China Cultural Centre in Sydney was officially launched by the Hon. Clover Moore, Lord Mayor of Sydney, and Mr. Dong Wei, Deputy Minister of Culture of China on Saturday, 22 November, 2014, at 5:30pm at Level 1, 151 Castlereagh Street, Sydney after 5 months of trial run.
China Cultural Centre in Sydney, as a registered non-profit organisation in Australia, is one of the 19 China Cultural Centres in the world and the first of its kind in the Oceania region.
Mr. Dong Wei expressed that cultural centres, as platform and bridge for exchange and dialogue, will bring the hearts of our peoples closer in their pursuit of peace, happiness and common development.
The Hon. Clover Moore, Lord Mayor of Sydney, congratulated China Cultural Centre on the valuable role it is playing in the multi-cultural city. She pointed out in particular that the city’s annual Chinese New Year celebrations, the largest of its kind outside Asia, reflects not only the Chinese community’s pride in its traditions but the fascination of the wider community with China and all that it has to offer.
China Cultural Centre in Sydney, equipped with a professional art galley, a multi-functional hall, a library and classrooms, will provide cultural and arts events, courses and information service to meet the growing needs for China literacy from all communities. It also offers scholarships and incentive programs for outstanding students who are ready to work for the future of China-Australia cultural relations.
Over the past 5 months of trial run, China Cultural Centre has initiated a number of events and programs, including culture weeks, exhibitions, talks, film screenings and workshops. These events, either hosted independently or in collaboration with local organisations and institutions, were warmly commended by the participants.
As relations between China and Australia continue to soar, China Cultural Centre will continue to boost the existing bilateral cultural ties and serve as a strong contributor to the multicultural dynamism that Australia is renowned for.
The official launch was celebrated with a formal ceremony, a digital exhibition on the Silk Road and Chinese tea art demonstration.
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