UNCG will host a delegation of 26 Chinese provincial and municipal leaders from Nov.1-3. The group – which is also visiting New York, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. – includes mayors and top leaders from seven Chinese provinces who want to learn more about the cultural and performing arts and the entertainment industries in the U.S.
This cultural delegation has been organized by the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC), a national organization engaged in people-to-people diplomacy between the People’s Republic of China and other countries. It aims to further international cooperation and, among its many activities, it is entrusted by the government with promoting cultural exchange and cooperation.
The visit of these Chinese leaders is the result of an initiative undertaken by a delegation of UNCG administrators and faculty who visited the CPAFFC headquarters in Beijing in April 2012.
UNCG is preparing a symposium for this group on “Entrepreneurship and the Arts in the U.S.” with lectures and discussions by top artists, teachers and performers; there will also be a presentation at the Weatherspoon Art Museum, and visits with city and university leaders, including Mayor Robbie Perkins and Chancellor Linda P. Brady.
Two special concert performances will be presented at UNCG in honor of the guests.
- On Thursday, Nov. 1, at 5:15 p.m., UNCG faculty musicians will present a concert at the Recital Hall of the School of Music Theater and Dance. Performers will include the Faculty Jazz Quartet, the East Wind Quintette d’Anches, the McIver String Quartet, pianist Andrew Willis on fortepiano, and singers Clara O’Brien, Nancy Walker and Donald Hartmann.
- On Friday, Nov. 2, at 6:30 p.m., students of choreographer and dance professor Duane Cyrus will perform in the UNCG Dance Theater in the HHP building.
The performances are free and open to the public. All are cordially invited to attend.