By Irina Yurkovskaya
A concert by an orchestra of Chinese national musical masters (performing music by Chinese composers) has gathered a full house at the Belarusian State Philharmonic Society, launching the Days of Chinese Culture in Belarus.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, the First Deputy Culture Minister, Vladimir Karachevsky, noted that the exchange of Days of Culture helps strengthen relations between Belarus and China. He stressed that, in recent years, such cultural forums have become true gems in our co-operation. The Days have been organised since 1993 and, every year, become even more interesting. “Belarusian audiences’ interest in these cultural events is growing,” Mr. Karachevsky emphasised, adding that unique artistic teams arrive from China to demonstrate the magnificence of Chinese culture.
The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of China to Belarus, H.E. Mr. Lu Guicheng, noted in his speech that such cultural forums also help strengthen understanding between our nations. China and Belarus are geographically distant but their mutually beneficial collaboration is unhampered, as is our people’s desire to be friends and learn more about each other. “Each nation has its own national culture, which is part of the common treasury of global culture. Those of China and Belarus are part of this global culture,” the Ambassador asserted.
The Days have allowed Belarusian audiences to enjoy the music, dancing and art of China. The Minsk State Linguistic University hosted a circus performance by Chinese artistes, in addition to national singing and dancing from Inner Mongolia — a Chinese region known for the diversity of Mongolian culture. Moreover, the Chinese Ceramics and China and Modern Art of Chinese Textiles exhibitions were organised as part of the Days of Culture.