60th China-France relation celebrates with 400+ events in 31 Chinese cities

In celebration of the 60th anniversary of China-France diplomatic ties, which observe the cultural cooperation between the two countries, the opening ceremony of the festival “Croisements” took place on the evening of April 1st at Mandarin Oriental Wangfujing, Beijing

Celebrity Fan Michelle Yeoh with Mandarin Oriental Wangfujing, Beijing general manager Richard Langonné

Renamed “Croisements 60” for the occasion, the festival will run exclusively from April to December, with over 400 events in 31 cities across China. The events will showcase a rich array of cultural arts, spanning fields such as the visual arts, performing arts, music, cinema, literature, and crafts.

To open the festival, an exhibition will be held at the Forbidden City from now till June 30, 2024, on the cultural exchanges between China and France in the 17th and 18th centuries. Featuring nearly 150 artworks, primarily from the collections of the Forbidden City and the Palace of Versailles, many of which are being displayed for the first time, this exhibition embodies the historical depth and richness of cultural cooperation between the two countries.

The opening ceremony of the festival Croisements took place at the Mandarin Oriental Wangfujing, Beijing on April 1st. Among the attendees was Academy Award-winning actress Michelle Yeoh, a devoted celebrity fan of the Group. Launched in 2000, the “Celebrity Fan” programme connects the brand’s recognised symbol – the fan – with international celebrities who frequent the hotels, serving as ambassadors of luxury and taste across various ages, genders and nationalities.

Richard Langonne, general manager of Mandarin Oriental Wangfujing, Beijing comments, “Being the chosen partner hotel for the Festival’s grand opening ceremony underscores Mandarin Oriental’s commitment to fostering cultural exchange and celebrating the rich heritage shared between China and France.”

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