President Marino make comments of today's event. Guests at Hubei Venue sit by the long table for the banquet, and celebrate the selection of Lianghekou Village as the parallel exhibition of 17th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia.
We wish "Lianghekou: A Tujia Village of Re-Living-Together--Parallel Exhibition of the 17th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia" a complete success. We wish China Tujian Pan-Museum in Lianghekou and Pengjiazhai a better future!
This is the end of today's activity. Thanks for all the guests and officials for your presence, thank you for watching, goodbye.
Long-table banquet is the top grand ceremony and etiquette of the minorities in Mount Wuling, which has a history of thousands of years. Villagers like to get together eating and drinking just as a big family to celebrate all festivals. The left is the seat of the host and the right is for the guests. They face each other and propose a toast by singing. When a family has a wedding or a baby, relatives and friends will spontaneously take out their own tables and benches to celebrate through a 100-meter long banquet. The bowls will be broken after drinking which is the traditional uninhibited custom of the minority groups in Mount Wuling, also taking the meaning of "peace all year round".
Tonight on the old street of Lianghekou village, we arranged a long-table banquet according to the traditional custom.
From today to November 21, the exhibition–"Lianghekou: A Tujia Village of Re-Living-Together" will be held for half a year at Palazzo Zen in Venice, to show and promote the architecture and folk culture of Tujia villages to the international community, and comprehensively develop and revitalize the vigor of traditional Tujia villages. Now let's enjoy a short video about the arrangement of the exhibition.
A traditional Tujia folk dance called "Eight Bronze Bell Dance" is popular in Enshi. This dance is performed by the Tujia people when they offer sacrifices to their ancestors and pray for good harvests and prosperity of people and animals. Next, please enjoy the Eight Bronze Bell Dance by
Xuanen Intangible Cultural Heritage Center.
Villager Liu was also invited to the scene. She tells the story of Pengjiazhai with a folk song.
There is another kind of performance in Xuan'en County, which is a provincial intangible cultural heritage with the name of "Flow-Dragon-Like Bamboo Pole Striking". Famous for its "flow", the dance is unique in Xuan'en County with the solid foundation of the mass. Please enjoy the performance from Xuanen Intangible Cultural Heritage Center.
In recent years, the old street of Lianghekou had a chance to develop rural tourism economy and draw local people come back to village and put the economy back on its feet by starting business. The villager representative Liu Liewu tells stories of the old street of Lianghekou in their hearts.
Address by Xi Qin, County Mayor of the People's Government of Xuan'en County says this exhibition is not only an exchange of architectural culture but also a practice of people-centered philosophy. It is significant for our goals to meet locals’needs for a better life, to promote the integration of culture,tourism,education and research,and to facilitate high-quality development at county and rural levels.
Chu Dongzhu, Deputy Dean of the School of Architecture and Urban Planning, Chongqing University says: "Today is a very special day. It marks the start of the presentation of Lianghekou village in Xuan'en County in 2021 Venice Biennale. In Chinese, Lianghekou literally means the place where two rivers conjoin. Not only does this place name help us gain a better understanding of the countryside and the vernacular，it also closely connects the dwelling with the natural and geographic characteristics.”
As early as La Biennale di Venezia 2018, Palazzo Zen in Venice presented the project "Regeneration – A Case Study of China Tujia Pan-Museum". Four universities - IUAV University of Venice, Southeast University, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, and Chongqing University - jointly conducted a series of studies and plans for the regeneration of Lianghekou. It took more than two years of hard work to produce today's results.
In recent years, China carried out a number of rural revitalization projects designed to support the economic and social development of remote villages and towns and improve the local's living conditions. Among those projects, the most high-profile one was Pengjiazhai along the ridges of Mount Wuling and on the west bank of Longtan River in Xuan'en County, Hubei. To revitalize Pengjiazhai, the People's Government of Xuan'en County commissioned Professor Li Baofeng at the School of Architecture and Urban Planning, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, for the planning and architectural design of a pan-museum in Pengjiazhai. The project and relevant activities could not be done without the support from the school and the engagement of its teachers and students. Professor Li recorded a VCR for us. Here is his message.
"Our school is in Wuhan. I have been to Europe for more than 30 times in the past 30 years, but every time when I met new friends, I was always asked: Where is Wuhan. Now the whole world knows Wuhan. We are the city that successfully resisted COVID19. Last year, we experienced over two months of staying at home individually, and now we can live together with each other. It also echoes the theme of the 17th International Architectural Exhibition of the Venice Biennale," says Professor Li.
Aldo Aymonino, Professor and Head of Department of Architecture and Arts at the Università IUAV di Venezia and the curator of the Italian side, makes address.
Professor Zhang Tong, curator of the exhibition, delivers a speech and says that the recent development of rural tourism provides the chance of rural revitalization. Then the question comes, how to avoid superficial consumption and conserve the authentic values and identities of the local legacies in the predictable mass boom of tourism, so as to regenerate the declined ancient village? That is not only a question here at Lainghekou, but also the challenge faced by all cultural heritages including Lainghekou Village and Venice.
威尼斯会场，威尼斯市政府第九届委员会主席西尔维亚·佩鲁佐（Silvia Peruzzo Meggetto），威尼斯市前副市长、中国合作关系负责人劳拉·芬卡托（Laura Fincato），前联合国教科文组织文化助理总干事弗朗切斯科·班达林（Francesco Bandarin），意大利文化部国际办公室主任罗萨纳·比纳奇（Rosanna Binacchi）相继致辞。
Continue on the Venice venue, Silvia Peruzzo Meggetto, Chairman of the IX Council Commission of the Government of the Municipality of Venice, Laura Fincato, former deputy mayor of the Municipality of Venice, person-in-charge for relations with China on behalf of the Municipality of Venice, Francesco Bandarin, former UNESCO ADG Culture, Rosanna Binacchi, Head of the International Relations Unit, Ministry of Culture, Italy make their addresses in order.
Marino Folin states that the projects of revitalization of Lianghekou are part of a more general Territorial Plan, drawn up by prof. Li Baofeng, for the preservation, regeneration and development of the valley where Lianghekou is located. Main goals of the Territorial Plan are: the protection of cultural, architectural and landscape heritage, the enhancement of traditional agricultural and craft activities, the promotion of a sustainable and conscious local tourism.
信号连线到威尼斯会场，雅伦格文化艺术基金会主席马里诺·福林（Marino Folin）主持威尼斯会场的会议议程。Marino Folin, President of Fondazione EMGAdotART presides over the event at the Venice venue.
The Venice Biennale boasts a history of over 130 years since its launch in the late 19th century. It is regarded as one of the world's three greatest art exhibitions and the one with the longest history and known by most. (The other two are the Kassel Documenta and the São Paulo Art Biennial.) Besides, it is the most influential culture, art, and architecture event around the globe. It has set the standard for other biennials and improved the world biennial exhibition system. In this sense, the Venice Biennale is not only the trend setter of international art exhibitions but also the international indicator of contemporary art.
This ceremony sets two venues: Palazzo Zen in Cannaregio, Venice, Italy, and Lianghekou of China Tujia Pan-Museum in Pengjiazhai, Xuan'en County, Hubei, China. At this event, guests from Venice, Rome, Beijing, and Suzhou will exchanges ideas on a conference call. They will discuss the inheritance and promotion of outstanding ethnic culture and the advancement of rural revitalization. Now, the host is introducing guests and leaders from China and abroad participating this event.
First, let's enjoy Grass Dragon dance from Shadaogou Town, Xuan'en County.
The opening ceremony of "Lianghekou: A Tujia Village of Re-Living-Together--Collateral Event of the 17th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia" now begins.
The opening ceremony of "Lianghekou: A Tujia Village of Re-Living-Together--Collateral Event of the 17th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia" will be held from 19:30 to 21:00 on May 21. The ceremony will adopt the way of transnational two-way interactive live broadcasting. The ceremony sets two venues: Palazzo Zen in Cannaregio, Venice, Italy, and Lianghekou,Pengjiazhai, Xuan'en County, Hubei, China. ChinaNews will do a live report of the ceremony in both Chinese and English.
Following the appearance of the project "Regeneration–A Case Study of China Tujia Pan-Museum" on the La Biennale di Venezia 2018, a new project named "Lianghekou: A Tujia Village of Re-Living-Together" will be exhibited on the 2021 17th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia. This project is among fifteen official parallel exhibitions, aiming to show its international demonstration significance to the world.