The opening ceremony of “Amazing Hunan” Intangible Cultural Heritage Exhibition, hosted by China Cultural Centre and Hunan Provincial Department of Culture, was held in Sydney on 16th October, being the second program as part of the Hunan Culture Season.
The exhibition focuses on the long history of Hunan Province, featuring varieties of handmade crafts and art works from different local ethics and cultures.
“This exhibition showcases the creativity and ingenuity of Hunan culture. China is an ethnically diverse country, 56 ethnic groups have contributed to a treasure house of intangible cultural Heritages. Hunan is just a good example to show the positive influence of these intangible cultural heritages on local people’s happy life”, said Mrs. Zhao Li, Director of China Cultural Centre in Sydney.
The items displayed during this exhibition represent the skilful craftsmanship, bold imagination, artistic exaggeration and ingenious conception of Hunan folk artists.
“Hunan is a remarkable land with great diversification of folk cultures”, said Mr. Ji’an Shen, Principal of Hunan Vocational College of Art.
He continued to add: “Having selected the most distinctive and representative art exhibits of Hunan Intangible Cultural Heritage, we endeavour to present Australian general public with a more comprehensive and vivid picture of the colourfulness of Hunan local culture.”
“This is an excellent opportunity for the exchange of cultures between two countries. Walking around in the exhibition hall and appreciating all the delicate art works really makes me want to visit Hunan”, said Councillor Robert Kok.
During the opening, four inheritors of Hunan Intangible Cultural Heritage also demonstrated the creative process of their art works, introducing and presenting Chang Sha Palm Leaf Weaving, Miao Fabric Painting, Meishan Paper Cut and Dabu River Embroidery to present guests and audiences.
China Cultural Centre in Sydney will also organise a special workshop in the Centre on 17th October, introducing it to local schools from 19th to 21st October. Both events will focus on the introduction and practise of creating artistic crafts.