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5th Chinese Kunqu Festival Held in Suzhou

During the period from June 29th to July 1st, the fifth session of China Kunqu Art Festival and the fifth session of China Storytelling and Ballad Singing in Suzhou Dialect will be held in Suzhou city, the birth place of Kunqu. This festival is jointly held by the Ministry of Culture and Jiangsu Provincial Government. At that time, seven Kunqu art troupes and Chinese Opera College, Shanghai Opera College, Shandong Liuzi Opera Troupe and Zhejiang Opera Troupe will present 25 excellent Kunqu programs, including A Dream in Red Mansions, Jingyang Zhongbian and Qiao Xiaoqing as well as the traditional excellent dramas like Bai Yue Ting.

In addition, the performing artists from Japan, Hong Kong and Taiwan will also perform on the stage. During the performing period, the starting ceremony for the famous artists to recruit new learners will be also held. The total 11 aged and skilled artists will accept 22 new members in Kunqu field. A piece of news comes from some students who got internships in China that the sis session of Chinese Kunqu International Academic Seminar will be held during this festival.

The representative team of this Storytelling and Ballad Singing in Suzhou Dialect will focus on showing the outstanding traditional programs inherited from the past and the new created programs in recent years. In total, 28 performances will be presented in Guangyu of Suzhou city as well as the academic lecture hall o Suzhou Library.

What’s more, the fourth session of China Intangible Cultural Heritages Protection Suzhou Forum will be held from June 30th to July 2nd in Suzhou city. Some of the foreign students who are interested in Chinese culture when they are learning Chinese language may know that the theme of this forum is “intangible cultural heritages inheritors’ protection and the inheriting mechanism construction”. Therefore, the themes about the intangible cultural heritages inheriting mechanism construction, the responsibility and obligation of the representative inheritors as well as the collection, classification and filing of the inheritors’ information will be discussed.

Of course, much attention should also be attached to the recognition, protection and retirement mechanism of the inheritors as well as the standardization. All of those issues will be discussed in-depth. In modern times, the number of the inheritors for the intangible cultural heritages is decreasing. Therefore, the protection work of the intangible cultural heritages and the inheritors seem more important to carry out the outstanding culture in China.

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