The city of Changsha, once again embraced the world with a remarkable international event: Changsha Media Arts Festival & International Youth Forum on Creativity and Heritage along the Silk Road. The forum opened at the Mexi Lake Art Center on May 21st.
This forum is proudly hosted by the UNESCO, WFUNA, China National Commission for UNESCO and Changsha municipal government and it features in 9 major cultural events: Opening Ceremony, International Youth Forum, Media Arts Night-digital Firework Show, Joint Party for Chinese and Foreign Youth, Intangible Culture Heritage Exhibition and Media Arts image exhibition, Changsha impression site visit, Opening Ceremony of Tongguan Kiln Museum, Orange Isle Music Festival and Experience Changsha Media Arts and ICH Program.
At the opening ceremony, representatives from UNESCO, the Central publicity Department, the Ministry of Education, provincial and municipal leaders jointly announced the establishment of the China (Ma Lanshan) Media Arts Cluster. Four Media Arts Cities’ delegations from Enghien-les-Bains, Austin, York and Tel-Aviv, joined by 73 youth representatives from 51 countries along the Belt and Road participated at the opening ceremony in which water from 5 Mother Rivers of Media Arts Cities were mixed, marking the founding of World Media Arts Federation. The Tablet of Media Arts City presented by Mr. Lee Byonghyun, Chairperson, UNESCO Executive Board was given to Changsha.
Changsha was officially designated as a Media Arts City by UNESCO Creative Cities Network in Paris, November 11, 2017 and was the first Chinese city to gain such honor.