Chinese Calligraphy and Painting Challenge Calls for Entries Worldwide

The Chinese Bridge Chinese Proficiency Competition – Calligraphy and Painting Challenge 2022 is calling for applications from Chinese language lovers around the world.

The challenge provides a chance for Chinese language enthusiasts around the world to meet new friends, show off their artistic talents and deepen their understanding of traditional Chinese calligraphy and painting, organizers said.

The event is sponsored by the Center for Language Education and Cooperation, co-organized by Chinese Plus and China Daily Website, and supported by Chinese Testing International Co., Ltd. and the Chinese Bridge Club.

Timed with two major Chinese festivals, the Mid-Autumn Festival and the Spring Festival, the challenge will go through two phases over the course of half a year. Bidders can choose to participate in the calligraphy group, the painting group, or both. The event webpages include mini-courses on Chinese calligraphy and painting, which means even novices can take part in the challenge.

Official website: bridge.chinese.cn/shz/

[Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

HOW TO PARTICIPATE

Want to learn Chinese characters, study Chinese language, meet new friends and show off your artistic skills? Join this year’s Chinese Bridge Chinese Proficiency Contest – Calligraphy and Painting Challenge!

I. What are the submissions about?

The calligraphy and painting challenge has two categories, Mid-Autumn Festival and Spring Festival. Submissions for either or both are welcome.

II.When can I submit?

Phase 1, Mid-Autumn Festival: June 20 to noon on August 25 (Beijing time).

Phase Two, Spring Festival: June 20 to 12:00 on January 6 (Beijing time), 2023.

Late submissions will be rejected. (For original works sent by post, the time of submission will be determined by the postmark or the processing date of the delivery service. Submissions after the deadline will not be accepted.)

III.Who can submit?

All Chinese language enthusiasts around the world. No age limit. The bidder must be a non-Chinese speaker, with a non-Chinese nationality. Minor tenderers must obtain the consent of their guardians. Bidders must use their real names. Entrants who use false names to make repeat submissions will be disqualified.

IV.What we are looking for

1.Calligraphy

We accept soft pen calligraphy work. Writing styles are not limited.

We would like participants to write something related to the Mid-Autumn Festival in Traditional or Simplified Chinese. You can also write ancient or modern Chinese poems, but please use authoritative versions.

You can also write about the Spring Festival in Traditional or Simplified Chinese. You can write couplets, the Chinese character “fu” (meaning happiness or luck), Chinese New Year greetings, or ancient or modern poems as long as you use authoritative versions.

Content should be positive and express values ​​like truth, goodness and beauty. Please ensure the accuracy, consistency and completeness of your content. If citing, please credit the original author and note the name of the article.

Entrants must abide by laws and regulations to ensure that no copyright or reputational issues are infringed in your written content. Any problem arising from content or form is the sole responsibility of the entrant.

2. Painting

No restrictions on painting forms: Chinese paintings, oil paintings, watercolors, gouaches, sketches, acrylic paintings, prints, comics, computer paintings or others.

We recommend original paintings relating to “Mid-Autumn Festival” and “Spring Festival”. Content should be festive and positive, and express values ​​like truth, goodness and beauty.

Bidders should abide by laws and regulations to ensure that no copyright and reputation rights issues are infringed in your painting. Any issues arising from your painting are the sole responsibility of the author.

3. Calligraphy and painting vlogs

Participants can shoot videos to show the intention or meaning of texts, and share stories of their painting and calligraphy work.

Video length: less than 5 minutes
Video format: mainstream formats such as mp4, mov
Video resolution: 1920*1080 or more

Your submission will only be valid if submitted with your calligraphy or painting work.

V.How to participate

1.By email
Email [email protected]
Please send the following content via attachment or online download link

  • Clear scans of your calligraphy or painting work
  • Vlogging
  • Registration form for the calligraphy and painting challenge

2. Scan the following QR code to participate via WeChat

Contact: +86 15801002294

3. Mail your original works to the organizing committee

Participants can mail their material to the organizing committee.
①Your original calligraphy/painting works (which will not be returned)
②Vlog (via flash drive, CD-ROM, online download link, email or other methods)
③ A hard copy of your registration form
Mailing address: Chinese Plus, F18, Building B, Desheng International Center, No. 83, Dewai Street, Xicheng district, Beijing, China
Postcode: 100088

VI.What you can win

1. Mid-Autumn

Calligraphy Group:
5 Best Skill Awards, 5 Best Presentation Awards, 5 Most Creative Awards, 5 Most Potential Awards, 10 Popularity Awards (5 Online Popularity Awards, 5 Social Media Popularity Awards)

Painting group:
5 Best Skill Awards, 5 Best Presentation Awards, 5 Most Creative Awards, 5 Most Potential Awards, 10 Popularity Awards (5 Online Popularity Awards, 5 Social Media Popularity Awards)

2. Spring Festival

Calligraphy Group:
5 Best Skill Awards, 5 Best Presentation Awards, 5 Most Creative Awards, 5 Most Potential Awards, 10 Popularity Awards (5 Online Popularity Awards, 5 Social Media Popularity Awards)

Painting group:
5 Best Skill Awards, 5 Best Presentation Awards, 5 Most Creative Awards, 5 Most Potential Awards, 10 Popularity Awards (5 Online Popularity Awards, 5 Social Media Popularity Awards)

About popularity awards:

1. The top five artworks on the “Chinese Bridge” calligraphy and painting challenge event page will win the online popularity awards.

2. The top five most liked works on the following platforms will win the social media popularity awards.

Facebook: Post your work on your personal account with the hashtag #ChineseBridgeCalligraphyPaintingChallenge. Follow and tag @chinesebridge2002 (Chinese Bridge official page) and @chinacultureorg (Chinese culture).

Instagram: Post your work on your personal account with the hashtag #ChineseBridgeCalligraphyPaintingChallenge. Follow and tag @chinesebridge2002 and @china_culture.

Weibo: post your work on your personal account with the hashtag #汉语桥书画展#. Follow and tag @汉语桥, @中国日报网.

VII.How will the works be judged?

1. The Challenge Organizing Committee will formulate the judging rules, review process and regulations for the judges and the Oversight Committee. They will ensure transparency and fairness.
2. The judges will examine what is written and the correctness of the texts. For calligraphy works of comparable levels, those most relevant to both categories are preferred. Paintings will be reviewed based on color, structure, intent, creativity, and other parameters.
3. The revision work for the “Mid-Autumn Festival” category will start in early September, while the “Spring Festival” work will start after the Spring Festival holiday in early 2023.
4. All submissions must be completed independently. Please do not submit the same work multiple times or your submission will be disqualified. Submitted works will not be replaced or returned.
5. Entrants can submit works for both categories and be considered for different prizes.
6. All participants will receive certificates of honor issued by “Chinese Bridge”.
7. Digital certificates and prizes will be sent or mailed to winners within 90 business days of announcement of the list of winners.

VIII.Can beginners participate?

Sure! Start our online mini-course for beginners on the event page. Follow the instructions and you will be ready to participate!

HSK (Chinese Proficiency Test) exam takers can also find learning materials on our page, including “A Creative Calligraphy Course for HSK Basic Chinese Characters”. It combines classic quotes from ancient China with illustrations of various calligraphic styles, designated by their levels in the HSK exam. Zhou Bin, professor of calligraphy at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, gives the lectures.

IX.Submit and Enrich

For every 100 calligraphy and painting works we receive, we will donate 50 books.

“Chinese Bridge” and People’s Education Press will select books to donate to children’s centers or primary and secondary schools in Nepal to enrich the after-school life of Nepalese teenagers.

We look forward to your participation in this “Chinese Bridge” public welfare activity!

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