For Mongolia, 2023 has been a breakthrough 12 months for the nation’s cultural diplomacy. In the course of the reign of Mongolian President Khuresukh Ukhnaa state go to to France on October 10 and 14, the Mongolian Ministry of Tradition in collaboration with the French Ministry of Europe and Overseas Affairs efficiently organized actions that strengthened the cultural ties of the 2 international locations.
Mongolia’s cultural performances on the Palace of Versailles, the Nantes Historical past Museum and the Lkham Gallery in Paris highlighted Ulaanbaatar’s efforts to advertise international information and consciousness Mongolia’s previous and current.
On October 13, the Morin Khuur Philharmonic Ensemble sang “Stunning Mongolia” for Khurelsukh, his spouse Bolortsetseg Luvsandorj, Mongolian Overseas Minister of Mongolia Battsetseg Batmunkh, French Overseas Minister Catherine Colonna and greater than 600 friends on the Royal Opera Home on the Palace of Versailles.
The Morin Khuur Ensemble is a logo of Mongolia’s efforts to extend its historic and cultural presence on the world stage. Since 1993, the ensemble has performed in 14 totally different international locations and carried out greater than 700 instances.
The normal musical instrument performed throughout the efficiency has the identical identify morin khuur (horse head fiddle), is already one UNESCO protected cultural article. Combining the morin khuur with devices such because the go to mattress (conventional plucked zither) in composition with flute, violin and piano, the ensemble created an environment that’s conventional but trendy, culturally particular but worldwide.
For the primary time that the Morin Khuur ensemble carried out on the Palace of Versailles, the mixing of French components not solely shocked the viewers, but additionally confirmed the importance of the cultural ties between France and Mongolia.
Whereas “The Mongolian Melody” by the good composer Jantsannorov Natsag of Mongolia captured the hearts and minds of these current, the French traditional “La Vie En Rose” was sung by a younger Mongolian singer, to the delight of the viewers. The working mechanisms of Mongolia’s cultural diplomacy reached each nook of the Palace of Versailles and hopefully past.
Afterwards, a French participant praised the efficiency, telling The Diplomat: “It was magnificent, shocking and exquisite. Very shocking!”
The Morin Khuur Ensemble additionally carried out on the opening ceremony of the Chinggis Khaan exhibition in Nantes, France.
Below the auspices of French President Emmanuel Macron and Mongolian President Khurelsukh, the “Chinggis Khaan – How Mongols Modified the World” exhibition shall be open to the general public from October 2023 to Might 2024 on the Château des ducs de Bretagne, on the Nantes Historical past Museum. The most important exhibition options greater than 400 artefacts, together with an exhibit of 8,000 Mongolian merchandise – a few of that are on show for the primary time in historical past.
In keeping with Dr. Gaelle Lacaze, a French anthropologist with shut ties to Mongolia, the Chinggis Khaan exhibition in Nantes is a crucial step for France and Mongolia to strengthen cultural ties. She identified that this side of relations should preserve tempo with different developments, such because the historic uranium settlement between Mongolia and France: “As a result of bilateral settlement between the Mongolian authorities and Orano, it’s essential to implement cultural packages to help the presidential mission .”
Lacaze added that if Ulaanbaatar and Paris wish to strengthen cultural ties, “pupil trade and cooperation tasks are essential.”
Mongolia’s efforts in organizing the Chinggis Khaan exhibition in Nante got here after the same exhibition proposed by China confronted main challenges.
The Parisian revealed that in 2020, when Chateau Nantes and China collaborated to carry an exhibition, Chinese language authorities insisted that they needed to validate the total textual content of the exhibition. In keeping with Le Parisien, “there was even a brand new textual content written completely from China, the place the phrase ‘Mongol’ appeared on web page 12 and the place the identify Chinggis Khaan was merely erased.” That’s the reason the Nantes Museum refused the exhibition proposal.
In keeping with to the French Ambassador to Mongolia, Sebastien Surun, “From 2020 to 2023, Chateau Nantes and Mongolia have been capable of work shortly and open the exhibition final week.”
Mongolian Tradition Minister Nomin Chinbat emphasised Macron’s direct help for strengthening cultural ties between France and Mongolia.
The historical past of Chinggis Khaan – its conquests, settlements and missteps – are all integral components of Mongolia’s historical past and Mongolian identification. Defending the historical past and historic narrative of the Mongols, together with by exhibiting related artifacts, thus performs a vital position in Mongolia’s trendy cultural diplomacy.
In the meantime, in Paris, eight modern Mongolian artists from Europe and Mongolia opened the modern artwork exhibition “The White Milk Paints the Blue Sky” on the Lkham Gallery.
The curator, Dr Christianna Bonin, informed The Diplomat’s Bolor Lkhaajav: “France has a protracted historical past of involvement and curiosity in Asia. The Parisian context is curious and open to visible arts.” She praised the contributions of Mongolian artists, saying that “working with and highlighting the interconnectedness between the human world and the pure world may be very highly effective.”
Bonin underlined the significance of creative contribution and understanding the connection between nature and humanity throughout a interval of local weather disaster, when there’s a lot speak about sustainability.
Mongolia’s presentation of its historical past and tradition on a world stage is a part of Ulaanbaatar’s mushy energy, meant to extend international information and consciousness of the nation and its conventional tradition. The cultural exposition in flip helps the nation’s tourism sector. When vacationers go to Mongolia, most have already got some concept of Mongolian historical past, society and creative tradition.
Mongolia is presently taking extra steps to guard its conventional tradition, which is carefully linked to Mongolian identification, particularly overseas. In recent times, the Ministry of Tradition has submitted extra cultural artifacts, performances and conventional objects to UNESCO to stop their removing, destruction, modification or misinterpretation by different international locations.
From the angle of worldwide relations, Mongolia’s cultural diplomacy is likely one of the many necessary pillars of the third neighboring nation’s international coverage. Ulaanbaatar is in search of numerous channels of management, initiation and engagement, a quest that’s inspiring the speedy development of bilateral ties by Khurelsukh and Macron.
“The cultural occasions, exhibitions and enterprise discussion board that occurred throughout Mongolian President Khurelsukh Ukhnaa’s state go to to France illustrate nice significance and impetus in bilateral relations between France and Mongolia,” mentioned Mongolian Ambassador to France Nyamkhuu Ulambayar.
Constructing on the successes achieved in France, consideration now turns to the arrival of the theater present ‘The Mongol Khan’ in London’s West Finish. In the course of the efficiency, Mongolia’s largest theater firm will carry out in Nice Britain for the primary time. ‘The Mongol Khan’ – carried out in Mongolian, with English subtitles – tells a compelling story of energy and a battle for supremacy set three millennia in the past. The present acts as an introduction to Mongolia, but additionally marks the sixtieth anniversary of the institution of diplomatic relations between Mongolia and the UK.