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The Sistine Chapel choir will not sing in Beijing
The papal choir will sing in Macau, Hong Kong and Taipei. The "cultural diplomacy" at work and of interest to both China and the Vatican, even though it may bring few results. In stand-by an exhibition of objects from the Vatican Museums. Plans for an exhibit of documents on relations between the papacy and imperial China.
Hong Kong (AsiaNews) - The Sistine
Chapel choir, one of the oldest religious choirs in the world, will
not perform in Beijing. Its tour of Asia and Chinese speaking world
however will touch on Macao (September 19), Hong Kong (September 21),
Taipei (September 23).
According to Eglises d'Asie,
originally the choir that accompanies all pontifical ceremonies was
supposed to go to Beijing and also various locations on Mainland
China. Contacts had even been made between the Holy See and the
Chinese government to finalize plans for what could have been the
openings of diplomatic ties through culture.
The "cultural diplomacy" had
played a modest role in May 2008 when, on the eve of the Beijing
the Beijing Philharmonic Orchestra and the Shanghai Opera chorus
performed in the Vatican, in the presence of Benedict XVI
(photo). At that time China was eager to present an image of openness
to the international community, to promote tourist's participation in
The Sistine Chapel tour performances
were announced prior to the Pope's visit to Korea, in an attempt to
emphasize its cultural and non-religious aspect. But this caution has
According to information obtained by
AsiaNews, this "cultural diplomacy" toward a
diplomatic breakthrough is not just being used by the Vatican. Last
year there was an attempt to bring an exhibition featuring works
from the Vatican Museums to Beijing and other Chinese cities, which
was later blocked. Currently a request put forward by some Chinese
universities to be able to exhibit historical documents on relations
between the papacy and Imperial China, found in the Vatican Archives
is under consideration.
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