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Cultural links

Celebrating Wales’ National Day, St David’s Day in China

The Wales Millennium Centre visited Chongqing during Wales Week 2010 to deliver training on theatre management and marketing to the new Grand Theatre. Further links are being developed to build on this.

In August 2011, the Chongqing Cultural Bureau held a cultural week in Wales. This featured performances by the Chongqing Acrobatic Troupe and a showcase of artists at the National Museum of Wales.

The Dazu Rock carvings came to Wales for 3 months in 2011. This was the first time that the sacred carvings had left China.

In 2012, UK Now highlighted the connection between China and the UK by virtue of being consecutive hosts for the Olympic Games. The National Dance Company of Wales featured in the British Council organised event in China.

The BBC National Orchestra of Wales toured China in July 2012 giving concerts in Tianjin, Beijing and Shanghai, Shenzen and Guangzhou. In Beijing, the 2000 audience in the concert hall was joined by 6 million more watching live on television.

The China Three Gorges Museum in Chongqing hosted an exhibition on the history of Wales, Wales, Land of the Red Dragon in 2013.

In 2015 China’s highest ranking female politician, Vice Premier Madam Liu, made a two day visit to Wales. During her visit, Madam Liu took a private tour of the National Museum Cardiff and saw a number of famous paintings, sculptures and installations.

From January to 23 April 2017 an  exhibition of Chinese art, Nature's Song: Chinese Bird and Flower Paintings took place at the National Museum, Cardiff. It was the first stop on a UK tour of the art.