Rus­sia en­thused by Chi­nese cul­tural events

China Daily (Latin America Weekly) - - Top News - By REN QI in Moscow [email protected]­nadaily.com.cn

Rus­sians are feel­ing the charm of Chi­nese cul­ture as a se­ries of events known as 2018 Ex­pe­ri­ence China are be­ing staged Fri­day through Mon­day in Moscow and Saint Peters­burg.

The events, with western Chi­nese cul­ture as the theme, were or­ga­nized by the State Coun­cil In­for­ma­tion Of­fice and the Chi­nese em­bassy in Rus­sia.

On Sun­day, a film ex­hi­bi­tion was held in Moscow, and two doc­u­men­taries The Third Pole and Deep into Shamb­hala were screened.

The two films tell from dif­fer­ent an­gles tales of peo­ple and na­ture liv­ing in har­mony in the Qing­hai-Ti­bet Plateau. The films re­flect the daily lives and the in­ner peace of the lo­cal peo­ple, and show the beauty of na­ture and of hu­man­ity.

In the open­ing cer­e­mony in Moscow on Fri­day, artists from Gansu prov­ince and the Ti­bet au­tonomous re­gion per­formed lo­cal dances and Ti­betan songs.

Su Fangqiu, min­is­ter of the Chi­nese em­bassy, said the 2018 Ex­pe­ri­ence China se­ries of events is an im­por­tant win­dow on the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive.

Su said the per­for­mances and ex­hi­bi­tions will help fos­ter mu­tual un­der­stand­ing, cul­tural com­mu­ni­ca­tion and co­op­er­a­tion be­tween China and the rest of the world.

Galina Ku­likova, first vi­cepres­i­dent of the Rus­sia-China Friend­ship As­so­ci­a­tion, said the cul­tural and art ex­changes have played a sig­nif­i­cant role in de­vel­op­ing the Sino-Rus­sian re­la­tion­ship.

As the re­la­tion of the two coun­tries has been raised to its high­est level ever, more Rus­sian peo­ple are gain­ing in­ter­est in and un­der­stand­ing of Chi­nese cul­ture, es­pe­cially that of the re­mote western re­gions, Ku­likova said.

Also on Fri­day, a photo ex­hi­bi­tion themed Col­or­ful West was shown in Moscow. In it, more than 40 pho­tos dis­play the nat­u­ral scenery, var­i­ous folk cus­toms and lively eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment in western China.

“Apart from the well­known Chi­nese main­stream cul­ture, we are also in­ter­ested in the art and cul­ture in the western re­gion,” Anna Markovskaya, an 18-year-old fresh­man at the Moscow State In­sti­tute of In­ter­na­tional Re­la­tions, said at the open­ing cer­e­mony.

REN QI / CHINA DAILY

Artists from Gansu prov­ince per­form a tra­di­tional dance about the Silk Road at the open­ing cer­e­mony of 2018 Ex­pe­ri­ence China on Fri­day in Moscow, Rus­sia.

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