August 2017 saw festive Edinburgh again attract global attention with the Festival. During the celebrations of its 70th anniversary, Chinese artists joined others in performances adding a bright color of the Chinese elements to the Festival.
This year saw the successful unveiling of China Focus, organized by the Center for Shanghai International Film Festival with the support of China's Ministry of Culture, as well as the success of the China Culture and Art Festival, organized by Asian Association of Culture, Commerce and Education in Europe, and the 3rd Chinese Arts and Culture Festival, organized by Scotland-China Chamber of Commerce. Over 50 Chinese arts troupes provided audiences with a colorful Chinese culture feast, showcasing China's rich and splendid arts. During the Festival, a series of activities including performances, exhibitions, seminars, cultural researches and signing agreements on cultural cooperation were held. Combining inheritance and innovation, classicality and fashion, tradition and modernity, Chinese arts troupes told Chinese stories in various forms through performances such as dramas, operas, dances, acrobatics and songs, highlighting China's long history and splendid culture and contributing to the development of relationship between China and Scotland.
Chinese Consul General Pan Xinchun said, 2017 is a year of special significance as it marks the 45th anniversary of ambassadorial diplomatic relations between China and the UK and 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Chinese Consulate General in Edinburgh. Edinburgh Festival enjoys a good reputation all over the world and becomes an important link of mutual understanding and friendship between China and Scotland. Chinese arts troupes not only bring Chinese elements into the Festival, but also make great contributions to exchanges and cooperation between China and Scotland.
Dr Alasdair Allan, Minister for International Development and Europe of the Scottish Government said he had watched some Chinese shows in the past. While marveling at Chinese artistic charm, he indicated that 2017 has proved to be another very successful year for the friendship between China and Scotland with bilateral cooperation going from strength to strength. Several Chinese high-level delegations have visited Scotland while new progress has been achieved in political, economic and people-to-people exchanges and cooperation. This year, Chinese shows shined in the Festival. He welcomes more Chinese arts troupes to Scotland, and looks forward to promoting more Scottish shows to stage in China.
Edinburgh Lord Provost Frank Ross welcomed Chinese artists to Edinburgh and spoke highly of their contributions to the Festival, saying the number of Chinese performers and performances reach a new high, becoming bright spots in the Festival. He wished exchanges and cooperation between Edinburgh and China will gain more achievements.
Chinese deputy Consul General Sun Xudong also met with Councillor Amy Mcneese-Mechan, Trustee of Edinburgh International Festival at the Consulate General for an in-depth exchange of views on cultural cooperation.
During the Festival, a Chinese opera Songs of Silk Road hosted by the Chinese Consulate General was performed in Dundee, receiving a warm welcome from the local society.