China In­ter­na­tional Mu­si­cal In­stru­ment Expo ends in Bengbu

Global Times – Metro Beijing - - ENTERPRISE -

The China In­ter­na­tional Mu­si­cal In­stru­ment Expo was held at the An­cient Res­i­dence Expo Park in Bengbu, An­hui Prov­ince from Satur­day to Sun­day. Cham­bers of com­merce, am­bas­sadors and rep­re­sen­ta­tives from over 30 coun­tries par­tic­i­pated in this event.

Un­der the theme of shar­ing cul­tural pros­per­ity and busi­ness in­ter­ests, a se­ries of fo­rums, ex­hi­bi­tions, trade fairs and other ac­tiv­i­ties were or­ga­nized. Sev­eral so­phis­ti­cated and del­i­cate in­stru­ments were dis­played at this Expo. Owned by the Cen­tral Con­ser­va­tory Of Mu­sic (CCOM), the in­stru­ments played in the open­ing cer­e­mony are val­ue­less with over 5,000 years of his­tory.

The high­light of the cer­e­mony is a grand pi­ano spe­cially cus­tom­ized for China by Stein­way in se­ries D. The pi­ano is red, a metaphor of China’s dream, which is the only red pi­ano made by Stein­way. The spe­cially made pi­ano came to Bengbu, and was first played by a Chi­nese pi­anist at the be­gin­ning of the Expo and is now kept in the An­cient Res­i­dence Expo Park. In the ex­hi­bi­tion opened on De­cem­ber 1, coun­tries along the Belt and Road ini­tia­tive, such as Azer­bai­jan, brought their in­stru­ments such as Mukam, Tal and Ka­mancheh, show­ing the en­thu­si­asm of their mu­si­cians and their ex­clu­sive na­tional cul­ture.

A se­ries of clas­si­cal vi­o­lins from Western coun­tries in­clud­ing Rocca (1851, Italy) and a vi­o­lin made by Stradi­var­ius in 1713 were on ex­hibit as well, most of which are val­ued at over hun­dreds of mil­lions of dol­lars. The trade and cul­ture fo­rums were held at the same time, mainly fo­cus­ing on re­spect­ing the di­ver­sity of world cul­tures and civ­i­liza­tions, con­tem­po­rary cul­tural in­no­va­tion and tra­di­tional cul­tural in­her­i­tance, the com­mu­nity of relic pro­tec­tion and hu­man­ity, which are rel­a­tive prac­ti­cal and pos­i­tive dis­cus­sion top­ics.

Through the con­nec­tion be­tween Bengbu and the world, the mu­si­cal in­stru­ment Expo has be­come a brand new cul­tural in­dus­try for this city. It aims to im­prove the devel­op­ment of in­stru­ment trade and cross-cul­tural com­mu­ni­ca­tion through in­stru­ment per­for­mance, con­cert ex­pe­ri­ence, fo­rum com­mu­ni­ca­tion and cul­tural in­no­va­tion. Af­ter this ses­sion of the Expo, the con­struc­tion of the Na­tional Cul­tural Ex­pe­ri­ence Hall and the Na­tional Cul­ture and Art Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­ters of Azer­bai­jan, Ta­jik­istan and some other coun­tries are un­der con­sid­er­a­tion in China’s An­cient Res­i­dence Expo Park. The Em­bassy of Spain, the Em­bassy of Lithua­nia and the Em­bassy of Iran ex­pressed the same will­ing­ness as well.

“The ‘Bright moon rises upon the Lake in Quite An­cient Res­i­dence’ Expo Park is one of the dis­tinc­tive cul­tural sym­bols of Bengbu,” said Wangcheng, Mayor of Bengbu at the open­ing cer­e­mony. “We bear in mind that the mu­si­cal in­stru­ment Expo will in­voke in­spi­ra­tion of mu­si­cians over­seas and at home. And through the com­mu­ni­ca­tions be­tween dif­fer­ent cul­tures and thoughts, we can see fruit­ful achieve­ments in trade and cul­tural sec­tors,” he added.

Pho­tos: Cour­tesy of Shang­hai Xiangjiang In­dus­trial Co. Ltd

Top: Guests un­veil the spe­cially cus­tom­ized pi­ano for China at the open­ing cer­e­mony of the China In­ter­na­tional Mu­si­cal In­stru­ment Expo in Bengbu.Right: Zhao Ji­azhen, a Chi­nese mu­si­cian plays guqin dur­ing the Expo.

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