Chinese entrepreneur and poet Huang Nubo has founded the China Iceland Cultural Fund with the purpose of strengthening cultural collaboration between Iceland and China. Special emphasis will be placed on literature, especially poetry.
From China. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.
According to Fréttabladid, Huang studied with Hjörleifur Sveinbjörnsson, an Icelandic translator of Chinese, at Peking University and was his roommate there in the 1970s.
The fund is intended to operate for ten years and a grant of USD 1 million (ISK 130 million, EUR) has been contributed to secure its operations, eyjan.is reports.
The fund’s first project will be a poetry convention in the Nordic House in Reykjavík in early October this year. Four Icelandic poets and five other Nordic poets have been invited to attend the convention, along with six Chinese and two Japanese poets.
Huang, who is the CEO of Zhongkun Group, serves as the fund’s chairman. Other board members are Kristín A. Árnadóttir, the Icelandic Ambassador in China, and Professor Xie Mian, the director of the Peking University’s center for poetry.
A task force in Iceland has also been appointed, which is chaired by Sveinbjörnsson.