On September 27, Xiangtan University (XTU), along with Memorial Hall of Qi Baishi and Confucius Institute at Makerere University, celebrated the 60th anniversary of the establishment of Sino - Ugandan diplomatic relations and Makerere University’s 100th Anniversary. The commemorations were held at the same time in Memorial Hall of Qi Baishi and Confucius Institute at Makerere University.
Teachers and students appreciated works show of Qi Baishi, and discussed his artistic achievements at Memorial Hall of Qi Baishi. The theme of the celebration, the same as the painting of Qi Baishi, was called “Hundreds of Flowers and Dove of Peace”. “Hundreds of Flowers” means various cultures around the world. Teachers and students from China and Uganda were invited to experience Chinese traditional painting skills by completing two paintings on large paper of 8 meters in length and 0.5 meters in width.
On the parallel session in Uganda, teachers, students and local people watched a video called the “Life and Artistic Career of Qi Baishi”. The video was made by XTU specially, to help people understand Qi’s life and persistence. Students also brought prepared sketches, trying to imitate and color them through Chinese painting methods.
Teachers and students from both countries admitted that they had understood about Chinese traditional painting more lively and Qi Baishi and his arts life comprehensively. They were looking forward to more wonderful cultural and artistic exchange activities in the future, enhancing cultural understanding and realizing cultural interactions and prosperity.
The participants of this exchange activity included Wu Jian, secretary of the CPC Committee, and curator of Memorial Hall of Qi Baishi; Wang Qizhi and Jiang Xiangdong, deputy curators of Memorial Hall of Qi Baishi; Venny Nakazibwe, deputy academic principal, College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology, Makerere University; Ifee Francis Xavier, director of Arts Department; deans and teachers from College of International Exchange of XTU; international students from Uganda; students representatives from Arts College, Business College, Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics College, and local students and people in Uganda.