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Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark visits China

Crown Prince of Denmark has been in China to inaugurate and create awareness about the City of Copenhagen’s Exhibition during Beijing Design Week 2018, where Copenhagen is the official guest city. Minister of Culture Mette Bock accompanied the Crown Prince on the trip.

It was a happy Crown Prince who started out his visit to Beijing by cutting the ribbon for the exhibition ‘Living is Giving’ – an exhibition which were to show Chinese and international audiences how sustainability and quality of life work in Denmark.

 

The Crown Prince inaugurated the exhibition together with the Lord Mayor of Copenhagen, Frank Jensen, and Minister of Culture, Mette Bock, in the famous 798 Art District of Beijing.

Copenhagen Guest City Exhibition

Copenhagen has won the honor of being the guest city for Beijing Design Week in front of cities like New York, and has spent a year preparing for the big show. Up to five million people are estimated to flow through the two art districts 798 and 751, where this Asia's largest design event takes place and where the Danish exhibition is held.

21 Danish companies took this opportunity, alongside with the city of Copenhagen, to show to the Chinese audience what Denmark has to offer in terms of green and sustainable development, health, life style and high-quality food, ideas about how to create more movement in public space, recycling and circular economy.

 

The Crown Prince meets representatives from participating companies.

Alongside the exhibition, conferences, talks, debates and workshops also took place in the fields of sustainable urban development, urban health and high-quality food.

The opening also featured musical elements. The Danish musical duo Den Sorte Skole provided a grand light and stage show against the backdrop of an old factory building. Den Sorte Skole received the Crown Prince couple's Cultural Prize in 2017.

A courtesy meeting with the Chinese Vice President

The second day of the Crown Prince's visit began with a courtesy meeting between the Crown Prince and China's powerful Vice President, Wang Qishan. Minister of Culture, Mette Bock, also attended the courtesy visit.

The meeting between Vice President Wang Qishan and the Crown Prince took place in an very friendly and welcoming atmosphere.

The day also included the celebration of the 10th anniversary of Danish Language teaching at Beijing Foreign Studies University, where Culture Minister Mette Bock initiated a new Center for Danish Studies in the presence of the Crown Prince, who also had the opportunity to test the Danish knowledge of the Chinese students. The establishment of the center will admit more Chinese students who are interested in Danish.

 
The Crown Prince greets Chinese majored in Danish studies. 

Back in 798 Art District, the Crown Prince drew attention to both Danish gastronomy and the green conference trail that focused on Danish experiences in sustainable urban development.

The Crown Prince tasted biscuits, hot dogs and Danish cheeses.

At the food event titled "A Bite of Denmark, "the famous Danish herb collector Thomas Laursen presented Lunch: Danish-Chinese fusion open sandwich. The lunch was prepared by Laursen himself in cooperation with a Chinese star chef, using mostly Chinese ingredients.

Meeting with leading artists

However, the visit to Beijing was not only about Denmark. The Crown Prince also gained insight of the Chinese art scene through visits to the Danish gallery Faurschou Foundation and Ullen Center of Contemporary Art. The Crown Prince and the Minister of Culture also met with Chinese artist Huang Rui, who has been instrumental in promoting Chinese avant-garde art whereas serving as one of the founding fathers of China’s modern art center, the 798 art district.

The Crown Prince visited the Danish-owned gallery Faurschou, which exhibits works of seven young Chinese artists. Here is an art piece by the artist Zhao Zhao.

The Crown Prince contributed to the creation of the art installation Collective Strings.

The two Danish artists Karoline H. Larsen and Thomas Dambo, who created the art installations Collective Strings and Happy Wall in connection with the Copenhagen Guest City exhibition, also presented their art works for the Crown Prince before he attended a dinner hosted by the City of Copenhagen and Wonderful Copenhagen. The dinner presented new Nordic gastronomy to Danish and Chinese guests and business partners.

Health in urban environments

The third and last day of the trip was about health, which gave the Crown Prince insight into a number of Danish projects that helps children and adults, regardless of age or physics, to stay healthy and active in urban environments. The program included football games organized by Danish Football Association (DBU) and University of Southern Denmark (SDU), wheelchair basketball game with players from the Chinese wheelchair basketball team, a run arranged by Danish Company Novo and Changing Diabetes Fund.

The Crown Prince's visit ended with a lunch reception at the Royal Danish Embassy to China, where some 150 Danish and Chinese representatives of governmental authorities, business, cultural industry and other partners participated.

The Crown Prince and the Ambassador are in conversation with the former TV host, author and blogger Hong Huang on September 28, 2018.



09.10.2018  06:21