Distinguished Mr. Ji Gouping, President of the Chinese Centre of ITI, Vice President of the China Theatre Association
Distinguished Mr. Luo Caifu, Director of the Xiamen Municipal Bureau of Culture, Radio, Film, Television, Press & Publication
Distinguished Mr. Liao Chaocheng, Deputy Director of Xiamen Municipal Bureau of Culture, Radio, Film, Television, Press & Publication
Dear ITI Friends,
Estimated Media Representatives,
From 19 to 24 September 2011 Xiamen is becoming the worldwide attraction point for the Performing Arts – theatre, music theatre and dance. More than 300 international and 500 national delegates, artists and guests will consider Amoy in the province of Fujian their cultural Mecca.
For people all over the world China has a lot of mysteries to discover – especially when it comes to culture, especially when it comes to the performing arts and even more specifically to the Chinese Drama and Music Theatre – Xiqu.
“Empowering the Performing Arts: A journey through Xiqu” is the theme of the congress. The International Theatre Institute and its partners the Chinese Theatre Association, the authorities of Xiamen and the Chinese Centre of the International Theatre Institute have set the accent on your culture here. Moreover they have set the accent on the importance of culture in the life of a human being.
Empowering the Performing Arts means that we believe that nations and people from all over the world should use their culture, their performing arts as an ambassador for their country. They should use it for a bridge between different cultures, they should consider it as an important need for every person, and they should enable people to be educated in all the different techniques that are connected with the theatre, dance and music.
The delegates, artists and guests of the congress are coming here with a lot of interest for your culture, for your special way to express the culture of Fujian and Xiamen, mainly in their operas. They are bringing their own culture with them and the international participants will also be able to see some performances created as international collaborations – with the involvement of Chinese dancers and actors.
The delegates, artists and guests are giving their power to the performing arts and use it as a bridge between their own cultures and the Chinese cultures. Round tables, performances, presentations, workshops and the art is the main reason why there are coming here. And while all their cultures are different, there will always be one thing that unites them – being human, being receptive to the friendliness of the other, longing for a world for peace and searching mutual understanding.
That is why we are extremely happy to be able to come to Xiamen. Because the people here are open, they treat foreigners with friendliness – and since coming here the first time last year, we always have felt the enthusiasm and the warmth of our partners here.
Together with our Chinese partners we are all working to make this a unique congress – the best congress ever in the history of the International Theatre Institute: well planned, well organized, with plenty of shows, workshops, presentations and space for connecting the cultures of the world with the Chinese culture, and – what is important – with the needed hospitality that will show the public from all corners of the world that they can consider Amoy for a week as their home and a place they always can come back. Because one trip never will be enough to explore Xiamen and Fujian.
I like to thank Mr. Ji Gouping, Mr. Liao Caifu, Mr. Liao Chaocheng, Mr. Wang Ling and all persons who have become our partners for the 33rd World Congress.
In having us here these days, you have started to empower the performing arts, and we have begun our journey through Xiqu.
International Theatre Institute ITI