Backgrounder: Europalia China

12:51, October 08, 2009      

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As one of the leading art festivals in Europe, Europalia will celebrate its 40th anniversary by inviting China as a guest country. The opening ceremony of Europalia China is going to be held here on Thursday with the presence of Belgian King Albert II and Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping.

After the Olympic Games and before the Shanghai Expo in 2010, Europalia China, to be held from Oct. 8, 2009 to Feb. 14, 2010, will offer the European audience a unique opportunity to discover all aspects of Chinese culture and lifestyle.

The art festival is a project jointly organized by Europalia International and the Chinese Ministry of Culture. In China, 19 provinces, cities and autonomous regions, 58 museums, libraries, archeological institutes, and numerous public and private cultural institutions have also contributed to the organization of the festival.

During the four months' period, about 50 exhibitions and 300 performances will be presented to audience in Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Germany and Luxembourg In total, more than 1,000 artists will take part in the festival.

The exhibitions and art performances will follow four main themes, namely Immortal China, Contemporary China, Colorful China, and China and the World.

Each theme is illustrated by a key exhibition:

Son of the Heaven at the Center for Fine Arts will represent Immortal China and will be devoted to the emperors. On display will be some of the most beautiful works of art selected from 5,000 years of China's glorious past.

The State of Things will illustrate Contemporary China. The exhibition brings together works of 50 contemporary Belgian and Chinese artists.

The Orchid Pavilion, will highlight the theme of Colorful China. The origins and significance of calligraphy in the Chinese culture will be brought to light during the exhibition.

At the Royal Museums of Art and History, the Silk Road will represent China and the world, while taking the visitor on a breathtaking journey through the little-known regions between Xi'an, capital city of Shaanxi province, and the Tianshan mountain range in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region in northwestern China.

Scores of Chinese famous artists in the field of music, art, architecture, literature will take part in seminars and other events during the festival.

The Chinese Lunar New Year (Spring Festival) celebration will close the Europalia China festival on Feb. 14, 2010.

Source: Xinhua
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