Tianjin International Children’s Culture and Art Festival

Posted on 16. Sep, 2009 in Speeches

I rise to congratulate the Melbourne students who recently won three gold, two silver and six excellence prizes at the 2009 Tianjin International Children’s Culture and Art Festival in our sister city. The paintings of over 1000 students from 43 countries were part of this competition, including paintings by 45 Melbourne students we sent to the festival. Furthermore, Melbourne’s well-known Scotch College music school, which has a 158-year history, sent 15 young artists to perform at the opening and closing ceremonies of the Tianjin festival.

I am very impressed by the talent of our young student artists. All our gold-medal-winning paintings will be included in a commemorative album, which will be presented as a gift to United Nations diplomatic envoys and heads of states visiting China as well as foreign embassies in China.

At the festival’s closing ceremony, which was held next to Melbourne Park in Tianjin, our sister city, students and teachers from Melbourne used some simple Chinese they had learnt on this trip to sing a song to extend their appreciation to their Chinese friends for their very warm welcome. I am hopeful that such events, engagement and exchange will continue to nourish young minds in the two great sister cities and the two countries.

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