aditional snacks, visitors can take in a parade involving 28 teams from Asian countries at the main venue, Xu said.
The parade, with singing and dancing, is held twice a day. Members of the public who want
to experience the food festival and parade at the main venue need to register online in advance at www.damai.cn.
During Asian Civilization Week, the public can attend several cu
ltural performances, films or exhibitions with Asian features at lower prices or free.
For example, an Asian arts exhibition will be held at the Beijing 798 Art Zone n
ext week, said Wang Xiuqin, an official from the China Arts and Entertainment Group.
“Our aim is to help more people understand Asian culture and attend related activities,” he said.
Wang Xudong, director of the Palace Museum, says it’s a duty for museums to provide a platfo
rm for scholars to exchange their academic findings, for artists from different cultural back
grounds to show their work and boost mutual respect, and for children to pass traditions into the future.
The latest figures from the National Cultural Heritage Administration show China had 5,354 mu
seums by the end of 2018, and museums across the country held some 26,000 exhibitions in 2018 and
received 1.126 billion people, an increase of 30 percent and 16 percent, respectively.
The International Council of Museums organized the annual Inte
rnational Museum Day in 1977 to address the changing roles of museums.
Museums across the world are reinventing their roles to become more interact
ive, audience focused and active in delivering creativity and knowledge to their communities.
hard environment in Chinese cities has improved, though space remains for the developm
ent of soft environments. These are key to a city’s business environment, the report said.
Decades ago, university graduates’ artwork was exhibited only for viewing by students and teachers. Today, these exhibi
tions have become a big celebration, not only for denizens of the university, but also the general public.
Tsinghua University’s arts and design academy is currently showing paintings, sculptures, mixed-m
edia works and designs created by postgraduates who will receive their master’s degree in June. The
y are displayed at the academy’s buildings and Tsinghua University Art Museum, through May 30.
The exhibition has not only drawn gallery owners, art dealers, representatives from cultural instit
utions and enterprises who scout for upcoming talent or new additions to their collections; but has allo
wed an audience of the general public to keep up with the evolution of art and broaden their artistic horizons.