Changsha 'Culture City of East Asia 2017'
Changsha has decided to allocate 300 million yuan ($44.92 million) for about 100 cultural programs after it was selected as China's representative for "culture city of East Asia 2017".
It was chosen from the candidate cities, including Harbin, Heilongjiang province in Northeast China and Sanya in South China’s Hainan province, at the final evaluation conference on July 25.
Initiated in 2013, the "Culture City of East Asia" project is a tri-national event to promote cultural exchange between Japan, China and South Korea. Each nation selects one city that explains its cultural development through various programs to encourage trilateral cultural exchange.
Liuyang fireworks and firecrackers, one of Changsha's 1,366 registered intangible cultural heritages. [Photo/Changsha Evening News]
The capital of central China's Hunan Province boasts long-standing connections with Japan and South Korea and will expand them through economic and cultural exchanges.
Supported by its beautiful landscapes and intangible cultural heritages, including Hunan embroidery, Tongguan kiln work, and Liuyang shadow puppetry, Changsha has successfully hosted many cultural festivals, becoming well-known internationally.
The local drama show in Changsha. [Photo/Changsha Evening News]
The city, with a history of over 3,000 years and a population of over seven million people，plans to establish a literature resources center as well as a website in Chinese, Japanese and Korean.
To celebrate its traditions and creativity and deepen the connections between Hunan culture and the world, the city has also planned and prepared more festivals and activities about sports, music and the arts.
The previous three cities to represent China were Quanzhou in Fujian province, Qingdao in Shandong province and Ningbo in Zhejiang province.
Source: Changsha Evening News