Meet Culture, the culture company founded in Athens, was invited by the Consulate General of Greece in Shanghai to attend the Reception of Greek National Day. Miao Bin – the Founder and CEO, Chang Jing – the Artistic Director and Zhang Di – the Music Director met with the Consul General Mr Vassilis Xiros in Yuyuan, Shanghai.
In August 2016, Meet Culture organized the Aegean Music Tour in China, including several cities such as Lishui, Chengdu, Nanjing, Wuxi and Shanghai. In the concert in Shanghai, Meet Culture invited Mr Vassilis Xiros to join the Chinese and Greek musicians with his bouzouki to perform the Greek traditional music. Since then, Meet Culture has kept close relationship with the Consulate on the culture projects.
The rehearsal went smoothly, and as always the staff of Meet Culture would like mix seriousness with fun. An “official” talk between China and Greece was successfully done.
The reception started at Vassilis’ speech, and the Vice Mayor of Shanghai attended.
After the speech, a short video was shown to all guests to introduce the Guzheng Virtuoso Chang Jing. Since the solo performance in the Opening Ceremony of Beijing Olympic Games in 2008, the performance with Yanni at Spring Gala in 2013, the Music Travel in Greece in 2015, till Aegean China Music Journey, Chang Jing has been closer and closer to Greece.
Based on the great contribution to the culture exchange between Greece and China, Chang Jing was awarded the Cultural Ambassador by the Consulate General of Greece in Shanghai.
As said by Mr Consul General, Music unites the two civilizations. Chang Jing has been contributing to the culture exchange between China and Thailand as the teacher of the Princess of Thailand, and now she devote her efforts to the relationship of Greece and China.
Chang Jing invited Miao Bin, the founder of Meet Culture, to the stage to present the gift from Meet Culture to the Consulate General. This is gift is the calligraphy from Mr Xie Qianhong, the calligrapher in Chengdu.
Chang Jing and Zhang Di performed “Oson Zeis” which is from the first ever Greek-Chinese collaborated album Aegean. Then they invited Vassilis and the Greek singer Dimitra to perform the Greek traditional music together, which was amazed by everyone.
Because of music, the two ancient civilizations are embracing each other closely; because of music, Greek culture is meeting Chinese culture.
The famous Greek writer Nikos Kazantzakis said in his book, under the face of a Greek, you will find a Chinese; under the face of a Chinese, you will find a Greek.
There are too many similarities between Greeks and Chinese.