'Year of Changsha' spreads East Asian unity
Launched in 2014, the East Asian City of Culture campaign aims to promote cultural diversity in East Asia between China, Japan, and South Korea, to foster mutual understanding and build a better sense of unity in the region.
The opening ceremony for the "Year of Changsha" – the 2017 Culture City of East Asia, is held on April 19. [Photo/rednet.cn]
The opening ceremony was held at the Changsha Hall of the People and attended by top official Yi Lianhong, Daegu mayor Kwon Young-jin, Kyoto vice mayor Satoshi Uemura and representatives from the three countries.
Officials from Changsha, Kyoto and Daegu pour water from their mother rivers together, symbolizing the cultural unity. [Photo/rednet.cn]
"Changsha is a famous historic and cultural city in China, boasting long-standing connections with Japan and South Korea," Yi Lianhong said. "The trio should deepen relations through enhanced economic cooperation and cultural exchanges."
Cultural performances from each city were staged at the ceremony, featuring ethnic dances, martial arts, local operas from Changsha, as well as traditional music from Japan and South Korea.
Artists from Changsha, Kyoto and Daegu perform at the opening ceremony for the "Year of Changsha" on April 19.[Photo/rednet.cn]