2022-01-24 11:05:06 source: Qianjiang Evening News
On the afternoon of January 21st, the closing ceremony of the 2021 "Focus On Zhejiang" International Cultural Exchange Activity, jointly sponsored by the Information Office of Zhejiang Provincial Government and Zhejiang Provincial Department of Culture and Tourism, and co-organized by the Zhejiang Culture and Art Exchange Association, was held in Artinno Town, West Lake District, Hangzhou.
What a Colorful Focus On Zhejiang
New Members of Picturesque Zhejiang Envoy
The 2021 "Focus On Zhejiang" International Cultural Exchange Activities, a cultural activity brand created by the Zhejiang Provincial Department of Culture and Tourism, hopes to invite the world to get closer to Zhejiang, to experience the culture of Zhejiang, and to love the landscape of Zhejiang.
Since the 2021 "Focus On Zhejiang" was launched in Wenzhou, Zhejiang last May, a variety of international cultural exchanges and experience activities have been carried out in Zhejiang. The International Cultural Exchange Activities have specifically set up the "Experience the Village" activity to show the beauty of Zhejiang’s countryside and culture. An experienced team made up of Picturesque Zhejiang envoys, foreigners in Zhejiang, and experts in the field of international cultural exchanges, followed the walking road of poetry along the Ou River to embrace the magnificent scenery recited by the ancients. They walked into Lanxi, Jinhua to play the Kongming Lock and Bagua Array, where wisdom and fantasy coexist. They gathered in Anji, Huzhou to witness the footprint of beautiful rural construction and green development. Foreign friends who live, work and travel in Zhejiang tell the world the stories of "Zheli" in the language that integrates Chinese with foreign.
In the past year, various international cultural exchange bases in the province have also made full use of their advantages and actively launched diverse international exchange activities involving culture, tourism, academic exchanges and other fields, further enhancing the international influence and reputation of Beautiful Zhejiang and Picturesque Zhejiang.
Recommended by the founding unit of international cultural exchanges in Zhejiang Province and relevant media, 26 new members from 19 countries have been awarded certificates of 2021 Picturesque Zhejiang Envoy. Among them is an Italian pianist who devotes himself to teaching and cultivating talents, an American female teacher who tells the story of Wenzhou’s intangible cultural heritage from a unique perspective, an American “China Hand” who can translate “Chai Tou Feng”, and a Korean entrepreneur who actively promotes the Silk Road E-Commerce. Although they come from different countries, with different skin tones and different languages, they fall in love with this land from the bottom of their hearts. They are telling the stories of Zhejiang and spreading the beauty of Zhejiang to the world.
"Focus On Zhejiang has grown into a mature IP and high-quality platform for Zhejiang's international exchanges. We are willing to share the splendour and beauty of Zhejiang with guests at home and abroad, and to show vividly the splendid achievements of Chinese civilization. We intend to use a modern, fashionable and international language to demonstrate the essence of Zhejiang's human culture and jointly promote prosperity and development." a relevant person in charge of the Office of International Cooperation and Exchange of Zhejiang Provincial Department of Culture and Tourism said.
At the closing ceremony of the 2021 Focus On Zhejiang International Cultural Exchange Activities, there were also a total of 13 international cultural exchange bases in Zhejiang Province that have been awarded, respectively the China Academy of Art, Zhejiang Provincial Cultural Center, Xiling Seal Engraver’s Society, Artinno Town, University of Nottingham Ningbo China, Wenzhou Medical University, Wenzhou World Wenzhou People Service Center, Anji Yu Village, Nanhu Tourist Area, Zhejiang Wu Opera Academy of Arts (Zhejiang Wu Opera Troupe), Quzhou South Confucius Cultural Development Center, Tiantai Hehe Cultural Park and Jinyun Xiandu Scenic Area. Since June 2020, the Information Office of the Zhejiang Provincial Government and the Zhejiang Provincial Department of Culture and Tourism have jointly carried out the cultivation and construction of provincial international cultural exchange bases. At present, two batches of 20 units have been awarded the title of Provincial-Level International Cultural Exchange Base.
The Winner of the 30th Plum Performance Award & The Winner of the Bel Canto of the 13th Chinese Golden Bell Awards for Music--On the Stage At the Same Time
Compose the Grand Chapter of Cultural Exchange Between East and West
Although the closing ceremony was short, it was full of stars and hotshots. Our ceremony intensively displays the achievements of international cultural exchange activities in Zhejiang Province in the past year.
The opening performances brought by the Zhejiang Symphony Orchestra--an excerpt from In Search of Melody Along Poetry Road and Zhejiang folk music Tea Picking Dance, renew and energize Zhejiang's international cultural exchange. What you heard just now is an excerpt from In Search of Melody Along Poetry Road, which was specially composed for Zhejiang by the famous Hollywood composer Mark Chait. The original work was played by western musical instruments and Chinese Erhu, Chinese Zither, Pipa and other national musical instruments alternately. The audience at present lost themselves in the wonderful music and was impressed by the grand scene. When the symphony was premiered in Zhejiang last year, it was performed by four famous foreign performers online, which aroused great attention to Picturesque Zhejiang on the international stage.
Lou Sheng, the winner of the 30th Plum Performance Award and a famous Wu Opera actor, and Liu Tao, the winner of the Bel Canto of the 13th Chinese Golden Bell Awards for Music and a teacher from Zhejiang Conservatory of Music, also brought a feast of Chinese and Western art to Chinese and foreign guests.
Giovanni Vitaletti, the well-known Italian pianist, also the Picturesque Zhejiang envoy, performed together with Liu Tao the excerpt from Rossini’s opera II Barbiere di Siviglia--Largo al factotum. This is a much-loved opera excerpt, and it was also selected as the soundtrack by the famous cartoons Tom and Jerry and Bugs Bunny. It can be said to be an entry-level western opera appreciation repertoire. Giovanni Vitaletti also played an excerpt from the piano suite Pictures at an Exhibition, which is recognized as one of the ten most difficult pieces in the world. “I would like to share this world-famous song with my Chinese friends. It seems that I take everyone to “wander” among an art exhibition, appreciating the famous paintings on the wall. And those still pictures have become flowing notes. ” Giovanni Vitaletti said .
Wu Opera, full of ancient charm, is not only a treasure in Zhejiang local opera but also a national intangible cultural heritage. As one of the international cultural exchange bases in Zhejiang, Zhejiang Wu Opera Academy of Arts (Zhejiang Wu Opera Troupe) dispatched a 30-person performance team led by Lou Sheng, the winner of the 30th Plum Performance Award, to bring high-quality plays Lv Bu Shi Ma. The martial arts skills, such as sticking tigers upside down, kicking upside down, and throwing zombies, demonstrated the bold, careful and brave general demeanour of the ancient Chinese famous general Lv Bu. Thereinto, the three rises and falls of the high platform at one go even made the Chinese and foreign guests applaud again and again.
Lou Sheng also personally explained to foreign guests the superb skills of Wusheng tossing and jumping in Wu Opera, as well as the virtual characteristics of Chinese Operas, such as using horsewhips instead of horses and interacting with envoys.
In 2022, Zhejiang will usher in more international cultural exchange events. "Focus On Zhejiang" International Cultural Exchange Activities will continue to hold the torch of cultural exchanges high, actively explore new patterns of cultural exchanges and new paths for personnel exchanges under the conditions of regular epidemic prevention and control, enrich the forms of foreign cultural exchanges to make cultural exchanges better build up consensus and deepen friendship, and embrace a bright future in the post-epidemic era with foreign friends!
Editor: Zhou Xunnan