Month: May 2021

pagode – video challenge showreel

PAGODE – Europeana China is making an impact on education, being included in a students project for the Master in Cultural Studies at KU Leuven. The organizing students of this “PAGODE group” are Gelan Cen, Lilia Chalakova, Shau Zou Fong, Jing Yun and Emily Jayne Benson-Kallman.

The students’ project included a video competition, where participants were expected to select one, several or a series of pictures from the Scenes and People from China campaign in the PAGODE crowdsourcing page and explain the reasons for their choices by recording a nice video to be shared on social media. The videos were be evaluated by an independent jury basing on a detailed evaluation system, to award the nicest one.

We are happy to present the best videos from the competition!

first prize: sudan chen

second prize: Cynthia

second prize: Chloe Lam

Third prize: xue’er Huang

Third prize: jade zhang

third prize: wayne

image on top: The solitary stillness of the mountains and ravines, c. 1980, CC-BY Qian Songyan, Östasiatiska museet via Europeana

PAGODE – Europeana China is co-financed by the Connecting Europe Facility Programme of the European Union, under GA n. INEA/CEF/ICT/A2019/1931839

digitization and curation of missionary collections in europe

PAGODE – Europeana China is proud to open the online symposium about missionary activities and East Asian collections in Europe, organized by the Science and Research Centre Koper; the Department of Asian Studies, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana and the Regional Museum of Celje.

PAGODE Roundtable discussion, 20th May 2021 h. 11.00 – 12.30 CEST


Moderated by Jonas van Mulder, KADOC Documentation and Research Centre on Religion, Culture and Society, KU Leuven, Belgium

With participation of
• Ismo Malinen, Chief Intendant of the Picture Collections, Finnish Heritage Agency (Finland) – view presentation
• Carine Dujardin, Head Public Services and Sharing Expertise at KADOC-KU Leuven (Belgium) – view presentation
• Nataša Vampelj Suhadolnik, Department of Asian Studies, University of Ljubljana (Slovenia) – view presentation
• Antonella Fresa, Promoter srl (Italy) and Sofie Taes, Digital Curator, Photoconsortium (Italy) and KU Leuven (Belgium) – view presentation

Zoom link:

Programme of the online symposium, 20 and 21 May 2021 PAGODE – Europeana China is co-financed by the Connecting Europe Facility Programme of the European Union, under GA n. INEA/CEF/ICT/A2019/1931839

chinoiseries: passion for asia in europe

Since the Antiquity, Europeans showed great interest in any goods that came from the Far East. Such interest became a real passion in the 17th to the 18th century, giving birth to an aesthetic style dubbed Chinoiserie. Because of the long journey that goods like silk, porcelain and lacquerwork took to Europe, they were generally very rare and expensive. Owning a blue and white Chinese vase was a sign of prestige and wealth. Only rich bourgeois and nobility could buy them. European goldsmiths adorned Chinese porcelain with elaborate gold pieces and Dutch painters loved to represent Chinese vases in their nature-morte paintings.

European artists and craftsmen were enchanted by patterns of Chinese landscapes, birds, flowers and people, so that  castles and palaces had their own “Chinese room” with wallpaper depicting landscapes of China to adequately frame lavish collections of porcelain and lacquer furniture

Discover the Chinoiserie style as an great example of how art and techniques from different cultures can merge and mix, and enjoy a nice selection of images from Europeana in the blog authored by Julien Ménabréaz in Europeana website >>

image: Tea service and stand, c. 1725-1732, PD Rijksmuseum via Europeana

PAGODE – Europeana China is co-financed by the Connecting Europe Facility Programme of the European Union, under GA n. INEA/CEF/ICT/A2019/1931839

from peking to hankow: a belgian adventure in china

From 7 May to 10 October 2021, a nice temporary exhibition is on display at Train World – Schaerbeek train station in Brussels

This exhibition unvelis the little-known yet amazing story of the construction of China’s longest railway line, from Peking (Beijing) to Hankow (today Wuhan), connecting the North to the South, by Belgians in the early 20th century.

For seven years, several thousands of people laboured on this huge undertaking. This exploit was achieved by engineers, technicians and workmen, and also Western and Chinese diplomats and financiers. A young Belgian engineer, Jean Jadot, then aged only 37, coordinated and implemented this massive project.

Besides this historic adventure, the exhibition will also showcase the impressive development of China’s present-day high-speed railways.

Original works relating to the construction of the Peking-Hankow line and created by artists Li Kunwu (China) and François Schuiten (Belgium) add a contemporary artistic touch to the exhibition. Other works by Li Kunwu that draw inspiration from the Chinese railways will also be on display.

During the visit, the main players in the saga, embodied by talking figures, will tell some fascinating tales to go back in time and relive this epic moment.

More info:

image sourced from Train World Facebook page.

PAGODE – Europeana China is co-financed by the Connecting Europe Facility Programme of the European Union, under GA n. INEA/CEF/ICT/A2019/1931839

pagode second general assembly

The second general assembly of PAGODE project took place on 22 June 2021 in an online meeting, to review the progress of the project and to plan the project’s activities in the final period: PAGODE is in facts going to end on 30 September 2021.

The uncertainities of the covid -19 evolution forced the project team to review the tasks originally foreseen for the project’s conclusion. Due to safety reasons, physical meetings are in facts not advisable and this caused the need to consider alternative ways of engaging audiences and of transferring knowledge to colleagues and pros.

PAGODE’s end will therefore be celebrated with

  • PAGODE Digital Festival, a series of short online seminars to discover beautiful collections of Chinese heritage, in the period May – September (go to programme)
  • Final Conference, an online event on 23-24 September 2021 (go to programme)
  • PAGODE book, an exclusive and high-profile publication, to tell the stories of the project and to share beautiful images of cultural heritage content

During the General Assembly, more details were unveiled about these initiatives. Additionally the status of all the project’s activities was reviewed, with a particular attention to the development of the upcoming Europeana China virtual exhibition. The meeting was open to partners and associate partners, with a special invitation also forwarded to the HaDEA agency of European Commission. Hosted on Zoom by the University of Ljubljana, 22 June.

General Assembly – agenda

9,00 – 9,30          Online check-in

9,30 – 10,00       Reserved session only for the beneficiaries: activity 1 Project Management and finances (MISE & Promoter)

Morning session: 10,00 am – 12,00 pm CET

10,00 – 10,15     Welcome by the Coordinator

10,15 – 10,20     Approval of the agenda and introduction by the Technical Coordinator

10,20 – 11,00     The thematic space of Europeana China Feature Page (Photoconsortium and Europeana Foundation)

11,00 – 11,40     Activity 2 Annotation and ingestion to Europeana

  • summary by Valentina Bachi (Photoconsortium)
  • the annotation pilot, by Spyros Bekiaris (Photoconsortium)
  • ingestion to Europeana, by Eleftheria Tsoupra (Europeana Foundation)

11,40 – 12,00     Q&A and wrap-up of the morning session

Afternoon session: 2,00 pm – 4,00 pm CET

14,00 – 14,15     Activity 3 Digitisation (KIK-IRPA & United Archives)

14,15 – 14,30     Activity 4 Enrichment

14,30 – 15,30     Activity 5 Communication, dissemination, user engagement and sustainability

15,30 – 16,00     Discussion

16,00     Conclusions of the meeting

all images sourced from the meeting.

PAGODE – Europeana China is co-financed by the Connecting Europe Facility Programme of the European Union, under GA n. INEA/CEF/ICT/A2019/1931839