Lantern show raises awareness of China through art in Colombia

( Xinhua ) Updated: 2016-03-30 10:40:53

Lantern show raises awareness of China through art in Colombia


For two weeks, the 93 Park and the National Capitol building, two of Bogota's emblematic locations, have been decorated with eye-catching terracotta warrior lanterns, a rare scene in the South American city.

The show, part of the 15th Iberoamerican Theater Festival, is inspired by the terracotta warriors discovered at the tomb of China's first emperor, who reigned in the 3rd century BC.

The show is also included in the program for the year of cultural exchanges between China and Latin America, which was proposed by Chinese President Xi Jinping during his visit to Latin America in July 2014.

"For the majority of Colombians, it is surely a very interesting exhibition, but when you get close you get to know the history behind it," said Andres Camacho, a visitor.

Camacho's remarks were echoed by Chinese ambassador Li Nianping, who said at the exhibition's inauguration that the show contributed to strengthening Colombians' awareness of China's history through art.

"Geographically, China and Colombia are very far away, with different cultures and histories, which is why it is even more necessary to increase mutual understanding," the ambassador told Xinhua.

Also this week, Colombian dance group Pasion Caribe will perform in Beijing.

Rosana Lignarolo, director of Pasion Caribe, was excited at the opportunity to perform the shows for the first time in China and she spoke highly of cultural interactions between the two countries.

"Hopefully, it can become a regular event and not only for one-time celebrations so that we can keep our cultures connected," Lignarolo told Xinhua.

Colombia expects to hold more Chinese culture events this year, after Jilin Song and Dance Ensemble and Shanghai Jiangzhou Drum Company have successfully performed in Bogota recently.


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