ALMATY, Kazakhstan – At 10am local time on August 26, the “Sensing China-Travel to Kazakhstan” exhibition formally opened at Kazakhstan National University in the nation’s largest city Almaty.
Co-sponsored by the State Council Information Office of the People’s Republic of China, the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Kazakhstan, the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Almaty, Astana government and the municipal government of Almaty, the exhibition will last for six days (from August 26-31) and features a photo exhibition and tourism promotion, a “Created in China” economics and trade fair, the “establishing China” pavilion, the China intangible cultural heritage exhibition, and media visits between China and Kazakhstan.
The centuries-old history, superior natural conditions, inclusive city temperament, cultural exchange and mutual learning brought by the South Silk Road together have formed the outstanding traditional culture of Chengdu. As the region’s most traditional art skills, Shu embroidery, bamboo weaving, shadow play, eggshell painting, calligraphy, gourd pyrography and tea art will join together with Ya’an Tibetan tea and Wusheng paper-cutting to offer visitors an interactive and performance-filled experience to vividly present China’s intangible traditional art skills to an audience.
Part of the “Sensing China” series sees the arrival in Almaty of 30 panda sculptures, a special gift from Chengdu, in China’s southwestern Sichuan province. The “panda exhibition” is set to be one of the highlights of the show and will show the people of Kazakhstan the culture, spirit and charm of China.
The pandas on display were co-created by the young people of China Central Academy of Fine Arts, Sichuan University, Sichuan Normal University, Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts and inheritors of intangible cultural heritage, with the intention of bringing them to Kazakhstan to show the world what it is to be “Created in China”, not just “Made in China.”
“We want to conserve Chinese culture by borrowing the symbol of China’s national treasure, the panda, to protect intangible cultural heritages, instill the newborn strength of Chengdu into younger generations, and present Chengdu in the way that it deserves,” said Kevin Liu, the designer of the “panda exhibition”.