At the 7th ASEM Summit (ASEM7) held in October 2008 in Beijing, China, the initiative of an “ASEM Culture and Arts Festival” was warmly welcomed and endorsed by ASEM Partners and was written into the work programme 2009.

The Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television, the General Administration of Press and Publications (GAPP) of the People’s Republic of China and the People’s Government of Beijing Municipality China co-hosted the 1st ASEM Culture and Arts Festival from 2-8 September 2009 in Beijing, China.

China warmly welcomed artists, art troupes, scholars and government officers from ASEM partners to participate in the Festival.