Speech for the Inauguration of Exhibitions on the occasion of the 160th anniversary of NSFK by the President
His Excellency, Mr Sun Gongyi, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China in Mauritius
The Lord Mayor of the City of Port Louis, Mr Mahfooz Moussa Cadersaib
The Director of China Cultural Centre, Mr Song Yanqun
The President of Chinese Fine Arts Association, Mr Eddy Yeung
My friend, the Vice President of United Chinese Associations, Mr Eric Lim
Ladies & Gentlemen
Good Morning. My colleagues of the Executive Committee of Nam Shun Fooy Koon and I wish you a very warm welcome for the opening ceremony which marks a week’s activities on the occasion of the 160th Anniversary of Nam Shun Fooy Koon. Today the inauguration of two exhibitions namely “Down Memory Lane” and “Chinese Paintings and Calligraphy” set the pace for an exciting week to come.
“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots”. It’s a famous quote from Marcus Garvey which reflects today’s exhibitions.
“Down Memory Lane” will take you to an era where photography was considered as something magical and where the shooting of a portrait could take quite some time. You will travel to the beginning of the 20th century to the present days when viewing this exhibition.
Some of you will be overcome with nostalgia, remembering a past long gone which they have witnessed and others will discover or rediscover the evolution of photography for the past century. Whatever your age, I am sure you will learn something about this exhibition.
I have personally invited the Chinese Fine Arts Association to exhibit their paintings in Chinatown because I believe that their paintings deserve to be seen by all. The Chinese Paintings and Calligraphy are not well known to the public and this exhibition, I am sure, will trigger in many of you the desire to learn more about this millennial culture and why not the eclosion of budding artists. I wish to thank Mr Song Yanqun and Mr Eddy Yeung for having gladly accepted to hold this exhibition of Chinese Paintings and Calligraphy here at Heritage Court.
Visitors to the exhibitions will surely learn something they were not aware of when coming to these exhibitions. At Nam Shun Fooy Koon, we have at heart the preservation and promotion of our Chinese Culture and the holding of these two exhibitions is our contribution to this noble cause.
I wish you all to travel back in time and also be amazed by the brush strokes of our artists of Fine Arts and Calligraphy.
Thank You all for your attention.