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April 21, 2018

Chinese art exhibited at PNCA


April 21, 2018

Islamabad: The third anniversary of the establishment of Chinese Cultural Centre at the Pakistan National Council of the Arts in Islamabad was celebrated with music, colours and prestige.

The early evening was meant for a joint art exhibition of Pakistani and Chinese artists on the top floor of Pakistan Arts Council. The Cultural Counsellor of China You Yi and other dignitaries were part of opening . You Yi took us back into 2015 when the Embassy of the People's Republic of China and Pakistan National Council of the Arts, under auspices of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, joined hands to open China Cultural Centre. Three years later this joint collaboration can take pride in organizing several events in arts and culture which have brought people of Pakistan and China closer. This has ranged from art and craft exhibitions, film festivals and Chinese cooking classes to CPEC cultural caravans. There are no means other than art, music, films (and of course culinary) strong enough to bind two nations together. The art exhibition was held in collaboration with COMSATS.

Later in the evening, Chinese artistes (from Shanxi Province) and Pakistani dancers and singers (both in solo and group performances) held the audiences spellbound for two hours in the capacity-filled PNCA auditorium. The choreography, colours, wardrobe, music and all the rest was superb. And here too, the dignitaries spoke before the magic began.

Chinese Ambassador Yao Jing and Marriyum Aurangzeb, State Minister for Information Broadcasting, National History and Literary Heritage, talked about the impact of art and culture on people from Pakistan and China. In the months and years to come, it would become a bridge and binding force for future generations.

The minister spoke on the Film Policy through which more collaboration is on the horizon with screening of Pakistani and Chinese feature films, duly dubbed, in both the countries, film co-production, establishment of film archives and setting up of National Film Academy here. China is expected to play a vital role in expanding film education, cinemas, studios and film co-production. The Ambassador and the Minister expressed their deep appreciation to Jamal Shah, Chief Executive and Director General PNCA (sitting among the audiences) for his strong commitment to carry this collaboration in arts and culture beyond formalities.

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