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Chinese links with Northern Ireland marked by cultural celebration

Thursday 5th September 2019 at 4pm 0 Comments

Pictured at the programme launch (L-R) Tim Losty, Mme Zhang and Roisin McDonough. Image: Pictured at the programme launch (L-R) Tim Losty, Mme Zhang and Roisin McDonough.

Chinese Consul General Mme Zhang Meifang and Danny Wong, Chairman of the Chinese Welfare Association, have launched the China Cultural Programme, a series of cultural events taking place in Northern Ireland throughout September 2019.

The programme, launched at The Ulster Hall in Belfast with key figures from Northern Ireland government, includes performances by renowned Chinese artists and aims to celebrate and share the best of Chinese culture with people across Northern Ireland. A performance on September 26th by internationally acclaimed Pipa (Chinese Lute) virtuoso Ms. Zhang Hongyan is a highlight of the programme and a significant coup for Northern Ireland as this is Ms. Zhang’s first performance anywhere in the UK.

The cultural events mark several significant anniversaries: The 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China and the 65th anniversary of diplomatic relations between China and the UK. It is also the 5th anniversary of the agreement to establish a Chinese Consulate General in Belfast and the 5th anniversary of the NI Bureau office in China. 

Mme Zhang Meifang, Consul General said,

“We have always welcomed the business links between China and Northern Ireland, but today we are looking forward to celebrating our culture together.  Chinese culture is one of the richest and oldest in the world, and these events in September will give many people here a flavour of its depth and diversity.

“I am delighted with the growing relationship between China and Northern Ireland and remain optimistic about the potential to develop our connections further. I appreciate greatly the enthusiasm and the welcome we have received from the people of Northern Ireland and from government officials; the Northern Ireland Civil Service, local government representatives and so many others working in the fields of academia, business and culture. We live in a closely connected world; we are committed to building a shared destiny, one of lasting peace, harmony, mutual development and prosperity.”

David Sterling, Head of the NI Civil Service said:

“This programme is a celebration of how well the links between China and Northern Ireland have developed over the years. But it is also an opportunity to look forward to the future, and see how we can continue to strengthen that relationship.”

“The Chinese community has enriched life here in Northern Ireland, and our regional and local links with China have underlined the spirit of partnership and prosperity that connects us.”

For further information on the China Cultural Gala Programme click here:

The Chinese Consulate Belfast: http://belfast.chineseconsulate.org/eng/
Chinese Consulate webchat account: chinaconsulatebfs@gmail.com
The Chinese Warfare Association:  https://www.cwa-ni.org/about-us

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