From March 20 to 25, 313 artists, wood-related professionals and scholars from China and 70 other countries, and over thousands of visitors crowded in the China Classical Art Expo Center in Xianyou, Fujian Province, China for the highly-anticipated 2014 World Wood Day (WWD) celebration and International Wood Culture Festival.
The 2014 WWD was initiated and organized by the International Wood Culture Society (IWCS), and mainly sponsored by World Wood Day Foundation (WWDF).
The events kicked off on the morning of March 21st (World Wood Day) with impressive speeches given by representatives from both local and overseas official organizations.
This year’s WWD events under the theme of “Wood in a Changing Culture” continued its core value to go along the concept of achieving “Wood is Good” with a cultural approach. Presentations of global cultures and ideas for sustainability were showcased in a series of overarching activities that drew thousands of visitors.
During the opening ceremony, the IWCS announced to set up the International Wood Culture Research and Development Center.
A globe-lighting ceremony was held on stage to declare the launch of the World Wood Culture Festival.
Following is a series of beautiful shows that presented various cultures from different countries that lend an exotic ambiance to the festival.
The guests and audience lingered around for a while after it ended, taking photos and chatting with the performers and each other.
Intellectual interactive events will take place over the next few days after the astounding opening ceremony that provided visual and cultural impacts.
World Wood Day is a cultural event celebrated annually during the week of March 21st to highlight wood as an eco-friendly and renewable biomaterial and to raise awareness on the key role wood plays in a sustainable world. Starting from 2013, WWD celebrations were held in Tanzania and China respectively, involving participants from over 100 countries and regions.