China's creative industry is booming

By Zhang Wenyang and Zhang Ningrui
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Mr. John Howkins (R) in an interview with on May 30, 2014.

China's creative industry is booming. It is not only a way for people to exhibit new ideas and express themselves, but will also be a driving force for the economy. The 798 Art District is a case in point.

"The 798 Art District is an amazing place. It has long been a symbol of the upsurge of creativity both in Beijing and in China at large," says Mr. John Howkins during an interview with on May 30.

The art district is not only a place for China's artists to work but also to sell, thus give artists incentives to be more creative.

"There is a sound good work environment in China, especially in this district for the traditional genre and new contemporary work, as well as for reinterpreting the traditional style, like the use of ink painting. Contemporary artists use inks, sometimes inks and gun powder to express new form of art, I think that is wonderful," he said.

With the help of the sound environment, Chinese artists will not only tap into China's large domestic market, but also go global.

Talking about protecting the fruits of thought of artists, Mr. Howkins has faith in the market. "There are good copies and bad copies," he says. "The good copies are fine; the bad copies are a problem. But the market will turn towards beautiful, good, and original work, and they will drive out the bad work."

Looking into the future, he stresses China's rising role in the creative economy. Fifteen years ago, China's role is obscure, but now it is a strong player, according to Howkins. The increasing awareness of copyright, the development of the software industry and the internet of things, and the surging of Baidu, Alibaba, Tencent are all favorable for developing China's creative industry. The upsurge of China is also a cause for him to revise one of his best seller, the creative economy.

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