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2018 Changsha Media Arts Festival and the International Youth Forum: Creativity and Heritage along the Silk Road

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International Youth Delegates Discuss Cultural Heritage Protection and Development

 

 On the afternoon of May 23, 2018, the Achievement Demonstration of 2018 IYF is held in Changsha.

 

 A youth delegate from India notes, “We should think about how to encourage young people to return to rural areas to protect agricultural cultural heritage. And we should leverage technology to digitalize culture and showcase the digitalized heritage to the world. ”

 

 A youth delegate from Pakistan states, “Connectivity provides us with unprecedented opportunities. We young generation should put our innovative ideas into practice.”

 

 A youth delegate expresses gratitude to Changsha for holding such an excellent event.

 

 A youth delegate expresses her love to the amazing fireworks show on the Orange Isle.

 

The Achievement Demonstration of 2018 IYF is chaired by Eunice Geraldine Smith, Programme Specialist of Social and Human Sciences of UNESCO Beijing Office. (Photo/Liu Jia)

 

On the afternoon of May 23, 2018, the Achievement Demonstration of the International Youth Forum (IYF): Creativity and Heritage along the Silk Road was held in Changsha. Youth delegates from the Belt and Road countries shared their opinions on the inheritance, protection, and development of cultural heritage.

 

Different countries and regions should understand each other and appreciate each other’s cultural traditions. The youth delegates on the scene expressed that Changsha is a historic and cultural city full of creativity, vigor, and happiness. Its innovative development and hospitality impressed them deeply.

 

CPC Changsha Municipal Committee Publicity Department Deputy Director Long Gangyue said, “Our youths are the most creative people in our society, and creativity is the most important factor for development.” He hoped that the youth will serve as good cultural disseminators, cultural heritage guardians, and innovation incubators, to assume greater responsibility for and make more contributions to cultural heritage protection, cultural prosperity, and sustainable development.

 

The 2018 Changsha Media Arts Festival and the International Youth Forum: Creativity and Heritage along the Silk Road concluded on the same day.

 

Eight young artists from seven countries have been selected to participate in the “Experience Changsha Media Arts Program”. They will spend three weeks to learn about Hunan’s natural landscape; history and customs; and, culture and creative arts. A series of creations will be made in such areas as virtual reality, artificial intelligence, media arts, and heritage preservation.

 

 

 

Fireworks Show Displayed to Celebrate Changsha Media Arts Festival

 

On the evening of May 22, a fireworks show was held on Orange Isle, Changsha. It was part of the events of 2018 Changsha Media Arts Festival and the International Youth Forum: Creativity and Heritage along the Silk Road.

 

 

2018 Changsha Media Arts Festival Opens

 

The 2018 Changsha Media Arts Festival and the International Youth Forum: Creativity and Heritage along the Silk Road both opened on the evening of May 21. At the opening ceremony UNESCO presented Changsha with the “City of Media Arts” award. Changsha, along with the four prior winning cities of Enghien-les-Bains, France; York, UK; Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel; and Austin, Texas, US formed the “World Media Arts Alliance”.

 

The attendees included UNESCO and China Office, Enghien-les-Bains, Austin, York, and Tel Aviv-Yafo officials, and 70 youth delegates from 51 of the “Belt and Road” countries.

Participants will attend activities which explore Changsha’s charm as the City of Media Arts, and its latest developments in culture and the creative arts. These activities will serve as a bridge to promote cultural exchanges and mutual learning. They include:
the International Youth Forum: Creativity and Heritage along the Silk Road;
Media art night—fireworks show;
the Chinese and foreign youth gathering;
the Intangible Cultural Heritage Art & Media Arts Photography Exhibition;
Changsha field visits;
the Orange Isle Music Festival; and,
the ‘Experience Changsha Media Arts Program’.

UNESCO, the World Federation of UNESCO Clubs, Centres and Associations, the China National Commission for UNESCO, and the Changsha Municipal People's Government planned the event, and the Publicity Department of the CPC Changsha Municipal Committee and the Changsha Broadcast & Television Group organized it.  

 

Changsha, along with four prior winners of Enghien-les-Bains, York, Tel Aviv-Yafo, and Austin establish the “World Media Arts Alliance”.

 

UNESCO presents Changsha with the “City of Media Arts” award.

 

At the opening ceremony, formation of the China (Malanshan) Media Arts Forum is announced.

 

The “Unique Changsha” presentation

 

 

International Youth Delegates Visit Intangible Cultural Heritage Art Exhibition

 

The 2018 Changsha Media Arts Festival and the International Youth Forum: Creativity and Heritage along the Silk Road opened on May 21. International youth delegates participating in the activities arrived in Changsha one after another. On May 20, part of them visited the Intangible Cultural Heritage Art Exhibition and Media Arts Photography Exhibition. They learned about Changsha’s profound cultural connotations, experienced exquisite skills of Changsha intangible cultural heritage items, and acquainted themselves with Changsha’s flourishing cultural and creative industry.

 

A young delegate from Azerbaijan is attracted by the fine and exquisite skills of Hunan embroidery. (Photo/Huang Qiqing)

 

Changsha’s intangible cultural heritage item representatives were on display at five exhibition areas, including “Hunan embroidery and dough figurine”, “Tongguan Kiln”, “palm weaving and paper cutting”, and “chrysanthemum stone carving and fruit pit carving”. Freddy from Central Africa had a keen interest in Hunan embroidery at first sight.

In addition to physical display, many hands-on activities were arranged for them. The exhibited dough figurines including Guan Gong (namely Guan Yu, an ancient Chinese general in the Three Kingdoms period) are mainly based on traditional opera figures. Different in the styles, the dough figurines are similar to Japan’s garage kits. Both are very popular with the international youth delegates.

The Intangible Cultural Heritage Art Exhibition and Media Arts Photography Exhibition is one of the nine main activities of the 2018 Changsha Media Arts Festival and the International Youth Forum: Creativity and Heritage along the Silk Road. The exhibition lasted between May 20 and 22.

 

Changsha Picked as A UNESCO Creative City 

 

 

PARIS, Oct. 31 (Xinhua) -- The United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO) has picked up four Chinese cities to join its Creative Cities Network (UCCN), the organization said on Tuesday.

Created in 2004, the UCCN is covering seven creative fields, namely Crafts&Folk Art, Design, Film, Gastronomy, Literature, Music and Media Arts.

The four Chinese cities, Changsha (media arts), Macao Special Administrative Region (gastronomy), Qingdao (Film) and Wuhan (design) are among 64 cities from 44 countries and regions which join the network.

The UNESCO said on Tuesday that the four Chinese cities were picked for their efforts to "develop and exchange innovative best practices to promote creative industries, strengthen participation in cultural life and integrate culture into sustainable urban development policies."

The Paris-based UN body said in a statement that "Within the framework of the implementation of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the New Urban Agenda, the Network provides a platform for cities to demonstrate culture's role as an enabler for building sustainable cities."

In the future, Changsha will, aiming to build a global media arts city, push ahead with the creative city construction at the international standards. Efforts will be made to integrate ppp (public-private partnership) innovation, media arts, intelligent manufacturing, and mobile internet, so as to develop cultural and creative industry. The government will encourage folk cultural and creative activities, and try to establish an innovative laboratory for worldwide enterprises and talents in media arts and creativity. These are Changsha’s efforts to promote Chinese culture to the world, while protecting cultural diversity of the world.

 

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