2019 NZ China Youth Art Exhibition in Waimakariri

晴阳 Yang Qin Zhou

<h3 style="text-align: left">NZ Hubei Economy Trade Culture Association (short for NZ HB ETC) and Hubei Provincial People's Foreign Friendship Association organized this exhibition alongside with Waimakariri Enshi sister city advisory group to exhibit excellent artworks selected from schools in Waimakariri, Enshi Hubei China.</h3> <h1><b><font color="#167efb"><i>Background</i></font></b></h1><p>NZ HB ETC facilitated and helped Enshi Hubei and Waimakariri sister city relationship in 2016. Official and civil of the two districts visited each other successively, had exchanges and interactions in the fields of agriculture and animal husbandry, soil science, culture, education, and tourism.</p><p><br></p> <h1><b><font color="#167efb"><i>The theme is</i></font> <font color="#ed2308">M</font><font color="#b06fbb">y</font> <font color="#ff8a00">H</font>o<font color="#167efb">m</font><font color="#9b9b9b">e</font><font color="#39b54a">t</font><font color="#167efb">o</font><font color="#ed2308">w</font>n.</b></h1><p>The exhibition opened on 15th August 2019.&nbsp;The exhibition aims to develop sister cities friendships from a young age.&nbsp;</p><p>We appreciate the support from Waimakariri District Council, Consulate-General of PR of China in Christchurch NZ National Culture Development Center and other supporting organizations including friends of NZ and China.</p> <p>Youth art album of <i><b style=""><font color="#39b54a">2019 NZ China Youth Art Exhibition and Culture Exchange</font></b></i> was published for the exhibition. The calligraphy on the cover was written by Dr Gong Qin, the event planner, deputy president of NZ HB ETC.&nbsp;</p> A message from David Ayers, the mayor of Waimakariri for the youth art album of 2019 NZ China Youth Art Exhibition and Culture exchange. The preface for the art album by Dr Gong Qin, the event planner, deputy president of NZ HB ETC. A message for the art album by Mr Jianming Wu the president of Hubei Provincial People's Foreign Friendship Association&nbsp; "To readers" in the art album by Dr Yafei Zhou, the president of NZ HB ETC, member of&nbsp;Waimakariri Enshi sister city advisory group. The opening ceremony of 2019 NZ China Youth Art Exhibition and Culture Exchange was held on 15th August 2019 in Kaiapoi Library/Art Gallery/Musem of Waimakariri. Kaiapoi Ruataniwha Library/Art Gallery/Musem of Waimakariri under warm sunshine though in the middle of winter.&nbsp; David Ayers, Mayor of Waimakariri (middle) met XueJun Xing (right 2) and Gang Yu (right), consul of Consulate-General of PR of China in Christchurch. Jim Palmers (right 2), Chief Executive of Waimakariri city council, Bruce Kearney (left 2), principal of Kaiapoi High School. <p>Matt Doocey (right) New Zealand MP for Waimakariri.&nbsp;Bruce Kearney (left), principal of Kaiapoi High School.</p> Kirstyn Barnett (left),&nbsp;Councillor of Waimakariri. Dr Yafei Zhou (left), president of NZ HB ETC,&nbsp;member of Waimakariri Enshi sister city advisory group.&nbsp;Dan Gordon (right)&nbsp;Councillor of Waimakariri. Heather Warwick (right), Chief Executive of Enterprise North Canterbury. Guy Graham (right), Business Support Officer of Enterprise North Canterbury. Tania Nathan (Middle) welcome people to come inside with a mihi (informal karanga) Guests move inside of the Library/Art Gallery/Musem&nbsp; <p>Guests watched Maori Kapa haka performed by 50 school children</p><p><a href="https://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XNDMxOTUyMjE0OA==.html?spm=a2h0j.11185381.listitem_page1.5~A" target="_blank" class="link"><i class="iconfont icon-iconfontlink">&nbsp;</i>Click this link to view video</a><br></p> David Ayers (right), Mayor of Waimakariri made a speech to open 2019 NZ China Youth Art Exhibition and Culture Exchange. Children are our future, we wish friendship between Waimakariri and Enshi long last. Maori song with the blow of conch shell Speech made by representatives of the event organizers&nbsp; <p>Dr Yafei Zhou (right 2), president of NZ HB ETC, member of Waimakariri Enshi sister city advisory group.<br></p><p>Tao Wang (right), deputy director of Hubei Provincial Foreign Service Centre, representative of Hubei Provincial People's Foreign Friendship Association.</p> Murray Overton (rear left 2), Principal of Kaiapoi Borough School, and representatives of school teachers. Attention paid to culture performance. Louise Johns, (middle) Kaiapoi Borough School teacher, member of Waimakariri Enshi sister city advisory group, acted and co-organised this exhibition and culture exchange. 11 years old painter Jessica FU, Chinese Kiwi student of COBHAM Intermediate School Christchurch played Harp.&nbsp; Jessica FU's Chinese water painting artwork was displayed in&nbsp;2019 NZ China Youth Art Exhibition at Christchurch City Council Hall same period as the Waimakariri Youth Art Exhibition.<br> The performance reflects a culture harmony.&nbsp; <p>From Left:</p><p>Artist, art teacher FuTang Chen, Jessica FU, Jessica's mum, art teacher XiaoMing Zhao.</p> A&nbsp;souvenir was given to young artist Jessica FU (middle) Wear Chinese traditional dress at the event to add Chinese color to the culture exchange Reading the youth art album of 2019 NZ China Youth Art Exhibition and Culture exchange.&nbsp; <p>Become Friends!</p><p>From left to right:&nbsp;</p><p>Yang Zhou, Deputy President of NZ HB ETC, member of Waimakariri Enshi sister city advisory group.</p><p>Dr Yafei Zhou,&nbsp;President of NZ HB ETC, member of Waimakariri Enshi sister city advisory group.</p><p>Dr Gong Qin,&nbsp;Deputy President of NZ HB ETC, Event Planner.</p><p>Paula Eskett, Head Librarian of Waimakariri Library.</p><p>Jason Clements,&nbsp;Learning Connections Coordinator of Waimakariri Library.&nbsp;</p><p>Tao Wang, deputy director of Hubei Provincial Foreign Service Centre, representative of Hubei Provincial People's Foreign Friendship Association.</p> Taste English style morning tea, a food culture exchange.&nbsp; Record the Maori performance. Kiwi souvenir to the Chinese representative. Chinese souvenir to Waimakariri people. <p>2019 NZ China Youth Art Exhibition and Culture Exchange</p> 50 pieces outstanding youth artworks of Waimakariri and Enshi will be displayed from 15th Aug to 15th Sept.&nbsp; <p>This Exhibition set up a platform for the cultural exchange, to develop their imagination, inspire their creative talents, express their patriotic and hometown affection.&nbsp;<br></p><p>The young artists aged from 7 to 18.<br></p><p><br></p><p><a href="https://ccc.govt.nz/news-and-events/whats-on/show/2832" target="_blank" class="link"><i class="iconfont icon-iconfontlink">&nbsp;</i>Click this link see the ad about the exhibition</a><br></p> <p>Meanwhile, to make friends through painting, improve mutual understanding, extend the friendship between people from generation to generation!<br></p> <p>Art has no boundaries; childhood pleasure is priceless. Children are the continuation of culture, the hope for the future and the most valuable assets of our two countries. Children have innocent but fearless minds, original perspectives, pure and kind hearts, and amazing imagination and creativity. They express their observation and feelings with their works and contribute to the friendship and cultural exchanges between our two countries. Thumb up for kids!&nbsp;<br></p> <p><i><b>Report by&nbsp;</b></i></p><p><b><font color="#167efb">New Zealand Hubei Economy Trade Culture Association (NZ HB ETC)</font></b></p> Contact <font color="#167efb">nz.hb.etc@gmail.com</font> for purchasing the painting album<br><br><a href="http://www.nz-hb-etc.nz" target="_blank" class="link"><i class="iconfont icon-iconfontlink">&nbsp;</i>Click the link to visit NZ HB ETC webside</a>