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Online Show Celebrates the 50-Year Diplomatic Relations between China and Italy

Source: Official Website of the Ministry of Culture and TourismNovember/07/2020

On November 6, 2020, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of China and the Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Activities and Tourism of Italy jointly organized an online theatrical performance to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and Italy. Hu Heping, Chinese Minister of Culture and Tourism; Dario Franceschini, Italian Minister of Cultural Heritage, Activities and Tourism; and Francesco Rutelli, Italian Coordinator of the China-Italy Cultural Cooperation Mechanism and Italian Former Deputy Prime Minister respectively delivered congratulatory speeches via video.

Hu Heping said that China and Italy have been maintaining sound, stable and friendly bilateral ties which have borne rich fruits since they established diplomatic relations in 1970. China and Italy are outstanding representatives of Eastern and Western civilizations, making significant contributions to human civilization and social progress. The Silk Road links ancient and modern times, shortening the soul-to-soul distance between the two peoples, driving cultural exchanges and cooperation between the two countries, and setting a model for exchanges and mutual learning between the Eastern and Western civilizations. Since the beginning of the year, in the face of the sudden outbreak of the COVID-19 epidemic, China and Italy have helped each other to overcome the difficulties together, which has advanced the friendship between the two peoples. As the epidemic is still raging around the world, the two countries co-organize the theatrical performance to demonstrate a positive outlook in combating the epidemic through cooperation, conveying the wish for working together to usher in a better future. It will lay down a more solid public opinion and social foundation for the development of China-Italy relations.

Franceschini pointed out that China and Italy are cultural powers recognized by the world. The two countries should not only review the exchanges and mutual learning between different cultures, but also work together to face the future and cope with challenges arising from digitalization and cultural integration. The COVID-19 epidemic has to some extent promoted new developments in culture, Internet, and globalization. Italy and China should do something in these regards and maintain an important position on the cultural front of the world. Rutelli said that culture and tourism are the foundation of international exchanges and of dialogue and communication between the peoples of China and Italy. In the context of marking the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Italy and China, the two countries will jointly plan for and organize a Culture and Tourism Year in 2022 to promote their cultural, tourism and economic and social development.

This online theatrical performance organized by China Arts and Entertainment Group Ltd. (CAEG) has brought together the National Ballet of China, China Radio and Film Symphony Orchestra, and the Orchestra and Chorus of the National Academy of Santa Cecilia, National Academy of Dramatic Art and Daniele Cipriani Entertainment of Italy as well as other well-known art institutions from both countries. Artists from the two countries, including the conductors Fan Tao and Antonio Pappano, Peking Opera performing artists Yu Kuizhi and Li Shengsu, violinists Lyu Siqing and Andrea Obiso, and pianists Chen Sa and Francesco Libetta joined in the performance. The artists had a cloud-based dialogue with the theme of “Bright Future” to mark the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Italy and celebrate the profound friendship between the two peoples. 
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