CO­ME­DIAN NAMED CUL­TURAL AM­BAS­SADOR Guo De­gang,

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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.

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