Mark your calendar art lovers!

Huifong’s Art Gallery is set to host the Brunei-China Art and Visual Culture Festival, treating the public to a celebration of art and cultural diversities, and the 30-year friendship between Brunei and China.

The event which will take place from 26 July until 9 August at Baiduri Bank’s head office consists of the curated medley of cultural performances such as Silat, Wushu and Taichi martial arts, Malay and Chinese traditional dances, and a fusion of poetry recital in Malay with calligraphy demonstration.

File photo of Huifong Ng with some of the artworks produced by various artists. Image: The Bruneian

The two-week festival will showcase a collection of photography by BPAFFC, Foreign Affairs Office of Nanjing Municipal People’s Government, Brunei Photographic Society and Brunei’s independent photographers at the bank’s atrium.

Not only that, but the public will also be able to attend an art dialogue between invited artists from both countries that will be held on 27 July 2021 at Baiduri Community Space.

According to the gallery founder, Huifong Ng, the festival gathers creatives and art enthusiasts to celebrate the beautiful cultures and talents from Brunei and China.

File photo of some artworks produced by various artists in a showcase previously hosted by Atelier Hui Fong. Image: The Bruneian

“The photography exhibition by Bruneian and Chinese photographers will showcase rarely seen photos to the public while the art dialogue bridges Bruneian artists with fellow Chinese artists in their respective professions in exploring new collaborative opportunities,” she added.

On supporting this event, Chinese Ambassador Yu Hong said that this year holds special meaning to China-Brunei relations as the countries celebrate the 30th anniversary of diplomatic ties.

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“The past 30 years have witnessed the continued expansion and deepening of bilateral cooperation in various areas and rapid development and inspiring fruits in bilateral cultural cooperation and people-to-people exchanges, which resulted in better mutual understanding and deeper friendship between the people,” she said.

On his part, President of Brunei-China Friendship Association Dr Muhammad Firdaus Abdul Rahman said: “As an NGO serving Brunei and China in promoting people-to-people relationships in cultural exchange as one of its main objectives, we feel glad to join efforts with all supporting partners, including Foreign Affairs Office of Nanjing Municipal People’s Government, in celebrating our strong friendship in this event through arts and visual culture.”

File photo of some Chinese Wushu performers in a previous festival. Image: The Bruneian

Chief Executive Officer of Baiduri Bank Ti Eng Hui said that Baiduri Bank has been a strong supporter of the local arts and culture scene as part of their corporate social responsibility framework.

“We believe in nurturing the development of arts and culture, as it is a catalyst for personal and community development. We are proud to support the festival given its significance to the Bruneian community. It is our honour to offer Baiduri Community Space as a platform for upcoming and established artists to showcase their work and engage in creative dialogue,” he said.

File photo of the Chinese Ambassador to Brunei Yu Hong. Image: Analisa Amu

The event is supported by Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports of Brunei Darussalam, Embassy of The People’s Republic of China, Beijing People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (BPAFFC), Foreign Affairs Office of Nanjing Municipal People’s Government, and Brunei-China Friendship Association (BCFA) and sponsored by Baiduri Bank.

For more information and updates follow their Instagram @huifongsartgallery and Facebook @Huifong’s Art Gallery.

Pre-registration to the art dialogue is at www.huifongng.com/hag. – Azrina Zin

THE BRUNEIAN | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

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