Ambassador Zhang Yesui attends the 2nd Annual Chinese Lunar New Year Celebration at Meridian International Center

On January 19, the Chinese Embassy, in collaboration with the Meridian International Center, held the 2nd "Happy Chinese New Year" event in the historic Meridian House, celebrating the beginning of the Year of Dragon. Chinese Ambassador Zhang Yesui, Ambassador Stuart Holliday, President and CEO of Meridian, Governor James Blanchard, Chairman of Board, and Dr. Curtis Sandberg, Senior Vice President for the Arts, delivered remarks during the reception. Mr. Yang Zigang, Minister of the Chinese Embassy attended the event along with over 400 guests.

Decorated with Chinese Red Lanterns and Chinese Knots, the Meridian House, an 18th century French style building, was transformed into a typical setting of Chinese Lunar New Year celebration. The Chinese Embassy chefs offered guests a savor of authentic cuisine from five major regions in China. The 6ixwire Project, a duo who play the western four-string violin and the two-string Chinese violin (erhu), performed classic pieces from the East and West.

As a variation to last year, the Chinese Embassy and Meridian co-organized a special art exhibition: A Zhuxianzhen Tradition, New Year Woodblock Prints from Kaifeng. With the support from the Foreign Affairs Office of the Municipal People's Government of Kaifeng, the exhibit included 20 traditional woodblock prints from Henan Province, illustrating auspicious symbols in Chinese folklore and bringing a genuine new year atmosphere to the Meridian House.

Among the guests were officials from the U.S. Department of State, D.C. cultural leaders, local and international media, scholars, and corporate representatives.

Meridian is a well know non-partisan, non-profit institution that works closely with the U.S. Department of State. It has, under its Art for Cultural Diplomacy program, co-organized six art exhibitions with Chinese cultural organizations in the past decade. The current exhibition, CHINA Town: Contemporary Ceramic Painting from Jingdezhen, is displayed in the White Meyer House. The exhibit will be on view through January 29th before the works return to China.


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