Thursday, February 5, 2009

International Centre for Chinese Calligraphy 国际书法发展联络会

On 11 Dec 1988, at a seminar held in conjunction with the 20th anniversary of the Chinese Calligraphy Society of Singapore (CCSS), it was unanimously voted that Singapore would be the home of the newly formed International Centre for Chinese Calligraphy (ICCC). The ICCC Secretariat would be administered by CCSS. The decision was made by representatives from 7 countries/regions that participated in the seminar. The seven countries or regions are China, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, South Korea, Singapore and Taiwan.
The Centre formalized the hitherto ad hoc exchanges among the seven participating regions. The first thing it did was to plan holding an exhibition of calligraphic works by calligraphers in the region. The exhibition took place in Singapore as planned from 18 to 31 Dec 1990. It was declared open by the then Singapore Deputy Prime Minister Ong Teng Cheong, who wrote on the spot a seven-word couple using the walking-style after the opening ceremony.
Since the inaugural exhibition, the participating countries/regions took turn to organize 5 more exhibitions from 1993 to 2003. When Singapore played host again in Mar 2006 to organize the 7th International Calligraphy Exchange Exhibition, it had been expanded to feature calligraphic works from 21 countries. This time the guest of honors at the opening ceremony was His Excellency the President of the Republic of Singapore, Mr. S R Nathan, who also demonstrated his calligraphic skill after the opening ceremony.
It was decided during this exhibition at the ICCC meeting on 11 Mar 2006 that the ICCC Secretariat would be moved from Singapore to China, the motherland of Chinese calligraphy.
This decision marked the successful completion of the first round of international calligraphy exchanges in the region. It is not exaggerate to say that Singapore has contributed significantly and decisively in developing and promoting the arts among the international arts community.

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