Serbian Cultural Center "Ivo Andric" opens in Beijing

This is Serbia's second such center abroad after the one in Paris, France, established 45 years ago, Tanjug reported.

The center was opened by Serbian Mnister of Culture and Information Vladan Vukosavljevic, while the event was also attended by Chinese Minister of Culture and Tourism Luo Shugang, who said the institution was equally important for both countries and that a Chinese cultural center was expected to open in Belgrade next year.

Vladan Vukosavljevic "underlined that strategic partnership, friendship and very dynamic cooperation in the field of culture and arts of the two countries have influenced the decision that the artistic district of 798 in Beijing be the place where Chinese citizens will have an opportunity to learn about Serbian culture," the Serbian government stated.

Vukosavljevic also announced that the center will promote Serbian cinematography and Serbia as a film-making location, create conditions for Chinese citizens to get familiar with the Serbian language and literature, and present to Chinese citizens Serbia as a tourist destination - the country's various festivals and cultural, primarily medieval, heritage.

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