On November 14th, one of the series of activities to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the establishment of China Cultural Centre in Sydney, the opening ceremony of “Charming Orient — Festivals in the Mountain: Fine Art Exhibition” jointly hosted by the Center and Guizhou Provincial Department of Culture and Tourism was held in Sydney. Zhang Yingbao, Cultural Counselor of Consulate-General Of The People’s Republic Of China In Sydney, Zhang Yong, Director of Guizhou Cultural Heritage Administration, Liu Xiaohui, Deputy Director of China National Tourist Office in Sydney, famous Australian curator and art critic Nicholas Tsoutas, and the rest 50 representatives from the local art community attended the opening ceremony.
The exhibition showcased 12 pieces of Chinese paintings created on the theme of traditional festivals of ethnic minorities in Guizhou. It presents the beautiful and colorful state of Guizhou minority festivals, showing the vitality and vigor of ethnic minority culture. The paintings express the painters’ respect and self-confidence in Guizhou culture. They have unique perspectives, excellent techniques and great artistic appeal. The exhibition is not only an enjoyment of art, but also a popularization of the knowledge of ethnic minorities in Guizhou. The background description of each piece makes visitors gain further understanding of the Miao Naochong Festival (held in the second month of the lunar calendar, the activities including bullfights, songs, and reeds dance), the Gelao people’s Bird Respecting Festival, the Miao Climbing Festival and the Buyi people’s Cedar Song Festival and makes visitors have more yearning for Guizhou ethnic culture.
After the opening ceremony, four Chinese painters from Guizhou made impromptu creations, which enabled the guests to appreciate the charm of Chinese painting.
“Charming Orient” is the annual activity of the Cultural Center to introduce the development and innovation of contemporary Chinese painting and calligraphy and the growth of young and middle-aged painters to Australian public.