Culture and arts connect people: envoy

James Kon

Culture and arts serve to connect hearts and emotions between peoples, and build a bond that lead to better understanding and deeper trust between countries. The exchanges of art and culture between China and Brunei are very active,as stated by Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Brunei Darussalam Yu Hong at the Brunei-China Art and Visual Culture Festival launched by Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin yesterday afternoon.

The envoy said the minister attended the Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilisations held in Beijing in 2019. “Exchange of visits between Chinese and Bruneian painters were successful. Chinese performance troupes visited Brunei many times in recent years. All these exchanges of ideas and experiences played a positive role in promoting cultural exchanges between China and Brunei.”

Organised by Huifong’s Art Gallery in conjunction with the 30th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Brunei Darussalam and the People’s Republic of China, the festival aims to celebrate the art and cultural diversities, and friendship between the peoples of Brunei and China.

The festival is also supported by the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports (MCYS), Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Brunei Darussalam, Beijing People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (BPAFFC), Foreign Affairs Office of Nanjing Municipal People’s Government, and Brunei-China Friendship Association (BCFA), and sponsored by Baiduri Bank.

Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Anak Haji Abdul Wadood Bolkiah bin Pengiran Lela Cheteria Sahibun Najabah Pengiran Anak Haji Abdul Aziz and spouse Pengiran Seti Aminah binti Pengiran Othman were also present, at the launch, along with representatives from the Chinese community and MCYS officials.

Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Anak Haji Abdul Wadood Bolkiah bin Pengiran Lela Cheteria Sahibun Najabah Pengiran Anak Haji Abdul Aziz and spouse Pengiran Seti Aminah binti Pengiran Othman with Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Brunei Darussalam Yu Hong and Baiduri Bank Chief Executive Officer Ti Eng Hui at the ceremony. PHOTO: JAMES KON

The launch saw the presentation of tokens of appreciation to the minister, Chinese ambassador, BCFA President Dr Muhammad Firdaus Abdul Rahman and Baiduri Bank Chief Executive Officer Ti Eng Hui by the organiser.

The guests were also treated to cultural performances of silat, wushu and taichi, and Malay and Chinese traditional dances, as well as a fusion of poetry recital in Malay and a calligraphy demonstration.

A digital photography exhibition is held at the Atrium of Baiduri Headquarters starting yesterday until August 9, showcasing photo collections from BPAFFC, Foreign Affairs Office of Nanjing Municipal People’s Government, Brunei Photographic Society and independent photographers. The collections have been curated by Huifong’s Art Gallery under the themes ‘Faces and Cultures of Brunei’ and ‘Friendship between Brunei and China’.

An art dialogue between invited artists from both countries, will also be held today at Baiduri Community Space at 2pm. Pre-registration is encouraged to comply with COVID-19 safety measures.