On 7 May, China Cultural Centre in Sydney held ‘Experience the Magic of Guangxi – Guangxi Cultural Week’ – the first ever event to be held at the newly-furbished premises.
Ms. Tang Ying, Deputy Consul General of Chinese Consulate General in Sydney, Mr. Nickolas Varvaris MP, Federal member for Barton, Mr. Charles Casuscelli, MP, Member for Strathfield, Mr. Robert Kok, Councillor of the City of Sydney, Mrs. Nancy Liu, Deputy Mayor of Hurstville and representatives from the local cultural and art circles as well as Chinese associations were among the guests at the event.
In her welcome remarks, Ms. Zhao Li extended her gratitude to the guests for their support and attention towards the China Cultural Centre in Sydney. She expressed her hope that China Cultural Centre in Sydney would function as an information centre about China, a Chinese culture experience centre, a Chinese art training centre and a China studies centre. She also emphasized the mission of China Cultural Centre in Sydney as a platform where cultures interact and arts cross-fertilize, a bridge where ideas are exchanged, understanding is enhanced and friendship is forged.
Ms. Tang Ying said, ‘State-to-state relations thrive when there is friendship between the peoples.’ Ms. Tang Ying shared her belief that intercultural communication could assist in forming a dialogue between the people so that a bond of mutual understanding, learning, communicating and innovating could be formed, whilst misunderstanding, friction and conflict could be avoided. She hoped that China Cultural Centre could serve as a bridge to bring close together China, Australia and other nations, to improve mutual understanding and strengthen existing friendship.
Mr. Nicolas Varvaris spoke highly of the event. He said he was happy to come to China Cultural Centre to share the richness and variety of cultural values that Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region represents as a melting-pot of different ethnic groups. The celebration of Chinese New Year and mid-autumn festival is very popular among Australian people. It is a representation of the close cultural relationship between China and Australia.
Mr. Charles Casuscelli, representing the Hon. Victor Dominello, Minister for Citizenship and Community, congratulated the organizers on hosting the Guangxi Cultural Week. He hoped that the citizens of Australia would be able to experience more Chinese culture to appreciate the cultural diversity of China.
Clr. Robert Kok delivered a speech on behalf of the Lord Mayor of Sydney in which he expressed his confidence that the establishment of China Cultural Centre in Sydney would enhance the connection between Sydney and China. The annual Chinese New Year Festival parade in Sydney is the largest Chinese New Year celebration outside of China. He pointed out that such intercultural forms of communication could foster the mutual understanding between the two peoples, enrich people’s lives and promote the existing friendship. He hoped that China Cultural Centre would continuously support such initiatives.
‘Experience the magic of Guangxi – Guangxi Culture Week’ consists of activities such as dances & songs of Guangxi ethnic groups, a presentation of ‘beautiful Guangxi, colorful ethnicities” and an exhibition of Guangxi traditional embroidery & brocade. It aims to present the cultural diversity and charm of Guangxi, and to further promote Guangxi’s new image of openness, inclusiveness and harmony.