A delegation comprising 19 calligraphers from the Nan-an District of Chongqing City, China arrived in Singapore on the evening of 17 Nov 2010. The delegation is led by the Chairman of the Calligraphers Association of Nan-an District, Chongqing City. Tan Bee Kiang (Chen Meijuan), the Secretary-cum-Vice President of the Shicheng Calligraphy and Seal-Carving Society (SCSCS), represented the Singapore host to welcome them at the Changi International Airport.
During the two-day visit to Singapore, the delegation attended the opening ceremony of the 12th National Teochew Artists Calligraphy and Painting Exhibition. They also visited the National Library and the National Art Museum. The calligraphic work ‘Guangbo Nengmiao’ (meaning extensive and profound knowledge can do wonder) in Zhang style of Cursive script by the leader of the delegation Zhang Wencan, and past issues of the Weekly Calligraphy Guide and Journal of Calligraphy that contained essays written by Zhang were collected by the National Library.
On the evening of 18 Nov, the delegation arrived at the 2nd storey of the Ngee Ann Cultural Centre for an exchange gathering with the Singapore counterparts. The following from Singapore attended the gathering: the SCSCS’s Advisors Ang Hoon Seng (Hong Yunsheng), Liu Pau Kiang (Liao Baoqiang) Chen Guangyi, President Chang Kwang Wee (Zeng Guangwei), Vice Presidents Goh Yao Kee (Wu Yaoji) and Tan Bee Kiang, together with council members Heng Wei Chia (Wang Huaizheng), Goh Toh Biow (Wu Duobiao), Chua Tok Nam (Cai Zhuonan), Sim Soong kee (Shen Songji) and Amy Lim Twan Yuan (Chen Duanyuan), the Siaw-Tao Chinese Seal-Carving Calligraphy & Painting Society’s President Tan Kee Sek (Ceng Jice), and the Senior Citizen Calligraphy and Painting Society’s President Tan Ching Yam (Chen Qingye).
As one of the calligraphy exchange activites, Zhang Wencan, Gan Lin, Yang Guiming, Nie Hui, Zai Sanqi, Zai Wuqiao, Tang Weiqun, Xie Lun , Xie Feidong, Xu Baohua and the Singaporean calligraphers displayed their calligraphic skills by writing calligraphy on the spot. It was a rather pleasure experience to learn from each other. The calligraphers also exchanged souvenir gifts.
Both sides also presented other cultural items. The Singapore side presented singing, dancing and painting items that reflect a unique Singapore flavour. The delegation form China presented various cultural items. Zhang Wencan, the delegation leader interpreted various poems, Jiang Yan, the deputy leader and President of the Opera Association sang Beijing Opera, the former president of the Calligraphers Association Yang Guiming sang folk songs, etc. Finally the gathering ended with all citing ‘Chinese Calligraphy’, a poem written by Zai Sanqi.
After concluded the visit to Singapore, the delegation headed north to visit Malaysia, holding exchange gatherings with calligraphers in Malacca and Johor.
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