| Azaraimy HH |
BRUNEI took part in the closing ceremony of the Asean-China Cultural Exchange Year 2014 at the Myanmar International Convention Centre in Nay Pyi Taw, earlier this week represented by a local painter and the Senandung Budaya cultural troupe from the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports (MCYS).
The Asean-China Exchange Year 2014, which was announced in statement during the 16th Asean-China Summit 2013 in Bandar Seri Begawan and officiated on April 7 this year in Beijing, was an initiative of the People’s Republic of China and the Asean Secretariat in realising cooperation in the field of culture in line with the Asean agreement with China.
Various activities were held for the exchange year programme, including a textile exhibition entitled “Glamour to Wear: The Asean and Chinese Costume Culture”, the “Charming Asean. Approaching China” festival and the 9th China-Asean Cultural Forum, as well as other activities organised by the Asean-China Centre, the Asean Secretariat and Asean member countries.
Prior to the closing ceremony, the Deputy Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Datin Paduka Hajah Adina binti Othman, alongside delegations from Asean countries also attended the opening ceremony of the Arts Exhibition at the Myanmar International Convention Centre 2.
Brunei was represented by Umi Zaty Bazilah binti Zakaria, a young artist from the Brunei Art Forum who exhibited her paintings entitled “Lady in Red” and “Horizon”.
The deputy minister and delegates then attended the closing ceremony of the Asean-China Exchange Year 2014, which was also attended by the Deputy President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, U Nyan Tun, accompanied by deputy ministers as well as the Deputy Secretary General of Asean and representatives from Asean countries. Among the closing ceremony’s highlights were cultural performances from China and Asean countries, including Brunei’s Senandung Budaya troupe.
Datin Paduka Hjh Adina was accompanied by senior officers from the MCYS and the Embassy of Brunei Darussalam in Myanmar.