China International Culture Association (CICA), established on July 3, 1986, is a nationwide non-profit social organization dedicated to people-to-people cultural exchange and cooperation under the guidance and support of the Ministry of Culture of the People’s Republic of China. By developing cultural exchange and cooperating with other countries, CICA strives to attain its goal: to help bring about a flourishing culture for mankind and to enhance mutual understanding and friendship between Chinese people and peoples of the world.
Currently, the association has 52 member organizations, 54 executive council members and 72 council members.
Meeting of the board of Executive Directors in 2006 (Lu Zhixian, Zhu Muzhi, Sun Jiazheng, Liu Deyou and
Cai Wu,President of China International Culture Association
Meeting of the board of Directors in 2010 (Gao Shuxun, Chang Keren, Chen Xiaoguang, Wang Wenzhang,
Cai Wu, Zhao Shaohua, Pan Zhenzhou, Zhou Heping, Lu Zhangshen and Dong Junxin)
The association has staged a series of cultural events and projects that include personnel exchange, publishing, organization of performances, exhibitions, academic symposiums and other multilateral activities.
It has visited over 40 countries, and assigned about 100 Chinese artist groups of different genres to perform abroad. Hundreds of foreign artist groups and artists have been invited to perform in China to foster understanding of different cultures. In addition, it has funded publishing of several books about Chinese culture, and has held over 40 exhibitions, including the Rodin Art Exhibition, Masks of Asia, and the photo exhibition, China in the Eye of Foreigners.
Past highlights include a traditional Chinese show performed in Cuba, when Chinese President Hu Jintao visited Cuba in November 2004, and an exhibition of the Peking opera master Mei Lanfang, held in Japan in 2009, which was in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the China-Japan Cultural Exchanges Agreement. The China Youth Arts Festival, which began in 2008, has attracted over 5,000 foreign young artists from Egypt, Russia, Canada, Kenya, the US and Japan.
Leaders visit Ikuo Hirayama Exhibition in 2008, including Jia Qinglin, Chairman of the National
Committee of the CPPCC, Song Jian, former Vice Chairman of the National Committee of the CPPCC, Sun
Jiazheng, former President of CICA and Cai Wu, the current President of CICA.
President Cai Wu meets with the delegation of the Thailand-China Cultural and Economic Association.
Executive Vice President Zhao Shaohua attends the opening ceremony of the International Children's
Culture and Art Festival in Tianjin.
The work of the association is made possible through the generous help from domestic organizations and institutions.
Included are Flag of Peace, a flag-drawing competition designed for children around the world, which is co-organized by the China Association for Promoting Children’s Culture and Art and seeks to promote world peace and common prosperity;the exhibition Creative Cities Collection: Fine Arts Exhibition London in 2012,co-sponsored by the Chinese Cultural and Art Promoting Society and held at the Barbican Centre in London in 2012; and the Chinese/Japanese version of Peony Pavilion, a Kunqu opera program that featured prestigious artists, including Mei Baojiu and Tamasaburo Bando.
The press conference of the 5th China International Youth Arts Festival
Flag of Peace, a flag-painting competition designed for global children to promote world peace.
Hou Xianghua, Director General of the Bureau for External Cultural Relations of the Ministry of Culture,
attends the Happy Spring Festival activities in Dubai.
The former Executive Vice President Liu Deyou attends the China Culture Summer Camp opening ceremony
Zhang Aiping, Vice Director General of the Bureau for External Cultural Relations of the Ministry of
Culture, signs an agreement on behalf of CICA with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra.
CICA has forged cooperative relations with foreign institutions and organizations worldwide, including the Portugal’s Orient Foundation, the Sultan Bin Ali Al Owais Cultural Foundation, the Japan Foundation, the Vietnam-China Cultural Exchange Center, and the Thai-Chinese Culture and Economy Association.
Today, CICA has established itself as a successful cultural brand for its coherent focus on quality content and social benefits.
CICA has mapped out eight strategic cultural programs – the Chinese International Youth Arts Festival, the Beijing International Music Competition, the China Young Artists Project, Oriental Express, the Oriental Cultural Research Program, the Chinese Culture Summer Camp, China Cultural Volunteers and Management Training Program for Cultural Professionals.
As global cultural exchanges continue to intensify, the association will explore new avenues to expand global cultural ties and take a leading role in the promotion of people-to-people contact in the cultural sector.
Fine Arts Exhibition London in 2012.
An art group of Shanghai Theater Academy is assigned to attend the International Youth Music Festival
in Iguazu, Argentina.
The concert of works by Lu Yuan, a renowned Chinese composer, held in 2009.
A Chinese / Japanese co-production of Kunqu Opera Peony Pavilion makes its debut in Shanghai.
Sun Jiazheng, the former President of CICA, attends the Beijing International Culture Forum.
The former Executive Vice President Liu Deyou meets with the visiting Japanese delegation of incense
Vice President Zhen Xinmiao meets with the foreign guests.
Vice President Pan Zhenzhou signs a cooperation agreement with the Cape Verde-China Friendship
President Cai Wu meets with Phinij Jarusombat, President of the Thailand-China Cultural and
Executive Vice President Zhao Shaohua meets with the Russian Duma member Guschev.
Vice President Zhao Weisui meets with Ms. Helen, a member of the trustees of the Stanford University.
Vice President Dong Junxin meets with Carlos Monjardina, President of the Portugal Orient Foundation.
Zhou Tienong, Vice Chairman of the National People’s Congress and Chang Keren, the Vice President of CICA,
attend the opening ceremony of the 5th flag-painting competition,Flag of Peace.
The former Executive Vice President Liu Deyou visits the oil painting exhibition by Chikako Ikeguchi.
The former Vice President Chen Xinren meets with the members of the Japan Theatre Association.
An art group of China National Children’s Center performs in Thailand.
President Cai Wu meets with Sukumol Kunplome, Minister of Culture of Thailand.
President Cai Wu meets with Yuji Miyamoto, former Japanese ambassador to China.
Executive Vice President Zhao Shaohua attends the opening ceremony of the Contemporary Chinese Ceramics Painting Exhibition.
Vice President Dong Junxin attends the Mayor Summit, a gathering of mayors from China, Mongolia and Russia.
I CAN PAY festival
The East Asian fashion show
Night of China, Opening Celebration of Fine Arts Exhibition in London 2012
Chinese performers abroad
Foreign perfomers at the China International Youth Arts Festival
A jury meeting of the China Young Artists Project
Chinese performers in India
A forum of the China International Youth Arts Festival
Chinese Culture Summer Camp