Minister of Sports and Culture Grace Chiumia says the country’s youths can make a living out of the Chinese arts, given more cultural exchange visits between Malawi and Beijing.
The minister made the remarks after a group from China displayed Shaolin arts and acrobatics during the commemoration of China-Africa Relations 60th Anniversary in Lilongwe.
The artists left the audience, which included President Peter Mutharika and Vice-President Saulos Chilima, in ecstasy as they performed skills usually seen in Chinese and Asian martial arts movies.
Chiumia said Malawian youths, if well trained on such arts, have the potential to perform in pay venues and earn a living.
She said: “Our Chinese colleagues have a rich culture that has dominated the world of arts for a long time. Our youths, most of whom are unemployed, can surely benefit from this culture.”
The minister hoped that China and Malawi could in future facilitate more cultural exchange trips so that more Malawians learn such acts.
“Added to that the Chinese can also learn from us things like dances which form a backbone of our culture,” she said after the event, which also saw local artists performing Malipenga and Likwata dance.
In his remarks, Chinese Ambassador Wang Shi-Ting promised to bring more performers in future.
“We value the cultural exchanges that we have because they strengthen our bilateral relations between Malawi and China. In future we will bring some artists so that Malawi can learn from us and we can learn from them,” he said.
During the event, the President commended China for assisting the country in number of areas.
Malawi established relations with China in 2007 after switching from Taiwan or Republic of China.