On Tuesday, the German port city of Hamburg launched its 2014 CHINA TIME programme. The opening-ceremony was attended by Hamburg’s First Mayor,Olaf Scholz, and Chinese Consul-General, Yang Huiqun. Up until 23 November, the city is showcasing its strong ties with China. More than 200 events will convey a diverse picture of traditional and contemporary China, highlighting the close relationship between Hamburg and China.
CHINA TIME 2014 focuses on cultural diversity, the highlight being the “Secret-Signs” exhibition at the Falkenberg Collection from 08/11/2014 to 08/02/2015. The exhibition is dedicated to calligraphy, which also represents the core topic of this year’s programme. 38 renowned Chinese artists will display their works, depicting calligraphy as a cultural root and in juxtaposition to today’s globalised China. “Secret-Signs” is one of Europe’s largest exhibitions on contemporary Chinese art and is hosted in cooperation with the Sigg-Collection and M+, Hong Kong’s prestigious museum of visual culture. CHINA TIME 2014 also features numerous other events on art and culture, politics, law and business, education and health.
Hamburg’s First-Mayor Olaf Scholz states: “Hamburg has good, long-standing relations with China, and this is one of the reasons why the city is the ideal place for dialogue on the perspectives of Sino-European relations. For the fifth time now,CHINA TIME Hamburg provides insights into the China-related expertise our city has developed over the years. I am sure that the event will once again draw large numbers of visitors, thereby demonstrating the public’s interest in China. CHINA TIME provides an ideal platform for this.”
Hamburg is China’s gateway to Europe – also in economic terms. More than 50% of German foreign trade with the People’s-Republic of China is handled through the port of Hamburg, around 500 Chinese companies have offices in Hamburg, approx. 900 Hamburg businesses are engaged in trade with China, managing their China-related European imports and exports fromHamburg. Moreover, Hamburg and Shanghai have been twinned since 1986 and maintain close political, economic, cultural and social ties.