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Chinese calligraphy concert in Vienna marks anniversary of bilateral ties

06-01-2011 15:26 BJT

VIENNA, May 31 (Xinhua) -- The Chinese Calligraphy Concert 2011, among the activities being held to celebrate the 40 anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Austria, was held here Monday, attracting nearly 1,000 local people from all walks of life.

The concert, sponsored by the Austria-China Association for Cultural Exchanges, combined traditional Chinese music and dancing with a live performance of Chinese calligraphy conducted by Li Binquan, a member of the Chinese Calligraphers Association.

Chinese calligraphy is an important component of Chinese culture that has been enlisted into Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.

The concert was a rare occasion for local audiences to enjoy a mixture of music and Chinese calligraphy.

Garden layout, porcelain and many other Chinese elements were included in the concert held at Vienna's Hofburg Palace.

It was divided into 16 chapters with each staging a performance featuring a famous Chinese song or a traditional Chinese musical instrument, coupled with a display of ancient costumes, a court dance or Peking opera.

To the accompaniment of music, Li wrote his stylish calligraphy.

Jeschko Brigitte, a member of the audience, told Xinhua the artistic combination of music and Chinese calligraphy made it easier for her to comprehend the Chinese form of arts.

Richard Trappl, a professor of the University of Vienna, gave a thumbs- up sign, saying the concert was a worthwhile effort to help Europeans better understand Chinese history and culture.

Li Yugang, a famous Chinese artist, also gave a performance. His melodious tone, elegant appearance and graceful posture held his audience captive during the performance.

According to concert organizers, the art form of combining music with calligraphy was created by calligrapher Li with the aim to promote Chinese calligraphy.

Editor:Yang Jie |Source: Xinhua

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