ARTISTS showcased their Chinese calligraphy and brush painting skills on two 25m scrolls during the “Belt and Road” art exhibition at Lot 33 in Prangin Mall, Penang.

Each scroll was adorned with Chinese characters, scenic paintings and idioms by two teams of nine and eight artists from China and Malaysia, respectively.

The scroll with artwork from the Chinese team was presented to Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng while China Consul-General to Penang Wu Jun received the other one from the Malaysian team.

Both scrolls were part of the “One Belt, One Road” initiative by China to foster friendship and cooperation between the countries along the ancient silk road.

The ancient silk road was named after Chinese silk became popular with these countries along the route which stretches from China through to India, Africa, Greece, Rome and Britain.

Thirty-seven artists from China began embarking on a journey to promote the arts and cultural showcase two years ago.

Since then, they have visited countries such as England, Sri Lanka, Tibet, Cambodia and Japan. Malaysia is their ninth stop.

Chinese Society of Ideological and Political Work vice-president Guan Jing Hui said they would continue touring different countries to enable the exchange of culture between countries.

“We are happy to be part of this exchange of artistic collaboration and we hope to share the beauty of Chinese calligraphy.

“Ever since China launched the ‘One Belt, One Road’ initiative, we hope to maintain positive ties with the world through cultural exchange,” he said at the showcase.

Sprouts Arts Station president Datuk Dr Kang Chin Seng said it was an honour for Penang to be chosen as the delegation’s stop in Malaysia for the showcase and cultural exchange.