50th Anniversary of the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between China and Austria: Cultural exchanges are very important for both countries
In early 2021, the Vienna New Year's Concert was held for the first time without a live audience. Facing the empty golden hall, the musicians are still passionately and devotedly playing each piece. When the epidemic is raging, Austria uses its unique way to convey confidence, hope and good wishes to audiences around the world. 2021 is also the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Austria. As a friendly strategic partner of China and a member of the "Belt and Road" circle of friends, the "Interview with Diplomats" of Phoenix.com has an exclusive dialogue with Austrian Ambassador to China Mr. Shi Difu. The ambassador has placed great hopes on promoting cultural exchanges and mutual learning between China and Austria. expect.
The 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Austria, to strengthen cultural exchanges and dialogues between the two countries
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries, Austria originally planned to host the "China-Austria Cultural Year" this year. Although the new crown epidemic has not yet ended, Austria still hopes to host some cultural activities to promote cultural exchanges and mutual learning between the two countries. Highlights of the event include two large-scale exhibitions: the "Habsburg Treasures Exhibition" at the Palace Museum in Beijing in the fall of 2021 and the "Forbidden City Treasures-Ming Dynasty" at the Vienna Museum from October 21, 2021 to February 1, 2022. To the Qing Dynasty" exhibition. The Habsburg family is one of the most prominent and ruled royal families in European history. Its treasures reflect in a unique way the thousand-year history of the rise and fall of Europe, especially Austria. The exhibits not only display the power symbols of the Grand Duchy of Austria, the Austrian Empire, the Holy Roman Empire, and the Austro-Hungarian Empire, but also present the Burgundian and Bonapartist relics of France. Most of the treasures of the Forbidden City are made by the organization in charge of construction in the Forbidden City-the construction office is in charge. They use precious materials such as gold, silver, jade, emerald, pearls and various gems, and their craftsmanship represents the highest level of the time. . In application, it shows the supremacy and dignity of imperial power, as well as the grace and elegance of the royal family. The exhibition is beneficial to help the people of the two countries to improve their understanding of the modern history and traditional culture of each other's country, and to feel the national temperament and the times of the other country.
In addition, famous orchestras such as the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Vienna Symphony Orchestra and Vienna Chorus are also expected to perform in China this year. Ambassador Shi Difu expressed regret that the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra's visit to China failed to take place last year, and was optimistic about this year's performance plan.
Many artists and musicians were born in Vienna, and their music was soothing during the epidemic.
Austria has a profound historical and cultural heritage. The ambassador introduced that Austria was the center of the Habsburg dynasty until 1918. There were 94 million people living in it. Even though there are only 9 million people today, it’s the center of the Habsburg dynasty. Austria feels lucky and glorious to have many magnificent empire-era buildings. In the eyes of the Chinese, Austria is the "land of music", the ambassador recalled, "Whenever I take a taxi, the driver asks me which country I am from, and I say Austria, and he will do the violin." Austria conceived After Mozart, Johann Strauss, Schubert, Haydn and other world-renowned musicians, the ambassador ridiculed the statement that “one of Austria’s greatest historical achievements is the shaping of Beethoven into an Austrian”, explaining that Beethoven’s Born in Germany, but has lived in Austria for a long time. His main works such as "The Third "Hero" Symphony", "The Fifth "Fate" Symphony" and "The Sixth "Pastoral" Symphony" were all written in Austria.
In the 2021 New Year’s concert, classics such as "Sound of Spring", "Emperor's Waltz", "Passion Polka", "Blue Danube Waltz", "Radtzky March" and other classic songs resounded through the golden hall, transcending national boundaries, and reaching people through the screen. Heart. A golden song builds up the common memory of mankind. When its melody appears, it mobilizes everyone's sincere resonance and encourages everyone to regain their confidence in fighting the epidemic.
Also during the epidemic, musicians living in Vienna spontaneously agreed on social media to dedicate free concerts on the balcony to all people in isolation at home, to give spiritual support and comfort to this nationwide fight against the epidemic. For a time, beautiful music drifted through the streets and alleys of Vienna, and the concerts performed in the magnificent halls entered the ordinary alleys. In addition, musicians in Vienna are also calling for online concerts on social media, inviting all musicians in isolation at home to dedicate an artistic feast to fans in their rooms. Each musician plays himself through a computer screen. When all this is done at the same time, fans can enjoy top-level symphony concerts without leaving home. In addition, famous attractions such as the Austrian National Opera, Schönbrunn Palace, Belvedere Palace and a number of museums have also launched services such as online viewing, online tours, and free explanations, bringing a variety of cultural experiences to people who are isolated at home during the epidemic .
Even if there is no audience, we have to pass on peace and hope
Due to the impact of the new crown epidemic, the 2021 Vienna New Year's Concert originally planned to be held at the Golden Hall in Vienna has also become a closed-door performance without live audiences. Italian conductor Riccardo Muti stated that "even if there are no audiences in the hall, we must deliver the message of peace and hope to audiences all over the world." The Golden Hall is the fulcrum of Vienna's musical life and the venue for the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra all year round. The Vienna New Year's Concert will be held here in accordance with tradition. Every year, the hall’s magnificent decoration and unparalleled acoustics are shown to audiences all over the world as the New Year’s concert is broadcast on TV.
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