Lankan and Chinese youth paint their conceptions of the “Belt and Road Initiative” in Colombo

Lankan and Chinese youth paint their conceptions of the “Belt and Road Initiative” in Colombo

Colombo, July 23 (newsin.asia): A three day ‘Belt and Road’ painting exhibition  featuring works by Sri Lankan and Chinese youth got underway in the capital of Colombo on Monday, strengthening friendship between the youth of the two countries.

The exhibition has on display over 100 paintings, featuring the children’s understandings on China’s Belt and Road initiative and the cultural and friendship bond shared between Sri Lanka and China, Xinhua reports.

The exhibition is organised by the Beijing People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, Association for Sri Lanka-China Social and Cultural Cooperation, Hebei People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries and Tianjin People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries.

President of Association for Sri Lanka-China Social and Cultural Cooperation, Indrananda Abeysekera said that this exhibition was the fourth to be held as the first was held in Beijing in May, the second held in Tianjin and the third held in Hebei.

“From Colombo we plan to take this exhibition to Kandy, Galle and Kurunegala,” Abeysekera said.

“The main aim of this exhibition is to encourage the youth group to continue the traditional friendship between China and Sri Lanka in the modern era,” he added.
The Vice Chancellor of the University of Visual and Performing Arts, Professor Sarath Chandrajeewa explained that while art was a universal language, such exhibitions encouraged the youth of both countries to pursue their dreams.
Head of the Beijing People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, Xujin Xiu said that the 102 paintings displayed in the exhibition are specially selected from 750 award winning works of teenagers from Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei and Sri Lanka.
“From the view of teenagers of both countries, these works expressed their unique understanding for the Belt and Road initiative and their good longings for the friendship between China and Sri Lanka,” she said.
Organizers said out of the 102 paintings, 20 were selected from Beijing, 20 from Tianjin and 20 from Hebei and 42 from Sri Lanka.
The exhibition will conclude in Colombo on July 25.