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Contemporary poetry recital held at Chinese culture center in Paris
Published: Jul 03, 2022 07:47 PM
On Thursday evening, the Chinese culture center in Paris  held a Chinese contemporary poetry recital for some 200 Chinese culture lovers.

"China and France are two countries with an ancient poetic culture and a strong poetic atmosphere. Literary exchanges between the two countries are frequent, constant mutual influences," She Mingyuan, director of the Chinese culture center in Paris, said in his opening speech.

For him, the recital aims to strengthen friendship between China and France "through poetry," and to bring in a new momentum into the communication between the two peoples.

For her part, Zhang Ruling, organizer and Chinese poet living in France, said that poetry can express all human feelings, such as love, friendship, and nostalgia for past times and lost loved ones.

"Poetry creates a natural link between cultures, between peoples, between human souls. In the complexity of today's world, more than ever, we aspire to understanding between peoples, to dialogue between hearts," she stressed.

Speaking at the event, Rene de Laportaliere, first censor of the Academy of Floral Games of Toulouse, said the academy will open its competitions to French-speaking poets from all over the world on the occasion of its seventh centenary in 2024 and that it looks forwrad to the continued development of Sino-French poetic exchanges.