on Sat­ur­day at Cam­bridge Univer­sity’s King’s Col­lege.

The or­ga­niz­ing com­mit­tee praised Jidi Ma­jia’s work as one of the most em­i­nent con­tem­po­rary po­ets in China.

High­light­ing the role of poetry in com­mu­ni­ca­tion, Ma­jia said in his ac­cep­tance speech that “it is grat­i­fy­ing to note that when many con­fronta­tions or po­ten­tial con­fronta­tions oc­cur, poetry mirac­u­lously be­comes the most se­cre­tive way for com­mu­ni­ca­tion among hu­man spir­its and mind.”

“In that space, Eastern po­ets, West­ern po­ets, Jewish po­ets and Mus­lim po­ets can find the joy and res­o­nance the hu­man spir­i­tual and ideal world cre­ated by poetry.”

The fes­ti­val will see about 200 po­ets, writ­ers, cal­lig­ra­phers and schol­ars from all over the world gather to read po­ems, ex­change ideas, and hold sem­i­nars and ex­hi­bi­tions.

The King’s Choir will also per­form Moli­hua ( Jas­mine), which orig­i­nated as a folk song in Jiangsu prov­ince.

The fes­ti­val be­gan in 2008 to honor renowned Chi­nese poet Xu Zhimo, who wrote Say­ing Good­bye to Cam­bridge Again and is an alumni of King’s Col­lege.

The in­sti­tu­tion placed a stone in­scribed with Xu Zhimo’s best-known poem un­der trees on the bank of the River Cam in trib­ute to his con­tri­bu­tion to Sino-Bri­tish cul­tural ex­changes.

Over the past decade, many Chi­nese tourists have come to King’s Col­lege to see the stone.

The fes­ti­val is co-hosted and or­ga­nized by the “Cam­bridge Rivers Project”, Cam­bridge Rivers Press and De­vel­op­ment Depart­ment of the King’s Col­lege.

Af­ter three years’ de­vel­op­ment, the fes­ti­val has be­come one of the largest and most in­flu­en­tial Sino-Bri­tish cul­tural ex­change ac­tiv­i­ties in the United King­dom.

AMIT DAVE / REUTERS

Peo­ple queue to col­lect drink­ing wa­ter from a mu­nic­i­pal tanker in a flooded res­i­den­tial area in Ahmed­abad, In­dia, on Sat­ur­day.

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