As an important measure for implementing “the Belt & Road Initiative” proposed by General Secretary Xi Jinping, the Maritime Silk Road International Arts Festival (abbreviated as “the Arts Festival”) is the first national level arts and cultural event with the theme of Maritime Silk Road approved by the Central Government,and as well as one of the highest standard international cultural exchange platforms in China. In 2014 and 2015, Quanzhou has successfully held the 1st and the 2nd Arts Festivals. And in 2015, the relevant departments of the Central Government formally approved that the People's Government of Fujian Province and the Ministry of Culture co-sponsor the Arts Festival in Quanzhou every two years.
Co-hosted by the Ministry of Culture of the People’s Republic of China and Fujian Provincial People's Government, and co-organized by Fujian Provincial Department of Culture and Quanzhou Municipal People's Government, the 3rd Maritime Silk Road International Arts Festival takes “Exhibition, Exchange, Cooperation and Promotion” as its aim under the theme of “Building the Maritime Silk Road”. The Festival covers three major categories, i.e. shows and exhibitions, forums, and cultural projects, including more than 70 key events,such as Opening Ceremony & Gala, Maritime Silk Road Forum on Arts Development, Maritime Silk Road Exhibition of Intangible Cultural Heritage, 2017 China-CEEC Cultural Season (Quanzhou), the 12th Quanzhou International Nanyin Symposium, the 5th China Quanzhou International Puppetry Festival, Flash Mob Activities in the Ancient City, the 2nd Foot Orienteering in the Ancient City of Quanzhou, the 2nd China (Anxi)Furnishing & Decoration Expo, the Maritime Silk Road Carnival, Maritime Silk Road Currency and Trading Photo Exhibit, Quanzhou Fine Arts & Crafts Exhibition and so on.
1. The logo takes the shape of Zayton flower (Erythrina flower), the city flower of Quanzhou, which also refers to the Zayton Port of ancient Quanzhou — a starting point of the ancient Maritime Silk Road.
2. The form of five petals resembles a dancing figure in traditional festive dances as well as a flying dove, a symbol of peace and friendship.
3. The five petals also symbolize international artists from all corners of the world, connected together by Maritime Silk Road, which embodies the spirits of the Festival-- “Exhibition, Exchange, Cooperation and Promotion”.
4. The color is a blend of colors of Zayton flower and the Ocean.