The 2018 Changsha Media Arts Festival and the International Youth Forum: Creativity and Heritage along the Silk Road opened on May 21. International youth delegates participating in the activities arrived in Changsha one after another. On May 20, part of them visited the Intangible Cultural Heritage Art Exhibition and Media Arts Photography Exhibition. They learned about Changsha’s profound cultural connotations, experienced exquisite skills of Changsha intangible cultural heritage items, and acquainted themselves with Changsha’s flourishing cultural and creative industry.
Changsha’s intangible cultural heritage item representatives were on display at five exhibition areas, including “Hunan embroidery and dough figurine”, “Tongguan Kiln”, “palm weaving and paper cutting”, and “chrysanthemum stone carving and fruit pit carving”. Freddy from Central Africa had a keen interest in Hunan embroidery at first sight.
In addition to physical display, many hands-on activities were arranged for them. The exhibited dough figurines including Guan Gong (namely Guan Yu, an ancient Chinese general in the Three Kingdoms period) are mainly based on traditional opera figures. Different in the styles, the dough figurines are similar to Japan’s garage kits. Both are very popular with the international youth delegates.
The Intangible Cultural Heritage Art Exhibition and Media Arts Photography Exhibition is one of the nine main activities of the 2018 Changsha Media Arts Festival and the International Youth Forum: Creativity and Heritage along the Silk Road. The exhibition lasted between May 20 and 22.