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Political Counsellor Qu Guangzhou attends the 'A Moment We Share' Mid-Autumn Festival Gala
2017/09/26

    On the evening of September 24th, the 'A Moment We Share' Mid-Autumn Festival Gala was held by the China Cultural Centre in New Zealand at Te Papa National Museum in Wellington. Over 300 people attended the event to celebrate the traditional Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival, including Political Counsellor Qu Guangzhou; the Lower Hutt Mayor, Ray Wallace; the Director of the China Cultural Centre in New Zealand, Guo Zongguang; overseas Chinese and representatives from the wider community in Wellington.

    In his speech, Counsellor Qu Guangzhou, on behalf of the Chinese Embassy in New Zealand and Ambassador Wang Lutong, extended his greetings to the audience and expressed his gratitude to the China Cultural Centre in New Zealand for setting up an art platform to satisfy the nostalgia of the overseas Chinese through enjoying wonderful Chinese art performances on the occasion of the Mid-Autumn Festival. Counsellor Qu noted that bilateral relations between China and New Zealand have been progressing smoothly in the past 45 years since the establishment of diplomatic ties. Political mutual trust, economic and trade cooperation, and cultural exchanges between the two countries have scaled new heights. Counsellor Qu believes that the 'A Moment We Share' Mid-Autumn Festival celebration activity will further enhance mutual understanding and friendship between the two peoples.

    The Director of the China Cultural Centre in New Zealand, Guo Zongguang, and the Lower Hutt Mayor, Ray Wallace, also expressed their festival greetings to the audience. Director Guo noted that the 'A Moment We Share' is a branded large cultural event initiated by China's Ministry of Culture to commemorate the traditional Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival worldwide. The Gala has received strong support from the local overseas Chinese community. Director Guo wished the Gala a complete success, hoping it would inject new vitality to enrich the multi-culturalism of New Zealand society.

    The entire gala show was a wonderful combination of Chinese and Western performances staged by the Wellington overseas Chinese community and local ethnic actors. A highly-varied and excellent program, including Chinese folk dances, ensembles of traditional and Western instruments, Chinese and Western songs, flute solos and traditional Allegros, provided the audience with an unforgettable cultural experience. The atmosphere was warm, with bursts of applause.

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