Forum aims to make Beijing the focal point of national culture

Participants of the first Beijing Cultural Forum pose for a photo with Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics mascot Bing Dwen Dwen during a visit to the Shougang Big Air venue in the capital on Monday, the first day of the forum. [Photo by ZOU HONG/CHINA DAILY]

The inaugural Beijing Cultural Forum, which opened on Monday, is expected to fuel cultural innovations and help establish the capital as the country’s cultural hub.

Under the theme “Legacy, Creativity and Mutual Learning”, the forum included an opening ceremony, a main forum and four sub-forums, focusing on cultural heritage and development, cultural exchanges and cooperation, the integrated development of culture and technology, and the creation and dissemination of quality literary and artistic works.

Tours for forum attendees along the central axis of Beijing and tours of Shougang Industrial Park and the Grand Canal Museum, as well as tours of other cultural attractions in the capital, were also organized for the event. two-day event.

Huang Kunming, member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and head of the Publicity Department of the CPC Central Committee, urged cultural workers to put people first, achieving high-quality cultural development.

“We should deepen dialogues among civilizations and strengthen cultural ties between China and other countries,” Huang said. “Exchanges and mutual learning are encouraged to tell China’s stories and present the image of Chinese civilization.”

Cai Qi, Party Secretary of Beijing, addressed the opening ceremony, saying the forum aims to become a platform to showcase the city’s outstanding cultural construction achievements, exchange field experiences , carry out collaboration in the field of cultural innovation and development, and inform China’s stories to the world.

Minister of Culture and Tourism Hu Heping delivered a speech that stressed the importance of integrating culture and tourism, saying that diverse cultural resources should be used to improve tourism products and improve the quality of tourism. travel experience of tourists.

“Meanwhile, the development of tourism can help revitalize China’s beautiful traditional cultures, perpetuate revolutionary culture and promote advanced socialist culture,” Hu said, adding that museums, galleries, libraries, theaters and other cultural spaces should be transformed into popular tourist destinations.

The event also noted 10 major cultural events in the capital’s effort to build itself into a national cultural hub. These included an art performance at Beijing’s National Stadium titled The Great Journey, which took place to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China; the archaeological discovery made at the nearly 3,000-year-old city ruins at the Liulihe site in Beijing’s Fangshan district; and the first China Conference on Internet Civilization in Beijing.

Beijing’s progress in applying for the city’s Central Axis to be listed as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site, and the fact that commercial income from Beijing’s cultural industries amounted to 1 .76 trillion yuan ($261 billion), a year-on-year increase of 17.5%, was also among the top 10 cultural achievements.

In a panel discussion, An Laishun, vice president of the International Council of Museums, said Beijing, a city with 204 museums, seven world cultural heritage sites and more than 3,800 immovable cultural relics, has the potential to become “a city of museums”.

Shao Tianshuai, a Kunqu Opera actress from the North Kunqu Opera Theater in Beijing and a participant in the forum, said that Beijing has made great efforts to become the cultural center of China, Opera artists Kunqu enjoy a better environment to create high quality works. works.

The North Kunqu Opera International Cultural Art Center, which consists of five theaters and a museum that showcases the evolution of the art form, is under construction in Beijing’s Xicheng District, a move that Shao says will bring age-old art closer to people of different ages. groups.

Shao said she was very interested in the discussion during the forum on how to conduct international cultural exchanges and how to achieve the integration of traditional arts and new forms of business.

“I am inspired by this event to continue to play an active role in the cultural construction of Beijing, showing the world the charms of Kunqu opera,” she added.

Lucas E. Kelly