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Cultural Exchange

Immediately after the group’s establishment, Zuni represented Hong Kong by appearing in the 1st Asian Theatre Festival and Conference held in Taipei. Zuni has become the primary force to advocate and develop Hong Kong’s international cultural exchange strategy and cross-regional network since then. It has also led to the cultural exchange strategy using “city” as a unit, triggering a tri-cross platform of cross-city, cross-fields and cross-cultures. Over the last 30 years, Zuni has been visited to more than 80 cities in Europe, Asia, and America for cultural exchange and performances. In 1997, Zuni initiated the Hong Kong-Taipei-Shanghai-Shenzhen City-to-City Cultural Exchange Conference, with its aim was to focus on cultural issues commonly faced by the four cities . Since then, Zuni has embarked on a journey of forum organizing with the Munich-Hong Kong Joint Cultural Conference, and then playing a key role in building Arts Network Asia, and later organizing World Culture Forum, as w ell as being a forum partner of The Asia Foundation. The experience accumulated by Zuni in “organising” is very unique. Each of these forums is experimental in terms of form. Their common goal is to explore and search for effective cultural exchange mode and mechanism .

The cultural exchange strategy using “city” as a unit, now having survived three decades of challenges, has launched the Hong Kong Belt Road City-to-City Cultural Exchange Conference in a lateral way, a continuation from the concept of World Culture Forum. The next step, in a vertical dimension, is to figure out the way to build a non-governmental think tank network that is organic and far-reaching.

  • Hong Kong Belt Road City to City Cultural Exchange Conference 2018: Asian Strategy

    Hong Kong Belt Road City-to-City Cultural Exchange Conference

    Initiated in 2017, the Conference is a network conference focusing on the Belt and Road cities. Its aim is to promote arts and cultural exchanges and collaborations among the respective cities, and to provide and impetus to the new paradigm of multicultural interactions between the East and the West. More than 5,000 artists and public from Hong Kong and 39 different Belt and Road cities participated in the Conference since 2017.

    With the theme of "Cultural development and Cultural space", discussing cultural polices of Hong Kong, Taipei, Shanghai and Shenzhen in 2009".

    City-to-City Cultural Exchange Conference

    Established in 1997, it is one of the first exchange projects for Chinese which is city-based, well-designed and continuous. Its exchange goes beyond governments, cooperates, educational institutions and other sectors. The reports issued every year will analyse the data, policies and budgets of cultural exchange among Hong Kong and other cities participated.

    Asia Arts Net 2000 Conference

    Asia Arts Net

    Formed in 1997 in Hong Kong and Zuni is one of its founding members. Artistic directors of arts organisations from more than 10 Asian cities joint discussion on how arts policy impacts on Asia arts development and in relation with the operation of arts organisations. Participating cities included Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Beijing, Taipei, Tokyo, Fukuoka, Okinawa, Seoul, Bangkok, New Delhi, Macau, Manila and Jakarta.

    World Cultural Forum (WCF)

    Initiated and sponsored by the Ford Foundation and was established in New York in 2001. WCF emphasises civil societies’ economic and cultural development.

    Festival of Vision Berlin/ Hong Kong (2000)

    Festival of Vision – Berlin / Hong Kong

    In the year 2000, Zuni co-presented the Festival of Vision, the first ever large-scale cultural exchange between Asia and Europe. More than 1,000 artists from 35 different cities in Asia and Europe participated in that monumental event of diverse content, crossing disciplines and regions. Economic, political and education aspects are being examined and explored through the perspective of culture and creative works. The Festival demonstrates the experiment of pioneering contemporary culture.

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