Ku­lang­su, the Is­land of Mu­sic, in­scribed as UN­ESCO World Her­itage Site (音乐之岛−−鼓浪屿,世界文化遗址)

At the 41st ses­sion of the UN­ESCO World Her­itage Com­mit­tee in Poland on Ju­ly 8 2017, Ku­lang­su, a his­toric in­ter­na­tion­al com­mu­ni­ty, was of­fi­cial­ly list­ed as a World Her­itage Site, cast­ing a glob­al spot­light on this tiny is­land in the East.

Let the world ar­chi­tec­ture speak for it­self, and let the notes of mu­sic dance. These are not just ideals; they are episodes of his­to­ry, and more sig­nif­i­cant­ly, they are re­al­i­ties.

Ku­lang­su, a tiny is­land of mere­ly 1.88 square kilo­me­ters, is a stun­ning gem on China’s south­east coast. The is­land is the draw card and cul­tur­al icon of Xi­a­men. This ex­ot­ic is­land, off the coast of Xi­a­men with Kin­men loom­ing in the dis­tance, has ex­er­cised a unique hold on the imag­i­na­tion of the out­side world, earn­ing a string of nick­names that in­clude “The Gar­den on the Sea”, “The World Ex­po of Ar­chi­tec­ture”, “The Is­land of Mu­sic”, and “The Cap­i­tal of Mu­sic”. Yet, once you de­scend on the is­land, you will find that no words can ful­ly cap­ture the unique charm of this mag­i­cal is­land.

Over the past cen­tu­ry, this tiny is­land has pro­duced nu­mer­ous world-renowned fig­ures – Lin Yu­tang, Lu Zhuangzhang, Ma Yue­han, Lin Qiaozhi, Zhou Shu’an, Li Jialu, Yin Cheng­zong, Xu Feip­ing, Hu Youyi, Shu Ting… Gen­er­a­tion af­ter gen­er­a­tion of mu­si­cians, ed­u­ca­tors, writ­ers, doc­tors and col­lec­tors from Ku­lang­su have left a mark on the world.

What is the most bril­liant part of Kulangsu’s cul­ture? It’s mu­sic.

Strolling around the is­land, you will be mes­mer­ized by the mel­liflu­ous mu­sic of the pi­ano, vi­o­lin and gui­tar and singing of the Trin­i­ty Church choir waft­ing through the air. In­ter­na­tion­al mu­si­cal events, such as the Ku­lang­su Pi­ano Fes­ti­val and the Ku­lang­su Four-Sea­son Mu­sic Week, com­bined with “fam­i­ly con­certs”, “court­yard con­certs” and “mu­sic sa­lons”, make the state-of-the-art Ku­lang­su Con­cert Hall the hub of China’s mu­si­cal art and the mec­ca of Xiamen’s cul­ture and art.

To cel­e­brate the list­ing of Ku­lang­su as a World Her­itage Site and to show­case the island’s rich cul­tur­al her­itage, we are host­ing the Ku­lang­su Mu­sic Fes­ti­val 2017 for the en­joy­ment of the pub­lic. The fes­ti­val will bring to­geth­er a large num­ber of cel­e­brat­ed mu­si­cians and is set to be a mu­si­cal ex­trav­a­gan­za for the pub­lic. Vis­i­tors will en­joy a wide ar­ray of per­for­mances by world-renowned artists, as well as aca­d­e­m­ic lec­tures, mas­ter class­es and many oth­er mu­si­cal events. Tap­ping in­to the pro­found her­itage and pres­ti­gious rep­u­ta­tion of Ku­lang­su as the “Is­land of Mu­sic”, the mu­sic fes­ti­val is bound to be­come the icon­ic event in the mu­si­cal scene on the is­land.

The pub­lic na­ture, uni­ver­sal­i­ty and con­scious­ness of Kulangsu’s mu­si­cal cul­ture have been rec­og­nized by ex­perts around the world as well as lo­cal res­i­dents. To­day on Ku­lang­su, the mu­si­cal cul­ture and the stun­ning nat­ur­al beau­ty form an in­te­grat­ed whole, turn­ing the is­land in­to a pop­u­lar tourist des­ti­na­tion and a sanc­tu­ary from the hus­tle and bus­tle of the city. The mu­si­cal cul­ture on the is­land will con­tin­ue to pros­per and flour­ish.

2017年7月8日,在波兰举行的第41届世界遗产大会上,“鼓浪屿-历史国际社区“正式列入世界文化遗产,鼓浪屿这个东方小岛再次令世人瞩目。

让万国建筑说话、让音乐符号游走,这不是神话,这是一段历史,更是今天的事实。

鼓浪屿,一座面积仅1.88平方公里的小岛,中国东南沿海上的一颗明珠,厦门的城市名片、文化符号。它孤悬于海,背依厦门、遥望金门。长期以来,人们曾用尽溢美之词来抒发对鼓浪屿的热爱与畅想:“海上花园”、“万国别墅”、“钢琴之岛”、“音乐之乡”……然而,只有亲临这座如诗如幻、柔婉芳馨的小岛,您才会发现无论如何描绘,也不足以敞露鼓浪屿深藏的全部内涵。

近百年来,这座弹丸小岛诞生了众多各个领域蜚声中外的大家:林语堂、卢戆章、马约翰、林巧稚、周淑安、李嘉禄、殷承宗、许斐平、胡友义、舒婷……;一代又一代的音乐家、教育家、文学家、医学家、收藏家从鼓浪屿走向世界。

鼓浪屿文化中最绚丽的风景线是什么?首先是音乐!

今天,您信步于鼓浪屿街区,悦耳的钢琴声、悠扬的提琴声、欢快的吉它声或三一堂唱诗班美妙的合唱声会不时地随风走来;鼓浪屿钢琴节、鼓浪屿四季音乐周等世界高水平的音乐会与“家庭音乐会”、“庭院音乐会”、“音乐文化沙龙”等交相奏响,让音响效果在国内首屈一指的鼓浪屿音乐厅成为了音乐艺术的殿堂、厦门文化艺术的标杆和圣地!

为庆祝鼓浪屿成功列入世界文化遗产,同时也为了更好地丰富和整合鼓浪屿的音乐文化资源,我们决定举办2017鼓浪屿音乐节。2017鼓浪屿音乐节秉持公益与民享的理念。2017鼓浪屿音乐节是名家荟萃的殿堂,也是全民公益的大舞台。大众不仅有机会欣赏世界顶级音乐家的演出,还可参与学术讲座、大师班等各项音乐文化活动。2017鼓浪屿音乐节将充分挖掘“音乐之岛”的潜在价值,将名岛、名曲、名家、名琴组合交融,使之成为鼓浪屿音乐艺术的又一盛典。

今天的鼓浪屿,音乐文化的公益性、普世性、自觉性得到了国内外专家及市民的首肯。今天的鼓浪屿,音乐文化与旅游经济得到了有机结合,同时也培育了旅游经济市场和鼓浪屿人健康祥和的人格心态。今天的鼓浪屿,音乐文化更加欣欣向荣,蓬勃发展。