Curator insists on proper investment in preservation of traditional arts and cultural values – The Sun Nigeria
Liu Bing, curator at the Weihai Intangible Cultural Heritage Protection Center in Beijing, China, stressed the need for adequate investment in the preservation of traditional arts to promote cultural values.
Traditional arts are learned from person to person, passed down from generation to generation, and influenced by culture, family, ethnicity, and time.
Liu gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on the sidelines of a journalists’ tour under the auspices of the China-Africa Press Center (CAPC) 2022 program in Shandong.
Liu said, “Cultural heritage is created by people and meant for humanity; the protection and inheritance of intangible cultural heritage plays a great role in China’s rejuvenation.
“It helps to build a shared spiritual home for the Chinese people, develop beautiful traditional Chinese culture, and perpetuate ancient Chinese civilization.
“Currently, among all intangible cultural heritage items in Weihai, there are two items on the national list, 28 on the provincial list, 114 on the municipal list and 204 on the district list.
“They witnessed the diligence of the Weihai people and the history of Weihai Town; the current generation has a duty to transmit intangible cultural heritage to the next with careful protection, inheritance and practice.
“This is a historic mission that respects the past and the prospects for the future.”
The curator said that although the artwork can only be displayed to the public, it is not being exported.
Liu further explained that the artwork was produced from the artist’s studio, saying there were no special requirements for mass production.
“The Weihai Intangible Exhibition Hall covers an area of 800 square meters, and the overall exhibition is divided into three chapters; original symbiosis, gratitude and worship for the sea, and humanistic craftsmanship.
“These successively present the intangible cultural heritage of Weihai under three aspects; local production and life, folk customs and characteristic humanities.
“No less than 20 items from the national, provincial and municipal list of intangible cultural heritage are on display, which is an important window for the city to publicize heritage protection to the public.
“To show the realization of the city’s intangible cultural heritage and its protection and to show the excellent intangible cultural heritage,” the curator added.
At least 90 journalists from 67 countries in Africa, the Middle East, Europe, Latin America and Asia-Pacific are taking part in the programme, which started in June.
The program, which is organized by the China Public Diplomacy Association, is expected to end in November 2022. (NAN