On September 11 opened the 12th China Beijing International Cultural & Creative Industry Expo in Beijing. I had the opportunity to visit the opening ceremony and and the 10 different halls at the China International Exhibition Center.
The main objective, I learned from one of the organiser, was to promote Chinese and International culture and activities focused on cultural and creative industry financing, product trade, cooperation, and artwork auctions. The expo also provided opportunities for Chinese cultural enterprises to increase international exchanges and cooperation to spread Chinese culture.
In addition, there was also some stands with sport, tourism, food and other activities.
The opening part I have attended focused on "Kunqu". I have been to Beijing Operas but never heard about "Kunqu" which is one of the oldest forms of Chinese opera. Like Beijing Opera, there are certain singing techniques (known as shuimoqiang and yichang santon), dance and characters. "Kunqu" is performed nowadays in 7 major cities, including Beijing. The characters in "Kunqu" are male (sheng), women (dan) and chou (capable and well experienced or humorous and righteous character). Since 2001, it is listed as one of the Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. Somebody told me that "Kunqu" is the real Chinese Opera while "Peking Opera" is not an opera but a kind of show which the audience doesn't necessarily needs to follow from start to end, you come and go as you please. I guess there are other opinions with regards to Chinese opera.
I made some photos to give you a feeling for this opera. Now, moving from the opening ceremony to the different halls and exhibition stands. In the international area, there was many stands from the different countries. Covering many countries along the "Belt and Road" initiative and more. From Mongolia to Hungary and Serbia, Peru and African countries like Ghana and Uganda.
They displayed their cultural heritage, local food and aspects of tourism. Cross-border" integration of culture and creation is prominently featured here at the expo.
The other part of the exhibition hall displayed various Chinese provinces their art and craft, tourism and culture. With bigger exhibitions from Heilongjiang, Anhui, Tibet and Inner Mongolia. I saw very nice and fine arts. The arts what someone would expect.
The other halls were packed with screens and shelves of exhibitors from home and abroad, a rally for arts and crafts. Not to forget, that you could shop from clothes, toys to teapots. For my taste a bit too commercial.
Impressive was the display of the opening banquet dinner table for the "Belt and Road Event" earlier this year in Beijing.
Not to forget that one halls was dedicated to Chinese Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television. I believe that I don't have to mentioned, that especially the Film and Television part was loud, colourful and with lots of action and activities.
As Beijing, Tianjin, and Hebei are implementing their integrated development, the region's cultural and creative industries cooperated to make a joint presentation. Cultural projects were launched, covering animation games, performances, art works, industrial platforms and parks.
Among all the art, crafts and shop were the 1st China Beijing International Language Culture Expo. I didn't get the purpose of this exhibition but maybe I didn't spend enough time to look for it. In overall it was an interesting visit and I learned not only about Kunqu and other Chinese culture but also about many other European, Asian and African countries. Even some countries close to my home country.