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At the 2023 Beijing Cultural Forum, high-profile Chinese director Zhang Yimou delivered an uplifting speech. He unabashedly said: "As a cultural worker, I have the obligation and responsibility to sow more cultural flames through creation, so that everyone's cultural pursuit can come together and ignite the fire of human civilization for thousands of years." ”
With his outstanding performance in the opening and closing ceremonies of the two Olympic Games, Zhang Yimou has become the spokesperson of the "City of Two Olympic Games".
In his speech, he shared his profound thoughts on cultural inheritance and innovation. Looking back at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 2022 Winter Olympics, he believes that the Chinese people have become more confident and their culture has become more prosperous during this period. Whether it is the majesty of the Summer Olympics or the vastness and ethereal of the Winter Olympics, it is showing the world the breadth and depth of Chinese culture.
He emphasized that the excellent traditional Chinese culture has always been the source of inspiration and the foundation of his creativity. He sees it as an eternal treasure trove, transcending time and space, transcending borders, exuding infinite charm and contemporary value. This is exactly the respectable, lovable, and credible image of China that he wants to present.
Through the Olympic Games, a global festival, he was able to conduct equal and sincere civilizational dialogue and cultural exchanges with other countries in the world.
Zhang Yimou knows that innovation is the source of cultural life. The world is experiencing major changes unprecedented in a century, and China is also standing at the critical moment of realizing the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation, and the continuous updating of innovative ideas, technologies and methods has become an urgent task. He is convinced that only in this way can we show a brand new China to the world and let the charm of Chinese culture be vividly displayed on the world stage.
From "I" to "we", this is another theme in Zhang Yimou's speech.
He pointed out that in the past, we emphasized more "me" and wanted to tell the world "what China has". Today, we've moved up to the level of "us." With a broader vision and a more open attitude, Chinese is moving towards the future and contributing China's strength and wisdom to the world.
He affectionately elaborated on the unique charm of Chinese civilization, emphasizing that this is a kind of native civilization, derived from rich traditional culture, and constantly exchanged, collided and integrated with other ancient civilizations. He looked forward to the future and called for mutual learning and common prosperity with other civilizations, and jointly building a hundred gardens of world civilization.
With Zhang Yimou's speech, the entire 2023 Beijing Cultural Forum kicked off. With the annual theme of "Inheriting Excellent Culture and Promoting Exchange and Cooperation", the forum attracted more than 600 Chinese and foreign guests, including well-known experts and scholars, writers, artists and industry leaders, as well as international dignitaries and heads of international institutions in the field of culture. They gathered together to discuss how to use the power of culture to promote the common progress of all countries in the world and write a new chapter of human civilization.
In this era of advocating cultural integration, Zhang Yimou lit a cultural torch with his creations, added color to Chinese civilization, and contributed his own strength to the prosperity and development of world culture.