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Ancient Chinese village hosts int'l art festival

The Second Heshun Village International Art Festival kicks off on July 20 in Xucun Village in northern China’s Shanxi Province. Photo: Ding Yi/

The Second Heshun Village International Art Festival kicked off on July 20 in a remote and ancient village in northern China, attracting 21 eminent Chinese and foreign artists.

During the two-week art festival held in Xucun Village in North China’s Shanxi Province, artists from 11 countries and regions including China, the US, the UK, Australia and Hong Kong will engage in the creation of art work.

Two art studios have been established by the Australia China Art Foundation and the Military Museum of the Chinese People’s Revolution, respectively.

“I am grateful to Xucun’s inclusiveness so that we can find a pure land for global artists. After years of efforts, Xucun has been highly recognized as an art base by the world. The village also plays an important role in protecting China’s ancient villages and promoting the construction of new type of villages,” Qu Yan, the initiator of the art festival, said at the opening ceremony.

Foreign artists place high value on the art festival. “I think the festival is great. The landscape is amazing, the village is beautiful and the people are very friendly. It’s fantastic,” said Australian photographer Josh Robenstone, adding that he will take photos of the area and the people during the art festival.

Artists who take part in the Second Heshun Village International Art Festival Photo: Ding Yi/

Robenstone also said that the old, isolated and traditional village that is very different from Beijing will give him a great opportunity to create art work.

“There are too many things that lure me to here. I cannot stop looking at the mountain. I’d love to come again and I do not want to leave,” Robenstone added.

Apart from artistic activities, the organizers of the art festival will also invite village construction experts and cultural protection specialists to the event as part of efforts to promote the cultural construction and sustainable development of the village.

“What we want to do is to help Xucun develop its own ‘software facilities’, such as job opportunities and people’s awareness, in a bid to avert exodus of young people who swarm into urban areas for a better life,” said Chang Shenglin, associate professor at National Taiwan University and director of New Ruralism R&D Center.

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