Festival of Contemporary Art Danube Dialogues presented at the 2nd China – CEEC (Central and Eastern Europe) Arts Cooperation Forum
Vesna Latinovic, founder and director of the festival, presented the Danube Dialogues Contemporary Art Festival as a possible model of multilateral international cooperation in the city of Chengdu in the Chinese province of Sichuan. The Second Arts Cooperation Forum between China and the countries of Central and Eastern Europe (16+1) under the the topic “Contemporary art and its relations with tradition: challenges and solutions “was organized by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the People’s Republic of China from 11th to 16th June 2018. The forum was attended by over 300 experts, directors of cultural institutions and decision makers from China, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Estonia, Hungary, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Albania.
The presentation “Festival of Contemporary Art Danube Dialogues and Tradition of Modernism” attracted the attention of colleagues from the region, especially Chinese participants who are very interested in cooperation. In addition to the separate sessions in the area of fine arts, theater, children’s theater, dance and music, two fairs were held, where Chinese representatives and participants from Europe met and talked about networking and launching joint projects and cooperation. The final result is the signing of the Chengdu Declaration on Cultural Cooperation between China and CEEC countries.
“The forum provided a rich exchange of views and ideas with colleagues from the region and China, we have encountered local art scene, visited museums and galleries that can be potential partners and places of future cultural exchange. The outstanding interest of Chinese cultural operators and representatives of Chinese institutions is an opportunity for cooperation which should not be neglected.” (Vesna Latinović)