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The Arts and Welsh Creative Industries discussed in UK-China Creative Innovators Forum.

The Arts and Welsh Creative Industries discussed in UK-China Creative Innovators Forum.

Arts Council of Wales through Wales Arts International is one of over 30 UK companies and organisations representing the creative industries as part of the UK-China Creative Innovators Forum with an aim to nurture collaboration and joint development between the UK and China.

Eluned Hâf, Head of Wales Arts International said:

"Being part of this delegation is an important aspect of our work in developing new opportunities for the arts and culture of Wales. This is a fantastic way to develop new markets for the performing arts as well as creative industries and sports."

Companies and artists from Wales are already active in China and are benefitting from a Welsh Government Memorandum of Understanding on co-operation on cultural matters between Wales and China.

A new Chinese pre-school animation series produced in Wales was one of five major commercial agreements reached between UK and Chinese industry players. The partnership announced on Tuesday will support up to 40 jobs and give the Welsh economy a £3.2m boost.

The events took place as part of the UK-China High Level People to People Dialogue. The Dialogue is a key pillar in the UK-China relationship: it provides a forum to celebrate ties between the two peoples, and a platform from which to drive greater co-operation.

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For further information please contact Iwan Llwyd, Communications Officer on 029 2044 1344 or email iwan.llwyd@arts.wales

Notes to editors

Recent and current cultural partnerships between Wales and China include:

· Two recent opportunities to welcome cultural delegations visiting Wales from China – one from Shanghai representing the Shanghai People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries and the other representing the Nanjing Broadcasting services.

· Welsh artists such as Horatio Clare and Francesca Rhydderch have participated in the Bookworm Literary Festival in Beijing.

· The Open Books project run by Mary Husted had Chinese partners that have collaborated with them in taking Open Books plus to Australia, Canada and China.

· There is an existing agreement on translating Welsh writing between Wales Literature Exchange, Bangor University and Shanghai Publishing House.

07/12/2016

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