Writing in spring

2021 Chinese New Year Message by the China Cultural Center in Brussels

2020 is undoubtedly a memorable year. It has not been easy, but we will overcome these difficulties together.

Along with the concept of “style, refinement, integration and sharing”, the China Cultural Center in Brussels adheres by the tenet of “quality, popularity, friendship and cooperation”. We present Chinese culture in its different facets through art, folk culture and tourism.

Last year, we increased our online activity instead of organizing in-person events. Virtual travel became an important substitute for cultural tourism. We launched exhibitions, artistic performances and holiday celebrations, and moved to an online classroom.

In the new year, we are ready to look ahead and further stimulate cultural exchange. We will keep sharing Chinese culture to deepen our understanding of China together.

As a new year begins, everything looks new and fresh. Today is the first day of the Year of the Ox in the Chinese lunar calendar. Spring is arriving and hope is imminent. We wish for the safety of the world and hope you will have an auspicious 2021!

GE Yiyou, Director of the China Cultural Center in Brussels

The China Cultural Center in Brussels is an official cultural institution set up by the Chinese government. It is a joint project operated by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism and the Municipality of Shanghai. On September 16th 2015, Chinese Vice-Premier LIU Yandong and Belgian Deputy Prime Minister Didier REYNDERS jointly inaugurated the Center. The center is since then open to the public.

The Center is located in the “heart of Europe” – the very center of the Belgian capital city of Brussels. It enjoys a full exposure to local pedestrians, and is close to important institutions such as the headquarter of the European Commission, the European Parliament, diplomatic corps and other media representations. It occupies a prestigious building dating back to 1861 that was otherwise the Training Centre of Dexia Bank, counting no less than 2 500 m² with 4 floors above ground and 3 undergrounds.

The Center focuses on the promotion of Chinese culture in the spirit of “Quality, Popularity, Friendship and Cooperation”. It creates international opportunities to bring people together and to encourage exchanges in terms of politics, economy, society and ideas. The Center will host a regular program offering to visitors from all walks of life a variety of activities, including performances, art exhibition, seminars, cultural workshops, film screenings, master classes, Chinese language training courses and many other services.

We are looking forward to welcoming friends and guests from all across Europe to experience extensive and profound Chinese traditional culture at the China Cultural Center in Brussels and we vigorously wish you nice discoveries on contemporary China in the Center!