Symposium: Cultural Optimism, Art and the New Silk Road

On Sunday April 28, 2019, a symposium hosted by the Rising Tide Foundation was held in Montreal, Canada dealing with the unified growth of cultural optimism, beautiful art and economic development as it is being manifested today with the New Silk Road in Asia, Africa and beyond. Presentations were given by a pianist, a dancer, and a painter which will uplift and inspire. The lecturers included Matthew Ehret, (journalist, illustrator and co-founder of the Rising Tide Foundation), Cynthia Chung (lecturer, pianist and co-founder of the Rising Tide Foundation) and Nicholas Jones (professional dancer with la Grande Ballet de Montreal, teacher with Anno’s Africa).

Opening Remarks: Towards a Society of Beauty and Reason

The Power of Classical Culture in Shaping the Future: A History of China-African Relations driven by Cooperation and Beauty by Cynthia Chung, pianist

The New Silk Road and a New Hope for Africa by Matthew Ehret, illustrator

The Embrace of Dance and Optimism in a Transformed Kenya by Nicholas Jones, Dancer (La Grande Ballet de Montreal)

Closing Remarks on a Transformed China 1980-present by Shaun Zhang

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