Festival 2005 a Great Success, Festival 2006 is scheduled for September 28-October 1 in Richmond, Virginia
The inaugural China-America Festival of Film and Culture held in Richmond, Virginia on October 5-9, 2005 was a huge success: over the five-day Festival and the extended exhibitions, we drew over 5000 audiences and participants.
Please click HERE to see the Program Schedule.
We have formed alliances with 23 cultural, educational, civic and governmental entities across the Central Virginia region and beyond, and provided unique programming in arts, lectures, calligraphy, language and food. Our Mandarin oratory contest, travel photo contest “Beyond the Great Wall: Snapshots from China” were well received, as was “A Taste of China in the Old Dominion” with chefs using Virginia products to prepare dishes inspired by Chinese cooking. The Greater Richmond Children’s Choir’s rendition of two classic Chinese folk songs touched a universal chord in many hearts. The screenings of our feature films as well as documentaries generated much interest and discussion.
With overwhelmingly positive responses to our endeavor, preparation is already under way for the second annual Festival on September 28-October 1, 2006. We will build on the foundations of the existing programs and add literature ( Nobel Prize Winner Pearl Buck and her book about China “The Good Earth”), concert and an educational publication.
A separate proposal to use our Festival as a platform to introduce Chinese culture into the classrooms across the Commonwealth of Virginia is under consideration. Possible partners are Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the School of Education at Virginia Commonwealth University and others.