On the afternoon of October 19, 2011, “Splendid Gansu Cultural Exhibition”, co-sponsored by Gansu Information Office and City of Sydney and organized by Gansu International Culture Association, was held at Sydney Customs House. Duan Jielong, Chinese Consul General in Sydney and Guo Yaowen, Vice Mayor of Sydney City attended the opening ceremony.
President Li Xiaojie addressing the opening ceremony
Li Xiaojie, President of Gansu International Culture Association, first gave a vivid introduction on Gansu’s brilliant history and rich culture to the guests.
Guo Yaowen, Vice Mayor of Sydney City, expressed warm welcome to the “Splendid Gansu Cultural Exhibition” on behalf of the City of Sydney. He pointed out that the promotion of cultural exchange and protection of cultural diversity would play an active role in enhancing mutual understanding and friendship between the Chinese and Australian peoples.
Consul General Duan Jielong (first on the left) and Guo Yaowen, Vice Mayor of Sydney (second on the left) watching calligraphy demonstrations
Consul General Duan Jielong extended warm congratulations on the opening of the “Splendid Gansu Cultural Exhibition” on behalf of the Chinese Consulate General in Sydney. He said that Gansu, a province of West China with a long history and rich cultural heritage, is well-known for its unique natural scenery, rich natural resources and brilliant multi-ethnic culture, and Gansu and Sydney share commonalities in beautiful grassland scenery and rich multi-ethnic culture. He expressed his hope and welcome that more and more Australian friends would visit West China for a more comprehensive understanding of China.
Consul General Duan Jielong addressing the opening ceremony
The cultural exhibition, featuring photography, Thangka, painting, calligraphy, paper cutting, handicraft and shadow puppetry, attracted strong interest from nearly 100 guests present at the opening ceremony.
The exhibition would last for 3 more days in Sydney.