The China-Bangladesh Culture & Art Night held in Dhaka

March 5, 2023
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Cultural Diplomacy
March 5, 2023
Cultural Diplomacy

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On March 4, 2023, the China-Bangladesh Culture & Art Night was held with great success in Dhaka. The program was organized by the Embassy of China in Bangladesh and presented by Kunming National Song & Dance Theater, with the support of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA). Mr. Liaquat Ali Lucky, Director General of BSA, H.E. Mr. Yao Wen, Ambassador of China to Bangladesh, H.E. Mr. Md. Abul Monsur, Secretary of the Ministry of Cultural Affairs of Bangladesh, and H.E. Mr. Shabbir Ahmad Chowdhury, Secretary (West) of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh, addressed the event. An audience of more than 500 people from all walks of life in Bangladesh, foreign missions in Dhaka, and the Chinese community enjoyed the performance.

In his remarks, Ambassador Yao underscored the significance of this event as the very first non-virtual art performance presented by Chinese art troupes in Bangladesh since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic three years ago, which presses the “reset button” for China-Bangladesh people-to-people and cultural exchanges. Friendship, which derives from close contact between people, holds the key to sound state-to-state relations. The future of China-Bangladesh relations lies in deepening understanding and recognition of each others’ cultures, promoting convergence and integration of people-to-people and cultural cooperation, and consolidating understanding and friendship between the two peoples. The Yunnan Art Troupe, with long fame in China and overseas, brings about a fantastic performance comprised of dance, vocal and instrumental music, demonstrating the diversity of Chinese culture, which is enriched by embracing all forms of arts and keeps its vitality by learning from others. With the honor of inviting Bangladeshi artists to perform together on the stage, we are privileged to showcase the splendid culture and art of both China and Bangladesh. As China optimizes its epidemic prevention and control policy and lifts all the travel restrictions, there will be flights between China and Bangladesh on a daily basis from this month on. This serves as a great opportunity to usher in more exchange visits of cultural, educational, and youth groups. “A year’s plan starts with spring”, as an old Chinese saying goes. It is now the season of spring in the Bangladeshi calendar, and people-to-people and cultural exchanges between China and Bangladesh will usher in spring with new vigor and vitality.

Artists from Kunming National Song and Dance Theatre presented fantastic performances of music and dance, which epitomized the beautiful landscape and folk lives of ethnic groups in Yunnan Province of China.

Artists from Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy also showcased the national performance art of the country in various forms.

Stunned by the extraordinary performance by artists from both countries, the audience never spared their big hands.

At the end of the event, Ambassador Yao Wen, together with the chief guests, took group photos with all the artists.

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