Wales' Arts Create New Collaboration Through Golden Relationship With China
Monday 20th February 2017
Wales Arts International, the international arm of the Arts Council of Wales, is this week organising a first formal cultural delegation from Wales to China as part of a Welsh Government’s Trade Mission lead by Cabinet Secretary for the Economy Ken Skates. The aim of the mission is to enable new work, partnerships, learning opportunities and new exchanges of exhibitions and performers to and from both countries. 22 Feb 2017
An agreement to extend cultural links between both countries was signed by Mrs Liu Yandong, the Vice-Premier of the People's Republic of China and Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure, Ken Skates, in Cardiff, the capital of Wales, in September 2015.
Speaking ahead of the visit, Eluned Haf, Head of Wales Arts International said:
We are delighted that there is such a strong cultural delegation participating in the trade mission to China this year. This is the first time that we have experienced such a demand from the arts and culture sector and we are pleased to be working with Welsh Government and with British Council to enhance the programme during the visit.
China is a land of opportunity and has much to offer the arts and cultural sector in Wales as part of the UK – China so called golden relationship. In a post-Brexit UK it is critical that Wales’ arts and culture embrace international opportunities to connect and grow new markets for our work.
The delegation will visit: China Shanghai International Arts Festival; Shanghai Symphony Orchestra; Shanghai Conservatory of Music; Shanghai Theatre Academy; Shanghai Literary Festival; And Shanghai Media Group; National Centre for the Performing Arts Centre in Beijing; National Library of China; Bookworm; Tianqiao Centre for Performing Arts; Hong Kong Arts Festival; and Chinese University of Hong Kong.
There are already significant cultural collaborations between China and Wales: National Museum Wales has links with China Three Gorges Museum in Chongqing and Capital Museum in Beijing; National Library Wales has partnership arrangements with Shanghai Library and Chongqing Library; and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and National Dance Company Wales have both toured China in recent years. Higher education in Wales has extensive collaborations in China, and Welsh Literature Exchange has facilitated the translation of a number of Welsh publications into Mandarin.
The Cultural delegation of the Welsh Government Trade mission is:
Mr Michael Garvey, BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Ms Clare Williams, Hijinx
Ms Maggie James, Open Books
Ms Michelle Cawardine-Palmer, National Theatre Wales
Ms Julia Booker, Julia Booker Paintings
Mr Peryn Clement-Evans, Ensemble Cymru
Mr Wyn Mason, Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru
Ms Colette Ellis, Flying Viper Illustrations
Mr Peter Owen, Welsh Government
Ms Eluned Hâf, Wales Arts International
Ms Elen Roberts, Wales Arts International
The trade mission starts in Shanghai and then splits in two to cover Beijing and Hong Kong.