The 2018 Mission Hills Creative Cultural Festival kicked off in Longhua District on Saturday, attracting more than 30 artists from around the world and thousands of local citizens.
In one of the highlighted cultural activities, more than 100 local citizens learned how to make woodcrafts depicting ants using branches and twigs taken from trees destroyed by Typhoon Mangkhut. The typhoon uprooted tens of thousands of trees in the city in September.
Local residents make sculptures of ants using branches and twigs taken from trees destroyed by Typhoon Mangkhut at Mission Hills Centreville in Longhua District on Saturday.Windy Shao
“Typhoon Mangkhut destroyed many things in the city. We consider it a good lesson from Mother Nature as we have done too much damage to her,” said Liao Jialiang, an environmental artist who initiated the event.
Liao said he came up with the idea of making ants because the tiny creatures always act with a single mind.
“We want to use these ants to remind people that environmental protection requires the participation of everyone in the world,” he said.
Meanwhile, several hundred local citizens joined hands to make a large blue-dye product called “Shenzhen Blue,” led by Luo Ying, a professor from Shenzhen University.
“It was a lot of fun and taught me how to appreciate the charm of the traditional Chinese art,” said a teenager girl surnamed Yang.
Intangible cultural heritage inheritors from Guizhou also displayed their skills in dyeing, printing and embroidery.
Three exhibitions themed “Salute to Shenzhen” opened yesterday at Mission Hills Maker, including an international material art show, an art show featuring 50 cutting-edge artists themed “Shenzhen Impression” and an international patchwork show.
The cultural festival is part of Shenzhen’s Creative December event. Initiated in 2005, the annual gala aims to boost Shenzhen’s cultural industries and encourage the public to participate in cultural events and be more creative in general.