Bev­erly Hills to Cel­e­brate Chi­nese Spring Fes­ti­val

Beijing (English) - - CONTENTS - Trans­lated by Zhou Fu­jing Edited by Mark Zuiderveld Pho­tos by Yang Xiao­jun

The Fourth “Happy Chi­nese New Year • Charm­ing Bei­jing, Tian­jin and He­bei” event to cel­e­brate the Year of Dog Spring Fes­ti­val is sched­uled to be held in Bev­erly Hills, Los An­ge­les, Cal­i­for­nia on Fe­bru­ary 10 and 11, 2018.

The Fourth “Happy Chi­nese New Year • Charm­ing Bei­jing, Tian­jin and He­bei” event to cel­e­brate the Year of Dog Spring Fes­ti­val is sched­uled to be held in Bev­erly Hills, Los An­ge­les on Fe­bru­ary 10 and 11, 2018. The cel­e­bra­tion will bring to­gether cul­tural lega­cies and re­sources from Bei­jing, Tian­jin and He­bei Province for the first time, in­clud­ing va­ri­eties of art forms: Pek­ing Opera and dances from Bei­jing, mar­tial arts and folk mu­sic from Tian­jin, and ac­ro­bat­ics from He­bei. The event held around the time of the Chi­nese Lu­nar New Year builds Chi­nese cul­ture’s in­flu­ence over­seas, send­ing its warmth to over­seas Chi­nese in Bev­erly Hills for a spe­cial oc­ca­sion. It will be co-spon­sored by Bev­erly Hills Con­fer­ence & Visi­tors Bu­reau, China In­ter­na­tional Cul­ture As­so­ci­a­tion, Bei­jing As­so­ci­a­tion for Cul­tural Ex­changes, Tian­jin As­so­ci­a­tion for Cul­tural Ex­changes, and the As­so­ci­a­tion for Cul­tural Ex­changes of He­bei Province.

Chi­nese Lu­nar New Year Cul­ture

Bev­erly Hills is the birth­place of Hol­ly­wood movies and a world- fa­mous tourist and cul­tural city. With the in­creas­ing ex­change be­tween the Chi­nese and Amer­i­cans, de­mand for Chi­nese cul­ture is steadily grow­ing. A cel­e­bra­tion of the Chi­nese Lu­nar New Year has been held in Bev­erly Hills for sev­eral years, pop­u­lar with lo­cal res­i­dents.

Julie Wag­ner, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Bev­erly Hills Con­fer­ence & Visi­tors Bu­reau, in­tro­duced, “Bev­erly Hills co­op­er­ated with China In­ter­na­tional Cul­ture As­so­ci­a­tion and Bei­jing As­so­ci­a­tion for Cul­tural Ex­changes to hold the grand cel­e­bra­tions of Chi­nese Lu­nar New Year since 2015. The cel­e­bra­tion has been pop­u­lar in the city and is in­flu­en­tial in south­ern Cal­i­for­nia, spread­ing knowl­edge and ed­u­ca­tion on Bei­jing’s cul­ture and strength­en­ing friend­ship be­tween the two cities. The Gov­ern­ment of Bev­erly Hills at­taches high im­por­tance to the event and looks for­ward to Chi­nese artists who bring cul­ture and art to lo­cals at the up­com­ing cel­e­bra­tion.”

Bring­ing to­gether Artists from Three Places

The 2018 cel­e­bra­tion will en­able au­di­ences to see cul­tural re­sources from Bei­jing, Tian­jin, and He­bei and will present won­der­ful per­for­mances and in­tan­gi­ble cul­tural her­itage dis­play. A gala or­gan­ised by Tangy­ing Cul­ture, con­tains Pek­ing Opera, dance, mar­tial arts, and ac­ro­bat­ics, dis­play­ing a fes­tive at­mos­phere. It is the first time the cel­e­bra­tion is com­posed of del­e­ga­tions from the three re­gions, each dis­play­ing their own cul­ture.

Pek­ing Opera, the quin­tes­sence of Chi­nese cul­ture, is a com­pre­hen­sive art in­te­grat­ing sing­ing, di­a­logue, pan­tomime, ac­ro­bat­ics and mar­tial arts. It is well-known and en­joys high pop­u­lar­ity world­wide. Huo Yuan­jia (1868–1910) was a pa­tri­otic mar­tial artist born in Xiao­nanhe Vil­lage, Jingwu Town, Tian­jin Mu­nic­i­pal­ity. His Chin Woo mar­tial arts is do­mes­ti­cally well-known. With ac­ro­bat­ics in He­bei Province hav­ing solid ba­sis, they are sure to bring a big dif­fer­ence to lo­cal visi­tors.

The event not only has per­for­mances, but dis­plays in­tan­gi­ble cul­tural her­itage. Dur­ing the cel­e­bra­tion, be­sides the show of Yan­gli­uqing New Year Paint­ings from Tian­jin and pa­per cut­tings from Yux­ian County, He­bei Province, artists spe­cialised in ar­rang­ing flow­ers, guqin (a seven-stringed mu­si­cal in­stru­ment), and in­cense cer­e­mony will demon­strate craft­ing skills on site. The event di­rec­tor said, “I hope the event can show a cul­tur­ally and eco­nom­i­cally pros­per­ous Bei­jing-tian­jin-he­bei re­gion to the world.”

As­sist­ing in Cul­tural Ex­change

Based on pre­vi­ous ex­pe­ri­ence, the “Happy Chi­nese New Year” cel­e­bra­tion has ex­panded. The in­tan­gi­ble cul­tural her­itage, the “Charm­ing Bei­jing” gala, and other ac­tiv­i­ties dis­play Bei­jing’s cul­ture and of­fer op­por­tu­ni­ties for Chi­nese artists and Bev­erly Hill res­i­dents to share Chi­nese Lu­nar New Year cus­toms to­gether.

Par­tic­i­pa­tion of del­e­ga­tions from Tian­jin and He­bei has en­riched the cel­e­bra­tion’s pro­gramme and has shown out­comes in the co­or­di­nated de­vel­op­ment of the three ar­eas. As one of­fi­cial from the Tian­jin As­so­ci­a­tion for Cul­tural Ex­changes in­tro­duced, “Bei­jing, Tian­jin and He­bei boast pro­found cul­tures. Their joint par­tic­i­pa­tion will pro­mote cul­tural ex­changes among the three ar­eas and help out­siders bet­ter come to know and ap­pre­ci­ate the Bei­jing-tian­jin-he­bei re­gion.” Zhang Zhongqi, coun­cil mem­ber of the As­so­ci­a­tion for Cul­tural Ex­changes of He­bei Province, said, “Be­fore the event, He­bei has been ac­tive in par­tic­i­pat­ing in var­i­ous cul­tural ex­changes. Join­ing in the cel­e­bra­tion with Bei­jing and Tian­jin and dis­play­ing over­seas cul­ture is an im­por­tant op­por­tu­nity for us.”

Julie Wag­ner said, “In re­cent years, we would come to China to pro­mote our busi­ness and saw many folk cus­toms and arts. How­ever, many Amer­i­cans haven’t seen them. We hope to bring th­ese per­for­mances back to the States and of­fer Amer­i­cans an op­por­tu­nity to ap­pre­ci­ate them.” Since the cel­e­bra­tion was held in Bev­erly Hills in 2015, tick­ets were pop­u­lar and sold out in 48 hours. “At ev­ery con­clu­sion of the cel­e­bra­tion, peo­ple al­ways ask when it will be held again.”

With the ef­forts from all sec­tors, the scale and in­flu­ence of the “Happy Chi­nese New Year” event has been ex­panded, and its qual­ity and rep­u­ta­tion has been en­hanced. It has made “Spring Fes­ti­val,” the most im­por­tant tra­di­tional Chi­nese fes­ti­val, a world­wide cel­e­bra­tion and has played a ma­jor role in help­ing peo­ple over­seas to know more about Chi­nese cul­ture and strength­en­ing bonds of friend­ship. The event will be recog­nised in the world.

The Charm­ing Bei­jing Va­ri­ety Show in 2017

Res­i­dents in Bev­erly Hills tak­ing pho­tos with the Chi­nese char­ac­ter “Fu (for­tune)” for the Year of Rooster Spring Fes­ti­val in 2017

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