“The Chinese dream not only represents the Chinese people's pursuit of happiness, but also echoes the aspirations of the people all over the world. In pursuing the Chinese dream, China will go hand in hand with all other countries to help them realize their dreams.”
2020 is the target year for China to complete the building of a moderately prosperous society in all respects and realize its first centenary goal. It is also the final year to eradicate absolute poverty. China will meet the poverty reduction targets set by the UN plan Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development 10 years ahead of schedule. On the 75th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations, the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC) holds the exhibition Building Dreams with Ingenuity: Folk Art Tells China's Poverty Alleviation Stories. Through folk arts of intangible cultural heritage, the exhibition showcases Chinese people's vivid practice of exploration for poverty reduction and shares China's successful experience in this respect, contributing Chinese wisdom and solution to sustainable development of mankind.
Chinese folk art inherits the artistic characteristics and cultural identity of the Chinese nation, and contains the values, wisdom and practical experiences of the nation. It is not only invaluable spiritual wealth of the Chinese nation, but also an important resource as intangible cultural heritage of the world. Created by the working people, folk art meets their demands of life and aesthetics. In a down-to-earth manner, the topics and contents reflect the everyday life, simple emotions and aesthetic pursuit of ordinary people.
The exhibition has four units, namely “Cutting Paper with Ingenuity”, “Painting with Ingenuity”, “Carving with Ingenuity” and “Creating with Ingenuity”. It features over 260 pieces of folk handicrafts of intangible cultural heritage from 24 provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities in China. In vivid shapes, rich colors, and interesting and unique styles, the crafts epitomize the beauty of nature, life, culture and prosperity of the Chinese people, and express their pride and happiness in creating a better life and their values of pursuing virtue and progress. These works also convey Chinese people's aspiration for peace and prosperity and their pursuit of dreams.
Ingenuity builds dreams; grand beauty touches hearts. Let us appreciate the infinite charm of the Chinese traditional culture and build a magnificent dream of peace and common development for humanity.
Amb. Lin Songtian
President of the CPAFFC