Forum of Writers from PR China and Central and Eastern European Countries
In accordance with the Hangzhou Declaration on Cultural Cooperation, from 16 to 22 September 2018 in Ningbo, PR China, a Forum of Writers from PR China and the CEE countries was held. The Forum was attended by representatives from all the CEE countries, except Montenegro, and prominent writers from PR China. It included several conference activities, protocol and informal meetings, as well as visits to important cultural and historical monuments in the city and its surroundings.
During the Forum many ideas for possible forms of cooperation between PR China and the CEE countries were discussed in terms of bringing literature from the CEE countries and PR China closer. In this regard, the necessity of establishing a Foundation that would select, translate and publish works from the above-mentioned literatures was emphasized. Particular attention was paid to the problem of translation from and to Chinese, as both PR China and the CEE countries lack sufficient literary translators to carry out quality translations.
The working part of the Forum, organized in two sessions, was dedicated to presentations on the development of literature in the participating countries, including the Macedonian one, in order to familiarize the participants with the latest developments and contemporary trends in the literary field. The Macedonian participant, Prof. Zoran Anchevski, briefly outlined the main sources of the Macedonian literature in terms of its historical development and focused on the features of contemporary development of literature, written in Macedonian and minority languages spoken in Macedonia, for each of the existing literary genres. Prof. Anchevski also gave a presentation on some of the prestigious international literary events hosted in Republic of Macedonia such as Struga Poetry Evenings and Racin Meetings, highlighting the important place they hold on a global and regional scale.
The Forum successfully fulfilled the planned program activities in which three participants from the Republic of Macedonia took part and it accentuated the need of taking concrete and practical steps towards better literary ties and literary exchange between PR China and the 16 Central and Eastern European countries, part of the 16+1 Process.