The fair was opened by the Chinese ambassador to Russia, Zhang Hanhui. He stressed its importance for the development of relations between the two countries in the context of modern challenges.
“At today’s cultural fair, we want to share joy and happiness with our Russian friends. Culture is a bridge that helps strengthen mutual understanding and trust between different countries and peoples. China and Russia are great powers with wonderful traditions and rich heritage. Our cultural exchanges and cooperation are constantly developing and have become an integral part of relations between the two countries.”
The ambassador said that Russia and China hold joint cultural festivals, film festivals and cultural forums. According to him, visits by creative teams from both states are also planned for this year.
“We hope that these various cultural events will not only bring us inner pleasure, but also serve as a link for cultural exchanges between our countries and play an important role in deepening mutual understanding and friendship between our peoples,” Zhang Hanhui said.
He noted that Russia and China are now experiencing the best period in their relations. Political trust is deepening, trade and economic cooperation is developing, and humanitarian exchanges are increasing.
“We have every reason to hope that in the new year 2023, cooperation between our countries in various fields will reach a qualitatively new level,” the Chinese ambassador said.
The cultural fair, organized by China Media Corporation and the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the People’s Republic of China, opens up additional opportunities for further development.
Photo: Alexander Korolkov / RG
The Russian side at the opening ceremony of the fair was represented by the Minister of Culture of the Russian Federation Olga Lyubimova. She pointed out that there are practically no areas in culture that Russia and China do not develop together. From libraries and museums to ballet and music. Unfortunately, this work was forced to stop for two years due to the pandemic, and our country already misses our joint activities and Chinese tourists visiting our museums and theaters.
“We are looking forward to joint projects, we are waiting for the Bolshoi Theater of China at the Bolshoi Theater of Russia. We are looking forward to the opportunity to come to you,” the minister said. “Our filmmakers love their festivals very much – to watch Chinese films, bring their Russian films , to fight for the opportunity to show his film to the Chinese audience, his animation. Every large, and even not large, Russian museum considers communication and joint projects with Chinese colleagues as one of the most important areas.”
Nothing strengthens mutual understanding and friendship as much as personal communication, said Galina Kulikova, first vice president of the Russian-China Friendship Society. She said that Russia is doing a lot to develop relations with China, including at the regional level. For example, Moscow, Saint Petersburg and Yekaterinburg have signed cooperation agreements with Harbin and Shenzhen, with the cities of northern and southern China.
An example of successful joint work between Russia and China is the publication of the China Breath magazine, which has been published in our country since 2012. This is a joint project of China Media Corporation and Rossiyskaya Gazeta. The pages of the magazine cover the relations between the two countries, talk about the economic and cultural achievements of the People’s Republic of China.
During the opening ceremony, the guests of the fair had the opportunity to get acquainted with the traditions of celebrating the Chinese New Year. It is loudly greeted with fireworks, firecrackers and drums to scare away evil spirits. At the opening ceremony, this task was performed by a drum show.
Then the guests went to the territory of the fair, where they plunged into the atmosphere of the real Chinese New Year. The festive atmosphere was created by stalls painted in bright red, offering various products, treats and entertainment. Here you can buy Chinese souvenirs, products and even books of Chinese authors translated into Russian. The themes of the books are very different: tea, cooking, myths and legends of China, poetry, fiction and educational literature.
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Most of the people gathered at the tea stall to participate in a tasting with elements of a tea ceremony. And after that, buy one of the varieties brought from China.
In general, at the fair you can not only buy some products, but also join Chinese culture: take part in Chinese painting master classes, play weiqi (go), figurative paper cutting, book printing and wood engraving. Or try your hand at calligraphy: write a hieroglyph denoting happiness. This is also one of the symbols of the New Year – during the holidays it is hung on the door.
Someone liked traditional Chinese snacks better. Right before the eyes of the guests, the cook cut the Peking duck, and a queue immediately formed for him. They make noodles nearby. It is so thin that the cook, to the gasps of the audience, pulled it out through the eye of a needle.
“At this fair, we have collected various items: tea, snacks, books, everything related to Chinese culture and what we want to show our Russian friends and colleagues,” said Gong Jiajia, adviser-envoy for culture at the Embassy of Russia. Chinese in Russia. he told RG. – The fair will last several days – until January 25, admission is free. Anyone who is interested in Chinese culture can come here, admire, eat and share the New Year atmosphere with us. We want to see as many of our Russian friends here as possible. We promise it won’t be boring.”