On September 17, 2021, to celebrate the International Day of Peace, the 8th “Peace Garden Peace Festival” was jointly organized by the China World Peace Foundation, Beijing International Peace Culture Foundation, UNESCO, foreign diplomatic missions and other institutions at the Beijing Peace Garden Museum. Dignitaries, diplomatic envoys, government officials, representatives of international organizations, heads of social organizations, leaders from all walks of life and youth representatives from more than 100 countries participated in the event, which was live streamed on the official website of UNESCO globally.
The 8th Peace Garden Peace Festival
As the supporter of this event, the BUCEA arranged its International Development Research Institute (IDRI) to organize and curate the Harmony & Beauty: ZHAO Xigang Belt & Road New Paper-cut Art Exhibition as part of the Festival. Since its establishment in July 2020, the IDRI has regarded the Belt and Road Architectural University International Consortium (BRAUIC) as an important platform and channel for the university to implement its internationalization strategy. In March this year, the BUCEA signed a strategic cooperation agreement with the Beijing International Peace Culture Foundation, advancing strategic cooperation based on the principles of “fully-tapped advantages, joint advancement, long-term collaboration, and mutual benefit”. Through international platforms such as UNESCO, we will promote all-round exchanges and cooperation in architecture and related fields. As part of the strategic cooperation, the BUCEA recommended the new paper-cutting art of Professor ZHAO Xigang of the School of Architecture and Urban Planning as a bridge for cultural exchanges with the world.
Poster for the Harmony & Beauty: ZHAO Xigang Belt & Road New Paper-cut Art Exhibition
ZHAO Xigang’s new paper-cutting art combines Chinese freehand style and traditional decorative art with modern design concepts and contemporary art spirit, gradually forming a new paper-cutting style featuring “childlike delight”, “beauty”, “kindness” and “fashion”. Revolving around the four subjects of “Harmonious World”, “Harmonious China”, “The Beauty of Solar Terms”, and “The Harmony and Joy of Dynamism and Stillness”, the exhibition interprets the important role of art and culture in jointly building a community of shared future for mankind through the Belt and Road Initiative. We hope that the Chinese paper-cutting art will connect our hearts and encourage us to jointly create a better future.
Professor ZHAO Xigang introducing new paper-cutting works to foreign friends
During the event, Professor ZHAO Xigang donated a new paper-cut work “Reinvention of the Tang Dynasty painting Five Oxen by Han Huang: A Willing Ox With Its Head Bowed” as a permanent collection of the Beijing Peace Garden Museum. It symbolizes the pragmatic strategic cooperation between the BUCEA and Beijing International Peace Culture Foundation to create a better future of the international exchanges and cooperation along the Belt and Road.
Donation ceremony of the new paper-cut work
Professor ZHAO Xigang delivering remarks at the Peace Garden Peace Festival
Beijing Peace Garden Peace Festival has been co-organized by UNESCO and Beijing International Peace Culture Foundation since 2014. This year, the BUCEA is the supporter of the Festival. This exhibition will also kick off the build-up to the Panel Session on Resilient City and Smart Development under the 5th China-CEEC Capital Mayors Forum and the 2021 BRAUIC Conference and President’s Forum in late November. Also present at the Festival are representatives from the IDRI, the School of Architecture and Urban Planning, and the Modern Paper-cutting Art Research Institute of BUCEA.
Group photo of the BUCEA delegates at the Peace Garden Peace Festival