An Israeli visitor signs on a piece of paper-cutting at the launch ceremony of China Cultural Center in Tel Aviv. SD-Agencies
While participating in the inauguration ceremony of the China Cultural Center in Tel Aviv on Nov. 26, Shenzhen International Cultural Industries Fair Co. Ltd. and the National Base for International Cultural Trade (Shenzhen) exhibited an array of Chinese cultural products.
At the event, the Shenzhen organizations invited Israel to attend the 14th China (Shenzhen) International Cultural Industries Fair (ICIF) next May.
The year 2017 marks the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Israel. The inauguration of the China Cultural Center in Tel Aviv symbolized the two countries having entered a new phase of cultural exchange, said Zhang Xu, vice minister of culture, at the opening ceremony.
Besides Zhang, other high-ranking officials from both the Chinese and Israeli governments, including the deputy director general of the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the vice mayor of Tel Aviv, also attended the opening ceremony, along with hundreds of other attendees.
In a speech, Zhang said that Israel, famous for innovation and technological advancement, is an important nation along the Belt and Road, and China has placed great value on setting up cultural centers in Israel.
An art exhibition was held at the newly opened cultural center. As the organizer of China’s most well-known cultural fair, the Shenzhen International Cultural Industries Fair Co. Ltd. showcased troves of cultural products from China at the exhibition.
During the exhibition, Ye Jianqiang, general manager of the company, introduced the ICIF to the Israeli guests and invited Israel to attend next year’s ICIF in Shenzhen.
Additionally, both the Chinese and Israeli guests visited a large photo exhibition themed “Chinese Stories 2017,” an exhibition of intangible cultural heritage masterpieces and a display of arts and crafts. (Zhang Qian)