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February 4, 2023

Europe and China seek new ways for strengthening cultural partnerships

The 6th session of the Europe –China Cultural Dialogue started  in Bucharest

The 6th session of the Europe-China Cultural Dialogue, organised by the Romanian Cultural Institute (ICR) under the European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC) aegis and the China National Art Academy (CNAA), began on Thursday, at the Parliament Palace. This year’s edition theme is ‘Public Spaces – EU and China sharing perspectives,’ which allows an exploration on the role and value of well-designed public spaces in Europe and China and how they can contribute to the wealth of the cities, reports Agerpres. The first meeting under the Cultural Dialogue was carried out in Beijing in 2008, followed in 2009 and 2010 by meeting in Copenhagen and Shanghai, in 2011 in Luxembourg, and the 5th edition took place in Xi’an.“This event, which is part of a series carried out under the solid partnership between our countries, represents a recognition of the fruitful dialogue between Romania and China,’ said the Speaker of the Deputies Chamber, Valeriu Zgonea, in the opening of the event. The Deputies’ Chamber Speaker highlighted the special relation Romania has with China, materialised in the 65 years of diplomatic relations and the ten years of privileged partnership between the two countries, as well as the topicality of this dialogue substantiated in the visits of some Chinese high dignitaries to Romania and of Prime Minister Victor Ponta to China.
In his opinion, the activity of the Romanian Cultural Institute (ICR) must be understood as one complementary to this dialogue, and he mentioned the opening of the ICR Beijing and the Chinese Cultural Centre in Bucharest as institutions that are expected to contribute a lot to the development of new relations between the two countries.
Annika Rembe, the EUNIC chair, said that both parties share the same responsibility in the upcoming years of identifying new solutions and developing joint projects, so as to build sustainable cities, from both human and ecological viewpoints, through the capitalisation on the common language of the artist.The meeting in Bucharest represents also an opportunity to get the big picture of the importance of the public space from the European and Chinese perspectives, following next they examine new trends and define the possible challenges and opportunities in design, management and as concerns the utility of the public spaces.
Jia Leilei, Vice President of the Chinese National Academy of Arts (CNAA), appreciated that Europe and China, after enjoying such long-standing diplomatic ties, ever since the Silk Road, would be able to identify new ways of concluding cultural partnerships.
‘This partnership has become like a very active platform of cultural exchanges between China and Europe,’ Jia Leilei said, while also remarking ‘the privileged relation between China and Romania.’.
He emphasised the role of art in shaping public spaces and also the need to develop as many management projects in this field as possible.
In his turn, the President of the ICR, Lilian Zamfiroiu, said that the event means also a chance to set up a dialogue between the two cultures, through the creation of a framework for cooperation, within which the two countries would be able to share solutions to the numerous challenges of our time.

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