The agreement was signed at the opening of “Stories of Life”, one of the China Cultural Centre in Sydney’s Happy New Year series events. “Stories of Life” is an Australian premiere exhibition of Chinese contemporary artwork by a number of China’s most excellent young artists, held at the Artspace, Adelaide Festival Centre.
Premier Jay Weatherill commented, “Building the link between South Australia and China cannot solely be about two-way investment and boosting imports and exports – though those things are obviously important. It’s also crucially about improving our people-to-people ties – such as in the field of the arts.”
Mr. Weatherill continued to say, “It is agreements like this one that add substance and breadth to the long-term relationship between the China and South Australia”.
”Culture is a bridge for mutual understanding and communication; the signing of this agreement between China Cultural Centre in Sydney and Adelaide Festival Centre is like a seed sown in spring, and surely going to grow and develop abundantly”, said Rao Hongwei, Consul-General of China in Adelaide.
Mr. Rao also expressed his wish that “Chinese people’s mindset and values can be perceived and understood through exhibitions of Chinese contemporary art, and the relationship of two peoples can be drawn closer through the exchange of culture and art”.
Mr. Douglas Gautier, CEO and Artistic Director of the Adelaide Festival Centre said, “The agreement will ensure that some of the very best arts and performances from China will be seen in Adelaide.”
“This agreement is also an acknowledgement of Adelaide’s standing as a city of culture which is significant as Art and Culture are very highly valued in China”, he noted.
The Director of the China Cultural Centre, Mrs. Zhao Li, commented, “We are very excited to enter into a partnership with the Adelaide Festival Centre to promote awareness of and appreciation for Chinese culture and art through cultural events and activities. The agreement will see the presentation of programs that aim to enhance the existing friendship, to encourage dialogue and foster mutual understanding between China and Australia”.
The agreement stresses the cooperative background between the two contributing parties. It aims to put forward a future plan and vision for further cooperation between two organisations in visual and performing arts, as well as promote partnership through the utilisastion of each other’s platforms.
Following the huge success of the Chinese contemporary exhibition titled “Silent Poetry” in Adelaide last year, the China Cultural Centre in Sydney joins hands with Adelaide Festival Centre again, hosting this year’s “Stories of Life”, which vividly showcases the rapid changes of everyday life in contemporary Chinese society from the artists’ own personal and spiritual perspectives.
Curated by Professor Zhao Li, the exhibition features artwork from rising young artists Lijun Fang, Qinghe Liu, and Xiaochun Miao, and is generously supported by the Chinese Modern & Contemporary Art Document and Art Nova 100.
The exhibition will continue its Australian tour in Sydney mid-April.
CCTV, China News Service, and Australian Chinese Newspaper Group were involved in covering the event.