Shanghai Cooperation Organization National Children's Art Exhibition

By Aaron Mah, December 7, 2020

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On the morning of December 4, 2020, the opening ceremony of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization National Children's Painting Exhibition with the theme of "Promoting the Shanghai Cooperation Culture and Building the Spirit of Shanghai" was held in Shanghai World Mart, the venue of the 24th Shanghai Art Fair.

Xia Jie, Vice-Chairman and Secretary of the Secretariat of the All-China Women’s Federation, Vladimir Norov, Secretary-General of the SCO, Joshir Said Zoda, the Tajik Ambassador to China, the rotating chairman of the SCO, and SCO member states in China Envoys and others attended the event. The event was supported by the All-China Women’s Federation and the SCO Good-Neighborly and Friendship and Cooperation Committee. Under the guidance of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Secretariat and the Shanghai Municipal People’s Government Information Office, it was organized by Shanghai Century Publishing Group, Wuzhou Communication Center and Shanghai Art Fair International Exhibition Co-sponsored by Limited Company.

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SCO Secretary-General Norov stated that the SCO Secretariat has always supported the promotion of creative projects involving youth and children, aimed at consolidating friendship among the peoples of SCO countries, and promoting tolerance and respect for cultural diversity. "It is gratifying that the younger generation of SCO countries has shared the principle of mutual support since childhood and called for unity. At present, all countries in the world are interconnected, the virus knows no borders, and unity and cooperation are the weapons to defeat the epidemic. Through holding art exhibitions, children can understand The cultural diversity of the SCO countries awakens their interest in art, correctly understands current issues, strengthens friendship bridges, and promotes intergenerational dialogue."

To welcome the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the SCO, the SCO Secretariat will launch a series of cultural and sports activities in 2021, including the SCO National Children’s Art Exhibition, the China-Shanghai Cooperation Organization Youth Video Exhibition, the Beijing Expo SCO Honor Day and Shanghai Garden activities, etc., as well as SCO Marathon Series, SCO Yoga and Tai Chi Day, etc.

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Tajikistan’s ambassador to China, Johir Said Zorda, the rotating chairman of the SCO, announced at the opening ceremony that 2021 is the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the SCO. Tajikistan will host a series of colorful events together with the Shanghai Art Fair. Humanities exchange activities show the enthusiasm and expectation of the rotating chairmanship of the SCO, and promote the development of cultural exchanges within the framework of the SCO. "If circumstances permit, we will continue to hold children's art exhibitions."

Xia Jie, vice chairman and secretary of the Secretariat of the All-China Women’s Federation, stated in his speech that President Xi Jinping advocated that all countries "promote people-to-people bonds and build a humanistic community" at the 20th meeting of the SCO Council of Heads of State this year. Children are the hope of the country and the future of mankind. The holding of children’s painting exhibitions is a vivid practice of this initiative, allowing children from all countries of the SCO to promote the culture of SCO from an early age, build the spirit of Shanghai, and be envoys of friendship and peace. Let the friendship of the people of the SCO be passed on from generation to generation. She said: "The All-China Women's Federation is willing to work with all parties to contribute to the enhancement of the friendship between the people of the SCO countries, the construction of the SCO humanistic community, and the construction of a community with a shared future for mankind."\

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According to Kan Ninghui, the representative of the event organizer and the president of Shanghai Century Publishing Group, the exhibition exhibited more than 200 works from 18 countries of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, combined with the children's book exhibition held at the same time, the interaction between artists and young painters, highlighting " The Shanghai spirit of mutual trust, mutual benefit, equality, consultation, respect for diverse civilizations and seeking common development. While reflecting the cultural traditions of the SCO countries, the art exhibition also shows the spirit of the SCO countries to unite and forge ahead and overcome difficulties together. "We sincerely hope that through the holding of this event, we can build the spirit of Shanghai and greet the next 20 years of more healthy development."

The opening of this painting exhibition also heralds the full launch of the SCO Sports series with the theme of "Meet in 2022" to warm up the Beijing Winter Olympics: On December 6, the SCO Kunming Marathon will be launched online and offline. The 18 countries of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization held a grand ceremony. From Kunming, China, to Astana in Kazakhstan, to Lake Issyk-Kul in Kyrgyzstan, the SCO Marathon series has been included in the declaration issued by the SCO Heads of State Summit three times. In addition, SCO’s 20th anniversary sports series such as SCO Yoga and Tai Chi Day, SCO Boxing Match, SCO University Student Football Cup and University President’s Forum will also be unveiled.

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The organizer of the above activities is Shanghai Art Fair International Exhibition Co., Ltd., the partner of the SCO Secretariat in the humanities field. It is also the largest, oldest, and most internationalized art trading event in China and Asia. The exclusive operating agency of the art fair. Currently, the Shanghai Art Fair has been held for 24 sessions. As an important platform for international cultural exchanges, Shanghai Art Fair has also become the sole authorized party of the Russian National Museum in China (except Taiwan).

Shanghai Century Publishing Group was established in February 1999. It was the first publishing group in the country approved by the Central Propaganda Department and the former Press and Publication Administration and one of the first batch of national cultural system reform pilot units. At present, the group has developed into a comprehensive large-scale publishing and media group integrating the four major business sectors of book publishing, printing and printing, physical bookstores, and artwork management. It is one of the "Top 30 National Cultural Enterprises". In the future, Century Publishing Group will strengthen cooperation with Wuzhou Communication Center and other institutions, tell the story of SCO, promote the "Shanghai Spirit", further promote cooperation in the international cultural field, and build a more dissemination and influence for Shanghai's fine cultural "going out" A powerful cultural exchange platform.

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