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Art and Cultural Exchange in the One Belt One Road Initiative

02 Apr 2016 10:30-18:00
Art and Cultural Exchange in the One Belt One Road Initiative 
A symposium firstly co-organised by Hong Kong Maritime Museum and Asian Art Hong Kong
Hong Kong, 26 February, 2016 – Hong Kong Maritime Museum and Asian Art Hong Kong, supported by the Maritime Silk Road Society, co-organise for the first time a symposium Art and Cultural Exchange in the One Belt One Road Initiative on Saturday, 2 April 2016 at the Hong Kong Maritime Museum from 10:30 to 18:00. 
The One Belt One Road initiative refers to the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st century Maritime Silk Road, a significant development strategy launched by China in 2013 with the aim of enhancing economic cooperation among 60 countries and more along the One Belt One Road routes. Previous discussions have focused on economic and trading collaboration strategies, but the cultural integration central to the initiative can be traced back to cross-cultural dialogues originated over two thousand years ago. With the Hong Kong’s position as an international metropolis that fosters cultural exchange, the symposium will bring together museum experts and scholars to explore cultural development and artistic exchange among countries on the Silk Road route. It will provide an interactive discussion platform through which key issues will be addressed. The programme aims to:
1. Enhance understanding of the historical significance of Silk Road maritime and land routes and cultural exchange between East and West;
2. Promote research on the diverse cultural interaction and dialogue of the sea and land trading routes; and
3. Explore cultural policies, partnership models, and research directions for Hong Kong museums and other institutions under the One Belt One Road initiative.
The Museum is honoured to invite eight local and regional museum leaders and scholars to attend the symposium as speakers, 
  • Dr. Wei Jun, Director, Guangdong Provincial Museum, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Guangdong Museum
  • Prof. Billy K.L. So, Head and Chair Professor, Division of Humanities, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
  • Dr. Tang Jigen, Director, Anyang Museum, Researcher, Chinese Academy of Social Science
  • Dr. Xu Lin, Senior Research Fellow, Antiques Department, Palace Museum, Beijing 
  • Dr. Raymond Tang, Curator, Chinese Antiquities, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Leisure and Cultural Services Department 
  • Dr. Fung Kam Wing, Associate Professor, School of Chinese, Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences, The University of Hong Kong
  • Mr. Richard Wesley, Director, Hong Kong Maritime Museum 
  • Dr. Libby Chan, Senior Curator, Hong Kong Maritime Museum
The symposium will be conducted in Mandarin and Cantonese with English facilitation.
This symposium will allow delegates and attendees to explore further historical and contemporary artistic and cultural perspectives of the One Belt One Road.
Related artifacts will be on display in the Museum galleries as well. The programme will appeal to both specialist and non-specialist audiences with an interest in the art, history and culture of this fascinating topic.
For further details about Asian Art Hong Kong, please visit www.asianarthk.com
Free with a museum entrance ticket.