The China Culture Centre in Sydney was officially opened on the 22nd of November, coinciding with the opening ceremony for the “Silk Road, Innovation Road” exhibition.
The attendees for the event are as follows: Mr. Dong Wei, Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Culture of the People’s Republic of China; Mr. Li Huaxin, Consul General of China in Sydney; Mr. Zhang Bin, President of China Culture Industry Association; Mrs. Clover Moore, Mayor of Sydney; Mr. Charles Casuscelli,MP, representative for the Deputy Premier of New South Wales; Ernest Wong, MLC of NSW; and Kerry Brown, Director of China Studies Centre in the University of Sydney. The Launching Ceremony was accompanied by 150 attendees consisting of overseas Chinese, representatives of Chinese organisations, members of the press, media, and Australian political, cultural and art circles.
Mr. Dong Wei, Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Culture of the People’s Republic of China, said in his greetings that as the platform of cultural exchange and mutual learning, as well as the bridge for the communication of thought, China Cultural Centres around the world are dedicated to promoting ideas of peace and harmony for mutually beneficial outcomes. He believes that the China Cultural Centre in Sydney will further contribute to the development of mutual understanding and friendship between China and Australia.
Mr. Li Huaxin, Consul General of China in Sydney said that the opening of the China Cultural Centre in Sydney was a timely event. With its unique functions and fully-equipped facilities, it would open new doors to the Australian public, allowing anyone interested to know more about China and Chinese culture.
Mrs. Moore, Mayor of Sydney, extended her congratulations for the opening of the China Cultural Centre in Sydney. She said that thanks to the support from the Ministry of Culture of the People’s Republic of China, the celebration of the Chinese Lunar New Year in Sydney has already become the largest event celebrated outside of Asia. This shows that there is a great deal of interest from other countries and cultural groups towards Chinese art, culture and traditional customs, and that the establishment of the China Cultural Centre in Sydney will no doubt further enrich the cultural life of the city.
Mr. Charles Casuscelli, MP, Representative of the Deputy Premier of New South Wales, said that the Silk Road was not only a road for trade and economy, but also a road for the exchange of culture. The signing of the statement to finalise the Free Trade Agreement negotiation shows the deepening of mutual understanding between China and Australia. He believed that China Cultural Centre in Sydney will further enhance the understanding and friendship between these two countries.
Mr. Zhang Bin, President of China Culture Industry Association, gave an introductory speech for the “Silk Road, Innovation Road” exhibition. He said the exhibition was based on the Silk Road, combining the “New Silk Road Economic Belt” and the “21st Century Maritime Silk Road”, both of which are the development strategies of China. These two “Roads” are exhibited through the means of digital multimedia, and the exhibition overall aims to get across the idea of pursuing peace, communication, understanding, inclusiveness, cooperation and mutually beneficial outcomes.
Kerry Brown, Director of the China Studies Centre in the University of Sydney, said that Australia should not only regard China as an important trading partner, but also take steps to know more about Chinese Culture, including the history, customs, literature, art and contemporary Chinese society.He commended the role of the China Cultural Centre in deepening mutual understanding and communication, enhancing the cultural link between China and Australia through culture, art, language as well as other activities. Mr. Brown expressed his desire to cooperate with the China Cultural Centre in Sydney in the future.
During the opening ceremony, the China Shantou Music Group, Colourful China – The Costumes of Chinese Ethnic Groups from the Chinese National Museum of Ethnology , and Mr. Ye Hanzhong, master of Chaozhou Kongfu Tea Art gave spectacular performances, creating an unforgettable portrayal of traditional Chinese culture for the audience.
The opening ceremony was reported by Sydney-based CCTV, Xinhua News Agency, China News Service, People’s Daily Online, Phoenix Satellite Television, SBS and Ovideo Media.