– The Chinese cultural day was held in the Kenyan capital Nairobi on Monday night, with a captivating opera, fashion shows and kungfu at the ceremony attended by senior officials, diplomats, academics and students.
The event, which was convened by the Chinese Embassy in Kenya, the Confucius Institute of the University of Nairobi and the Kenya Cultural Center, was held under the theme “The Chinese Opera”.
Zhou Meifen, Cultural Counselor of the Chinese Embassy in Kenya, said the cultural event featuring Peking Opera, facial makeup, costume display and martial arts was timely amid ongoing efforts to improve the cultural exchanges and understanding between China and Kenya.
Zhou added that by attending the Chinese Culture Day celebrations, Kenyan youth will gain a better understanding of the Asian nation’s rich traditions, beliefs and value systems.
“Strengthening youth exchanges and enhancing China-Africa people-to-people exchanges is one of the important contents of the People-to-People and Cultural Exchange Project in the Dakar Action Plan of the China-Africa Cooperation Forum,” he said. zhou.
He noted that deepening cultural as well as people-to-people exchanges has become a fundamental component for strong China-Kenya relations, adding that in the near future, the Chinese Embassy in Kenya intends to organize events that enhance cultural understanding among citizens. of the two bilateral partners.
Lung’ashi Nyongesa, Director of Knowledge Management at the Kenya International Theater Festival, said the country was honored to host the Chinese cultural day celebrations, a reaffirmation of the burgeoning bilateral cooperation and friendship between Nairobi and Beijing.
Nyongesa noted that Chinese culture had enduring principles including harmony, tolerance and the pursuit of the collective good that could be emulated locally to help Kenyan society prosper.
Kimingichi Wabende, a professor in the Department of Literature and Performing Arts at the University of Nairobi, said that by taking advantage of cultural exchanges, Kenya and China could raise their cooperation to new levels and benefit the youth.
Wabende noted that Chinese culture has resonated with Kenyan youth, as evidenced by a growing number of students studying Mandarin and having acquired kungfu skills. ■