VANCOUVER, November 30, 2016. Today, Poly Culture Group of Beijing, China, opened its gallery and launched its North American headquarters in Vancouver, B.C. HQ Vancouver extends congratulations to Poly Culture Group on the grand opening of its headquarters and Poly Art Gallery Vancouver.
Poly Culture Group operates the world’s largest theatre chain and the world’s third largest artwork auction house. Poly Culture Group plans to establish Vancouver as its base for expanding at least three lines of business into North America: art business and auctions; cinema investment and management; and performance and theatre management.
Poly Culture is marking the opening of its Gallery with an exhibition of precious treasures from its permanent collection in China. The exhibition includes four of the twelve bronze animal heads originally installed at the zodiac water clock at the Old Summer Palace in Beijing. Poly Culture Group is also celebrating its arrival in Vancouver by bringing the China Philharmonic Orchestra to Vancouver for a performance at the Chan Centre this evening. The exhibit and performance are intended to foster ongoing two-‐way cultural exchanges between Canada and China. Together, these exemplify the value-‐added cultural elements that head offices bring to their host city and community.
Poly Culture North America’s HQ and gallery opening marks the fulfilment, and the “full circle”, of the Memorandum of Understanding signed with HQ Vancouver a year ago, witnessed by B.C. Premier Christy Clark and Poly Group Chairman Xu NianSha in Beijing.
The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for Western Economic Diversification stated, “The Government of Canada is proud to support an initiative that strengthens our trade and investment opportunities in the Asia-‐Pacific region. The partnership between HQ Vancouver and Poly Culture Group is a perfect example of how strategic investments, local partnerships and an attractive business climate can promote cultural ties and economic growth across Western Canada.”
The Honourable Teresa Wat, Minister of International Trade and Responsible for Asia Pacific Strategy and Multiculturalism stated, “The opening of Poly Culture’s art gallery and North American headquarters in B.C. delivers on a memorandum of understanding that was signed during my and Premier Christy Clark’s trade mission to China in November 2015. Poly Culture’s art gallery, auctions, cinemas, and theatre performances will help contribute to the growth of B.C.’s arts and culture sector and will foster greater understanding of Chinese culture in British Columbia.”
HQ Vancouver President Yuen Pau Woo stated, “Poly Culture Group’s opening of its North American headquarters in Vancouver is a major endorsement of our city and province as a head office location. As a diverse, vibrant city, Vancouver is attractive to HQs across many sectors, including arts and culture.”