Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Hangzhou Celebration

The Indy portion of the Indianapolis-Hangzhou Sister City Partnership celebrates their shared relationship 9 May in the Central Library, 40 East St. Clair Street, Indianapolis -- and the public is invited.

It begins with a 6 p.m. reception in the Riley meeting room, followed by "cultural performances of China" in the Clowes auditorium at 7 p.m.

On display will be books donated to the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library by Hangzhou. This exhibit, "Reflections of West Lake: Hangzhou Public Library Book Exhibition," includes works representing the performing arts, calligraphy and painting, literature, musical instruments, arts and crafts and city development. It will be on display at Central Library from 7 May through 28 July (during regular library hours).

Nearly 100 donated Chinese or bilingual books in this collection are available for checkout from the Library's catalog. The Indianapolis Public Library in return has donated a similar collection of works representing American and Indiana literature to the Hangzhou Public Library.

A "taste" of Chinese cuisine is promised.

There's no admission charge, although seating is limited for the performances. For more information about this free Library program, call 317:275-4099.

Sponsors, in addition to the library and its foundation, are Eli Lilly and Company, the International School of Indiana, Indianapolis Chinese Community Center and the International & Cultural Affairs office of Mayor Greg Ballard.

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