Monday 19 August, 2019

Beijing Sunset merges Chinese and Barbadian culture

The merging of two cultures in an ideal setting with great vibes is what is being promised for this weekend's "Beijing Sunset" presented by Groove Beach 246 at Copacabana Beach Club.

The event to be held in collaboration with The National Cultural foundation and The People's Republic of China (ROC) is honoring a partnership of both countries and also a reciprocal arrangement with the ROC in the year when Barbados celebrates the "China - Latin America and the Caribbean 2016 Year of Cultural Exchange."

Addressing the launch of the event this morning, Minister of culture Hon Stephen Lashley said, Beijing Sunset represents the reciprocity of Barbadian hospitality and friendship with China via a contemporary and urban art form that is attracting the attention of the two nations’ youth - the growing popularity of Electronic Dance Music (EDM) "particularly in urban and more metropolitan settings."

Minister Lashley says ‘Beijing Sunset’ is designed to encourage a cultural exchange of contemporary youth expressions, principally between Barbados and China, but also featuring the fusions of DJ's from Spain and Denmark.

"As with the Guiyang Festival, this will be truly international event and creates the opportunity for our Barbadian Deejays to be exposed to international trends right here on our doorstep," he said.

While applauding the initiatives he said he is hopeful that the correct environment for travel is created in the movement of DJ's and other artistes from Barbados.

"I know that some of the artistes have indicated to me that in some countries they have been experiencing some challenges with obtaining their work permit and I believe that this is an area we have to work on in terms of ensuring that we provide bilateral agreements and create the environment that make our work permit issuing and processing simple," he said.

That problem he assured will not be a problem with China, since both countries share excellent relations, and he noted that local DJ's should have no difficulty if they want to explore that market.

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