On December 3, the opening ceremony of “Liaoning Province Intangible Cultural Heritage Workshop", jointly organised by the China Cultural Centre in New Zealand and the Department of Culture in Liaoning Province, was held in National Museum of Te Papa, Wellington. The Chargé d'affaires of the Chinese Embassy to New Zealand, Qu Guangzhou; the Director of the China Cultural Center in New Zealand, Guo Zongguang; the Deputy Director General of Liaoning Province Department of Culture, Xu Hongying; Wellington Eastern Ward Councillor, Sarah Free, and nearly 200 guests from the wider community of Wellington attended the opening ceremony.
In his speech, Chargé d'affaires Qu Guangzhou noted that with the advance of China – New Zealand relations, cultural exchanges，being one of the main pillars, have played an important role in the promotion of bilateral cooperation. The Liaoning Province Intangible Cultural Heritage Workshop provided an opportunity for local New Zealanders to learn about China's splendid culture and rich folk arts.
Councillor Sarah Free noted that New Zealand is a multi-cultural society, and Wellington, as the capital city of New Zealand, respects cultural diversity. The arrival of the artists of Liaoning’s intangible cultural heritage provided an opportunity for Wellington people to experience China’s folk customs and culture. Deputy Director General Xu Hongying and Director Guo Zongguang delivered speeches on behalf of the sponsors; briefing the audience of the activity.
The masters of Liaoning’s intangible cultural heritage provided New Zealanders an opportunity to closely experience Chinese traditional culture through the live demonstration of representative intangible cultural heritage items, including Yiwulushan Manchu Paper-cutting, Manchu Knots of Western Liaoning, Jinzhou Dough Modeling, Amber Carving and Sugar Art. The artists also invited the audience to experience Sugar Art and Paper-cutting to increase interaction, which attracted a large audience.