Chongqing - The 12th Chongqing International Cultural Industry Expo (CQCIE) and the Baiyu Cultural Heritage and Development Precious Products Exhibition opened on November 16 at the Chongqing International Convention and Exhibition Center (Nanping).
Various exhibitors, cultural enterprises, folk craftsmen, and inheritors of intangible cultural heritage were invited to showcase outstanding works, contributing to the high-quality development of Chongqing's cultural and creative industry.
Over 20 Chongqing intangible cultural heritage masters showcased their skills at this cultural event. These artisans, driven by a passion for preserving the authentic cultural essence of the mountainous city, shared their stories of self-learning, traditional inheritance, overcoming challenges, and preserving craftsmanship on the brink of extinction.
Liu Kongwen, cultural consultant for Chongqing Foreign Cultural Trade Base, expressed admiration for the dedication of these heritage bearers. He highlighted the significance of such events in providing a valuable platform for intangible cultural heritage practitioners.
Chen Li, an inheritor of Chongqing's intangible cultural heritage in wood carving, presented his masterpieces, specializing in techniques such as engraving and carving. He expressed eagerness to share his decades of carving skills with the audience, honed under the influence of Dazu Stone Carving art since childhood.
Huang Tao, the inheritor of Chongqing's intangible cultural heritage in Huang's paper cutting, revealed the sparks ignited when modernity meets traditional paper cutting. Having registered the first paper-cutting company in Chongqing, Huang Tao boldly incorporates traditional paper cutting into iconic elements of the mountain city, such as Raffles City Chongqing, Huangge Ancient Road, and Qiansimen Bridge.
The theme pavilion of "City Integration" featured several national-level arts and crafts masters. Renowned national artist and ceramics art master Shi Shusheng from Zibo in east China's Shandong Province showcased over 50 carefully prepared works.
Shi, a first-time participant in Chongqing's cultural event, expressed that his inspiration comes from life. His latest work, "Urban Women," reflects urban women's bold and independent personality, aligning with his perception of women in Chongqing.
Gu Zongwei is the original creator of artistic items such as peach wood axes, swords, and purses and a municipal-level inheritor of intangible cultural heritage from Feicheng, a county-level city in Tai'an, Shandong province.
Skilled in micro-carving, Gu hoped to connect with like-minded friends and explore business opportunities in Chongqing.
The expo aims to enhance cross-strait tea culture exchange and promote the tea industry's development. Elite representatives and outstanding enterprises from the tea industry in Chongqing and Taiwan gathered for discussions and friendship.
Taiwanese company Qiaobangshou Industrial Co., Ltd. brought exquisite porcelain to the "Tea Talk" session.
Liu Zhengyang, the company's representative, highlighted that the porcelain, blending Ming Dynasty gilding techniques, undergoes complex processes such as genuine brushwork, glazing, and firing. Each piece is unique in shape, making them a valuable addition to the event.
A notable feature of the "Tea Culture" theme pavilion was the "Baba Tea" relaxation area, custom-designed for the expo.
The space incorporated elements of old tea houses, featuring antique furnishings, wooden tables, and chairs, large palm fans, and lifelike green plants, creating a refreshing atmosphere for passersby.
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