COMEDIAN NAMED CULTURAL AMBASSADOR Guo Degang,
a leading crosstalk performer, was named the cultural ambassador of the National Museum of Australia (NMA) on March 29.
Crosstalk is a traditional performing art form presented as a dialogue between two performers and delivered in a rapid, bantering style.
Under the agreement, Guo will promote the NMA’s programs in China, the first of which will be a major exhibition of bark paintings on tour in China starting in July.
The NMA, based in the Australian capital city of Canberra, holds the world’s largest and richest collection of bark paintings.
Born in 1973 in the northern port city of Tianjin, Guo started learning crosstalk and various forms of traditional Chinese opera at an early age. He founded the crosstalk group Deyun Club in 1996, shooting to fame in recent years and contributing to the revival of the art form.
After rising to stardom, Guo began to take on other roles including TV show anchor, film director and star.