China opens Cultural Centre in Suva
December 15, 2015 5:10 pm
More cultural exchanges can now be expected between Fiji and China after the opening of the first Chinese Cultural Centre in the Pacific in Suva.
China boasts a rich and profound culture, diverse and unique, yet harmoniously blended – an invaluable asset to its people.
China’s Vice Minister for Culture Ding Wei says the opening of a Chinese Cultural Centre in Suva, will help them tell the world about their culture through art, language, symbols, music and food.
“Both governments and state leaders place high importance to our cultural ties. Intercultural dialogues and collaboration have contributed immensely in strengthening our bilateral relations and bounds at both governmental and people to people level.”
Speaker of Parliament Dr Jiko Luveni says she is optimistic the China Cultural Center will compliment the significant interest developed locally towards the Chinese Culture.
“This is Fiji’s first ever China Culture Centre and proudly holds one of the world’s most ancient and richest culture and its historic information. The Centre which aims to spark intellectual discovery through art, education and engagement administers programs such as public events, visual arts, education and cultural resources.“
China’s Ambassador to Fiji Zhang Ping says the cultural exchanges between the two countries goes way back when diplomatic relations started 40 years ago.
“Chinese culture elements such as the language, cuisine, festival traditions have entered into the ordinary lives of the Fijian people. Meanwhile, indigenous Fiji arts and Melanesian culture withy it’s distinctive island characteristics are gaining more popularity among the Chinese people.”
The opening of the Cultural Center is a step further deepening relations and will allow for more collaboration and cultural exchanges between the two countries.