On December 12, China Cultural Centre in Sydney was immersed in the charm of grassland culture, when The Beautiful Prairie, My Sweet Home – Inner Mongolia Culture Week in Australia was launched here.
Present at the opening ceremony were Mr. Liu Xinle, Vice Chairman of People’s Government of Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, Mr. Li Huaxin, Consul-General of the People’s Republic of China in Sydney, Mr. Shu Xiao, Minister Counselor of the Chinese Embassy in Australia, Mr. David Coleman, Federal Member for Banks and Mr. Charles Casuscelli, MP, together with representatives from the Australian art and cultural circles.
In his speech, Vice Chairman Liu Xinle looked forward to a new chapter in the cultural exchange between Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region and Sydney through Inner Mongolia Culture Week, and wished for future progress in the cultural and economic cooperation and exchange between two regions.
Consul-General Li Huaxin extended his congratulations on the launch of Inner Mongolia Culture Week in Australia. He encourages the Australian public to feel the passion and openness of people living in grasslands through the well-rounded culture week. He wishes that the ties and friendship between NSW and Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region can be further strengthened.
David Coleman MP said that mutual understanding and respect of cultures is a bridge which connects people’s hearts; and that, built on the basis of good economic and trading cooperation, China and Australia should further enhance cultural communication and contact to bring two countries closer.
Minister Counselor Shu Xiao said that the Inner Mongolia Cultural Week opened a window for the local public to understand the diversity of Chinese culture, and hoped that the Centre continues its efforts in boosting cultural and people-to-people exchange between China and Australia.
As the wrap-up of the one-year cooperation between China Cultural Centre in Sydney and Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, Inner Mongolia Culture Week in Australia featured “The Beautiful Grassland, My Sweet Home” photography exhibition of Inner Mongolian scenery and life showed China’s grassland culture which respects nature, honors faith and openness. The long tune and Khoomei performance as well as intangible cultural heritage presentations such as making of saddle, boots, horse-head fiddle and paper-cutting have brought a unique experience for the guests.
As part of Inner Mongolia Culture Week, the Inner-Mongolia A Cappella Choir presented an exchange performance in Marsden High School on December 11, in front of an audience of 500 students and staff. On December 12, the Inner-Mongolia A Cappella Choir performed at City Recital Hall in Sydney. Nearly 1,000 audiences attended the event and applauded the soulful singing. Some of them commented that this was the best voices they had ever heard.
Inner Mongolia Culture Week in Australia was co-hosted by the Ministry of Culture of China and the People’s Government of Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, and supported by the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Australia and the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Sydney.