A Croatian delegation headed by Assistant Culture Minister Iva Hraste-Soco is attending the Arts Cooperation Forum between China and 16 Central and Eastern European countries (CEEC) which is taking place in Beijing on May 8-14.

The forum has brought together professionals and artists from various fields, including visual arts, theatre, music, children's theatre and dance, and they will participate in a number of panel discussions as moderators and speakers.

The focus will be on creating new networks to facilitate cooperation among artists, professionals and institutions, and new projects are expected to be agreed for implementation in 2017.

Participants from the 16 European countries will also have an opportunity to visit some of Beijing's cultural institutions such as the National Centre for the Performing Arts, the Beijing Dance Academy, the National Art Theatre, the Central Academy of Fine Arts, the National Museum of China, the Minzu University of China, and the Central Conservatory of Music.

Since the Croatian Ministry of Culture supports arts projects within the China+16 initiative, their implementation will be an opportunity to intensify cooperation between the Croatian and Chinese ministries of culture, various institutions and artists.

Hraste-Soco said that the attendance of the Croatian delegation was preceded by a meeting between Croatian Culture Minister Zlatko Hasanbegovic and Chinese Deputy Culture Minister Dong Wei. 

Dong paid an official visit to Croatia in mid-April during which a programme of cooperation in culture in 2016-2020 was signed, defining activities and projects in all areas of culture and arts between Croatia and China.

Under the programme, about 30 professionals from the China Association of Performing Arts are due to visit Zagreb and Rijeka in June.

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