Launch of 2012 EU-China Year of Intercultural Dialogue

The 2012 EU-China Year of Intercultural Dialogue will be officially launched today by Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, and Cai Wu, Minister of Culture of the People’s Republic of China.
The Year will see a large number of events and projects hosted by EU Member States and China, with the aim of strengthening intercultural dialogue and mutual understanding through cultural exchanges and people-to-people contacts.
The EU-China Year of Intercultural Dialogue will also be an opportunity for Chinese and EU cultural institutions, organisations and other stakeholders to establish and develop structured and sustainable cooperation during 2012 and beyond.

The official opening ceremony will take place this evening in Brussels. Commissioner Vassiliou and Minister Cai Wu will deliver the opening speeches, together with Uffe Elbæk, the Danish Minister of Culture, representing the EU Presidency, and Crescenzio Rivellini, President of the European Parliament’s delegation for relations with China.

A conference launching the Year will take place tomorrow focusing on prospects for strengthening EU-China cooperation.
European and Chinese speakers will highlight a variety of projects supported by the European Commission to promote mutual understanding between the EU and China. The conference will gather policymakers, artists, intellectuals and representatives of cultural institutions from EU Member States and China.

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