The exhibition at the Guangzhou Library. [Photo: Newsgd.com/Monica]
Speaking of Belgium, what comes to your mind? Chocolate, waffle, the Adventure of Tintin or The Smurfs? Actually, Belgium is a meeting place for Latin culture and Germanic culture. Although it is not a big country, Belgium boasts outstanding cultural treasures and a unique modern history.
On Tuesday Dec. 6, the official opening ceremony of the Belgian section took place at the Guangzhou Library.
Not less than 1,553 Belgian books were offered to the Guangzhou Library, making the Belgian section the largest section of foreign literature in Guangzhou. Among these books was the entire library of the “Carlos de Amberes” Foundation, transferred from Ambabel Madrid, offering Chinese readers a fairly complete overview of Belgian literature.
This donation was accompanied by an exhibition, co-organized by the library and the Consulate General of Belgium in Guangzhou, introducing a selection of Belgian authors, both French-speaking and Dutch-speaking. It was completed with a presentation of the typical products of Limburg as well as the tourism and economic advantages of the province.
A group photo of the guests at the opening ceremony. [Photo: Newsgd.com/Monica]
“Books are always the best gifts for library. It is universally agreed that books are also the best bridge for cultural communication,” said Mr. Fang Jiazhong, Director of Guangzhou Library, “We hope the exhibition and the upcoming book talk activity will help the public to know more about Belgium, especially in the aspect of literature and the local customs and conditions of Limburg. We hope the audience will ‘fall in love’ with Belgium after the exhibition.”
In the name of province of Limburg, Mr. Jean-Paul Peuskens, Vice Governor of Limburg, expressed his thanks to all the organizations related for making the exhibition happen. Peuskens said, “It’s my strong belief that the good relations between the region of Guangdong and the region of Limburg will bring profit for both. Together we will accomplish prosperity and progress for our people.”
During this event, the guests also had the pleasure of tasting the Belgian specialties: speculoos, Liège waffles, cherry tarts, and other national sweets.
The Belgian section at the Guangzhou Library. [Photo provided to Newsgd.com]