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Speech by Ambassador Mme Deng Ying at the opening ceremony of Shakespeare Festival
( August 1st, 2018, Kronborg Castle)
2018/08/02

CEO and Artistic Director of HamletScenen,

Representatives of the Prime Minister’s Office of Denmark,

Representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark,

The Danish Parliamentary Ombudsman,

Vice Mayor of Helsingør,

Deputy Director of Shanghai Jingju Theatre Company,

Dear friends, ladies and gentlemen,

Good Evening!

I am very glad to attend this Opening Ceremony of the Shakespeare Festival 2018. First, on behalf of Chinese Embassy in Denmark, I’d like to extend my warmest welcome to you all, and convey my appreciation to the organizing committee of this festival and Shanghai Jingju Theatre Company who have spared no effort to make today’s performance possible. I would also like to give my warm congratulations on the 10th anniversary of the Shakespeare Festival.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Art has no boundaries. Chinese president Xi Jinping said during his visit to the UNESCO headquarters in 2014 that civilizations have become richer and more colorful with exchanges and mutual learning. The story of Hamlet originated in Denmark, revived and put on stage by William Shakespeare. It is one of the most widely circulated and well-received with various renditions in the history of drama. Centered by the theme of Shakespeare, this festival serves as a platform for the exchanges and interactions among artists of different countries. This practice embodies openness and inclusiveness, which is the very guiding line we are advocating and following.

Dear Friends, the Peking opera Hamlet you will see tonight is presented by Shanghai Jingju Theatre Company as the opening performance of the festival. I believe it will be an exciting art feast for the audience for the following reasons:

First, artists from China will render their interpretation of the world classic in traditional pure Chinese art form of Peking Opera, employing ‘songs, speeches, dance-acting and combat movements’. This way we are able to experience the beauty and charm of cultural dialogue between the East and the West.

Secondly, Peking Opera Hamlet has deep-rooted connection with Denmark. Early in 2005, artists from Shanghai Jingju Theatre Company attended the Shakespeare Festival in Kronborg castle with the same play. During the past 13 years, this play has been staged in more than 10 countries including the US, the UK, Germany, Mexico, Chile etc. It has been well-received and gained various rewards home and abroad. And this year, they are coming back now! The artists returned with its rendition of the same play to Denmark, the very place with special ties of the play.

Thirdly, this year marks the 10th anniversary of China-Denmark Comprehensive Strategic Partnership. The performance is one of the important celebrations for this special occasion. We hope that in the future there will be more exchanges and cooperation of this kind and China-Denmark friendship will thereby be further enhanced.

There are a thousand Hamlets in a thousand people's eyes. I wish you will enjoy the one from China. And I wish the performance a great success, the Shakespeare Festival a sustainable development and China-Denmark relations uplifted to a new height.

Thank you!

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