From 13–21 October, Secretary General to the Ministry of Culture Paavo Nõgene and Deputy Secretary General of Arts Hillar Sein were on a visit to China, where they met with the representatives of major cultural institutions of China and concluded significant agreements on cultural cooperation in the fields of music, arts, and film. While on visit to China, they also attended international music festivals such as the biggest fair of musical instruments in Asia – Music China, and the China Shanghai International Arts Festival, where Estonia was represented by several cultural collectives and organisations.
According to the Secretary General to the Ministry of Culture Paavo Nõgene, the visit to China was indeed productive, as agreements on cultural cooperation were concluded in the fields of music, arts, and film. “The diplomatic relations between our two countries continue to be excellent, allowing us to effectively develop cooperation in the field of culture. We sense that we are welcome here and our hosts want to establish cultural relations with us. I am convinced that once the relations have been established at the highest level in the field of culture, it also contributes to the opening of doors in the field of agriculture as well as economic relations in general. This, however, requires consistent cooperation that is based on face-to-face meetings - a practice which is kept in high esteem in the Asian professional culture as a whole,” Nõgene said.
The Estonia concert piano enters the Asian market
For the first time, the Asian largest fair of musical instruments, Music China displayed the selection of concert pianos of the Estonia Piano Factory, which created a lot of interest. “People wanted to buy the pianos immediately at the fair, in cash,” Secretary General Nõgene described. “The representative of the Estonia Piano Factory in China intends that Estonia pianos are sold in the piano stores in 30 cities across China; each city has a population that is several times larger than the total population of Estonia,” he added.
The Estonian National Symphony Orchestra (ENSO) invited to perform in China’s leading concert hall on Tiananmen Square, and in Shanghai
During the meeting with the President of China’s largest concert and theatrical organisation National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA), Chen Ping, the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra (ENSO) received an invitation to perform in one of the most prestigious concert halls in China, located at Tiananmen Square in Beijing. Additionally, the President of this large organisation, Chen Ping, expressed the request to cooperate in bringing the performances of the Estonian opera and ballet theatres to the NCPA halls, and also bring the opera of NCPA to Saaremaa Opera Days.
It was agreed with the General Director of the National Palace Museum, which is located in the Forbidden City in Beijing, PhD Shan Jixiang, to promote the cooperation between the Art Museum of Estonia and the National Palace Museum in Beijing. In the near future, the National Palace Museum will suggest an exhibition on the basis of its valuable exhibits, which can be displayed in the Kumu Art Museum. It was also agreed on the exchange of the professionals of the museums through which the paper conservators of the Art Museum of Estonia get an opportunity to get acquainted to the work of their colleagues in the National Palace Museum in China, and the specialists of the National Palace Museum can take a look at the work of the professionals of the Art Museum of Estonia in Tallinn.
Shanghai with a total of 24 million inhabitants is waiting for Estonian film producers to find partners
It was agreed at the meeting with the General Director of the Shanghai International Film Festival, Fu Wenxia, that cooperation will be launched with the Black Nights Film Festival. The Estonian Film Institute will send a selection of films to the Shanghai International Film Festival in order to create Estonian focus programme at the Shanghai film festival.
At the meeting with Deputy Director of Shanghai Bureau of Culture, Radio, Film and Television, Deputy Mayor Bei Zhaojian that took place in Shanghai City Government, the Deputy Mayor welcomed the proposal to dedicate a focus programme on the Estonian film at the Shanghai International Film Festival in order to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Estonia and China next year, and promised to take all necessary steps to support the realisation of this.
The interest was expressed at the meeting to cooperate with Estonian film producers and get acquainted with Estonia as a potential country for film production. The delegation of Shanghai film producers is expected to arrive in Estonia at the invitation of the Estonian Film Institute. Under the leadership of the Deputy Mayor of Shanghai, and Estonian film producers have been invited to Shanghai in order to meet and enter into cooperative agreements with nearly a hundred film producers operating there. The Deputy Mayor handed over an invitation to the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra to also perform in Shanghai in addition to the planned concert in Beijing. Also, Estonian theatres are expected to perform there.
View the photo gallery of the visit on the Facebook page of the Ministry of Culture HERE.
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