Minister Joly Co-Chairs the First Meeting of the Canada-China Joint Committee on Culture

Minister Joly Co-Chairs the First Meeting of the Canada-China Joint Committee on Culture

To strengthen the cultural and economic relationship between Canada and China, the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, and His Excellency Luo Shugang, Minister of Culture of the People’s Republic of China, co-chaired the inaugural meeting of the Canada-China Joint Committee on Culture in Ottawa.

China is an important market for creative Canadian products and services, and that is why the Government of Canada is looking to further develop its presence. Opening new markets for creators and creative entrepreneurs will contribute to growth that works for everyone, create jobs, and strengthen the middle class and those working hard to join it.

In this context, on February 1 and 2, the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, hosted His Excellency Luo Shugang, Minister of Culture of the People’s Republic of China, in Ottawa, where they co-chaired the inaugural meeting of the Canada-China Joint Committee on Culture.

The committee aims to strengthen cooperation between our two countries in the areas of culture, creative industries, heritage and the arts. Last July, both countries signed an agreement to formally establish the Committee. During the two-day event, each minister led a delegation of senior officials from major cultural institutions and representatives of various creative industries. The delegates expanded relations and dialogue between the Joint Committee as a forum for expanding relations and dialogue between the ministries of culture and the cultural institutions of the two countries.

The program was built to encourage cooperation, exchanges, high-level dialogue and sharing of expertise in a broad range of cultural areas. The joint meeting also served as a platform for organizations to advance specific projects and confirm collaboration between cultural institutions, artists and people. Minister Joly and Minister Luo took part in a signing ceremony for the following agreements:

  • A letter of intent between China Arts and Entertainment Group (CAEG) and Cirque du Soleil, Inc;
  • A Cooperation Framework Agreement between the Organizing Committee of China International Chorus Festival and the Organizing Committee of Canada Ottawa International Choral Festival;
  • A Memorandum of Understanding of Cooperation between Shanghai Ballet and Les Grands Ballets Canadiens;
  • A Memorandum of Understanding between Groupe Samajam Inc. and Zhejiang Grand Boat Culture Development Co. Ltd.
  • A Memorandum of Understanding between Toon Boom Animation Inc. and WeKids Time Culture (Shenzhen) Ltd.; and
  • A Memorandum of Understanding between Nelvana Limited, WeKids Time Culture (Shenzhen) Ltd. and Toon Boom Animation Inc.

Cultural exchange has always been an important aspect of diplomacy, deepening mutual understanding and facilitating collaboration. These collaboration efforts will continue through Canada’s first creative industries trade mission to China, which will be led by Minister Joly from April 9 to 13, 2018.

The Minister of Culture of the People’s Republic of China will host the next meeting of the Joint Committee in 2020.

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