The China-UK Culture Dialogue Successfully Held in Edinburgh

On 26 April, the China-UK Culture Dialogue, sub-titled Shanghai Story, was held at the University of Edinburgh. Mr. Wu Zhiming, Chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) Shanghai Committee, Mr. Pan Xinchun, Chinese Consul General in Edinburgh, Rt. Hon Donald Wilson, Lord Provost of Edinburgh, Mme Helen Moonie, Provost of South-Ayrshire, Mr. Mike Robbins, Provost of Stirling, Prof. Charlie Geffery, Senior Vice Principal of the University of Edinburgh attended. The dialogue was also participated by more than 60 guests from the CPPCC Shanghai Committee, the Shanghai municipal government, universities, literature and art circles as well as the University of Edinburgh, Scottish schools and Confucius Institutes. Chairman Wu Zhiming, Consul General Pan Xinchun and Lord Provost Wilson delivered speeches.

Chairman Wu said that the relations between China and the UK have developed rapidly in recent years. Especially since Chinese President Xi Jinping visited the UK in October 2015, bilateral exchanges and friendship have also enteredthe "Golden Era". 2017 is the year for further development of the cultural relationship of the "Golden Era". Shanghai is a city integrated with Eastern and Western culture. The dialogue, held during this visit, will be conducive to the mutual understanding of history, culture and traditions, the enhancement of people-to-peoplelinks and friendship, the deepening development of China and UK relations so as to make our two peoples share better lives.

Consul General Pan said that since the establishment of diplomatic relations at the ambassadorial level between China and the UK 45 years ago and the establishment of the Chinese Consulate General in Edinburgh 20 years ago, China and the UK as well as China and Scotland have made great achievements in cooperation in every field. Recent years saw culture exchanges between China and Scotland enjoy fruitful results with many bright spots. In 2016 alone, about 40 Chinese artistic troupes participated in performances at Edinburgh festivals and were warmly received, which improved the understanding and friendship between the two peoples and made contributions to the healthy growth of relations between China and Scotland.

Lord Provost Wilson said that the City of Edinburgh is the first City of Literature in the world as well as a famous city of art where artists from all over the world meet, communicate and exchange ideas. In 2016, Shanghai Culture Week was successfully held during the Edinburgh festivals. This year marks the 70th anniversary of Edinburgh International Festival and Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Artists from Shanghai are expected to make full use of the international platform for art exchanges and to promote more culture exchanges between the two cities. He is confident that the China-UK Culture Dialogue will achieve a great success.

During the culture dialogue, Mr. Shi Dawei, Chairman of Shanghai Federation of Literary and Art Circles and Mme Wang Liping, Executive Vice President of China TV-Series Screenwriters Working Committee gave presentations on "The Traditions and Innovations of the Chinese Painting Art" and "The Love of Young Chinese in TV series" separately. The two artists talked about their personal experiences in creating works, compared ancient art with modern art as well as Chinese art with Western art. They also introduced their thoughts on the creation of the work, sense of historical responsibility and pursuit of truth, goodness and beauty, helping the audience with their knowledge and understanding of Chinese traditional and modern arts, and opening another window for further strengthening people-to-people and culture exchanges between China and Scotland.    

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