The Belt & Road National Art & Culture Expo brings out the finest treasures and national culture of China, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Panama, Philippines, Thailand, Russia, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Turkey, Nigeria, Bangladesh, Iran, Myanmar, Taiwan and Hong Kong.
Exhibition highlights include solving Rubik’s Cube puzzles, invented by a Hungarian professor in 1974, at the Hungarian booth; and travelling through time to appreciate Turkish ceramics and tiles at the Turkish booth.
Moving to Africa, admire works by South African wildlife photographer Tianna Kotti, psychologist Lee du Ploy, cookies that look like works of art by designer Mia Nel and gifts from South African wine supplier Lekker Laa.
At the booth of Senegal, known as the cultural centre of West Africa, exquisite handicrafts and traditional sculptures are displayed. Meanwhile, Tanzania will take your breath away with wild animals at the Great Migration.
Mongolian artists will illustrate how humans live in harmony with the environment and how tradition blends with modernity, while Russian masters will showcase inspiring artistic jewellery.
In Asia, Bangladesh will display traditional embroidery craft of flowers, animals, birds and geometric shapes in ethnic styles, while in the Middle East, Iran will feature Persian rugs, known for their rich colors and patterns.
Guided tours are available for a deeper understanding of the beauty of the artwork.
Over 150 renowned Hong Kong artists will showcase works of different genres, including contemporary art, oil painting, watercolor, sculpture and installation art at “Awakening Desert: Hong Kong Outstanding Artists Exhibition”, which will demonstrate how Hong Kong transforms itself from a “cultural desert” into a “cultural oasis”.
At the “Belt & Road Art and Culture Forum”, consuls of various countries will share their national culture, art and world heritage, as well as new opportunities of the Belt and Road Initiative.
Cultural performances are plentiful, with Turkish artists performing marbled water paintings, and famous South African singer Ms. Lolo, who has taken part in Disney’s Lion King Musical, giving performances and lively African drum workshops.
For Chinese art enthusiasts, free trial classes will be given by Chinese painting masters of Nantian Artists Association. All are welcome on a first-come-first-served basis.
Finally, the Hong Kong Primary & Secondary Students Chinese Paintings Competition and Awards Ceremony will also take place during the Expo.