CHINA-FRANCE CULTURAL EXCHANGES
From October 24 to November 3, the National Orchestra of France led by Emmanuel Krivine toured a series of cities in China. Radio France and the Institute of France took this opportunity to announce the establishment of a friendship association for China-french cultural exchange. The association will work with the Hong Kong-based Jonathan KS Choi Foundation to promote exchanges between the two countries.
On October 15, President and General Manager of Radio France Sibyle Veil, Tenured General Secretary of the Institute of France Xavier Darcos and Consultant and Legal Director of Sun Wah Group Limited and Vice Chairman of the Jonathan KS Choi Foundation Janice Wing Kum Kwan entered into a cooperative agreement to promote art exchange projects in Paris through the China-french Cultural Exchange Friendship Association. On October 26, Ambassador of the French Republic to China Jean-maurice Ripert announced the establishment of the association.
As a major cultural enterprise in France, Radio France has a number of orchestras, a large concert hall, numerous recording studios and radio channels. The station hopes to strengthen cultural exchange and cooperation with China. Radio France has regularly invited well-known Chinese musicians to cooperate with its orchestras. Additionally, its orchestras have had regular tours across China.
The 2018 China tour of the National Orchestra of France was a starting point for new China-france art dialogue. This dialogue will organise regular tours, provide customised products and creative works, and promote orchestra conductors and musicians and orchestra for art exchanges. President and General Manager of the Radio France Sibyle Veil stated: “I hope to build a lasting partnership with China and enable Radio France’s orchestras to perform regularly in China through this relationship. I hope to use this strong cooperative relationship between our musicians, composers and musical heritage to promote the spread of the National Orchestra of France, which is the best the French symphony, in China.” Xavier Darcos and Janice Wing Kum Kwan expressed similar views.