Cul­tural Ac­tiv­i­ties in the Au­tumn

Beijing (English) - - EDITOR’S NOTE -

Bei­jing hosted a se­ries of cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties in Oc­to­ber. There has been a colour­ful, au­tum­nal at­mos­phere. Bei­jing Oc­to­ber Lit­er­a­ture Fes­ti­val has been held for three con­sec­u­tive years. It has be­come an an­nual, cul­tural fo­cus. This year, or­gan­is­ers have pre­pared about 100 events in six sec­tions. In the “Lit­er­a­ture Tour in Bei­jing,” au­thor Ye Guangqin went with some of her read­ers to the Sum­mer Palace. She talked about her in­dis­sol­u­ble bond with the city and the his­tor­i­cal vi­cis­si­tudes the im­pe­rial gar­den has ex­pe­ri­enced. In a dis­cus­sion themed on “Bei­jing, a City Worth Walk­ing Close To,” writ­ers and schol­ars, in­clud­ing Ning Ken, Zhu Yong, Chen Xixi and Wang Bing­bing, in­ter­preted the cul­tural char­ac­ter­is­tics of Bei­jing from the per­spec­tives of ar­chi­tec­ture, his­tory and cul­ture.

The fes­ti­val is also part of the “Ad­mir­ing Bei­jing in Au­tumn” event se­ries, which is or­gan­ised by the Bei­jing Read­ing Fes­ti­val or­gan­is­ers, to cel­e­brate the 40th an­niver­sary of re­form and open­ing-up in China. The Oc­to­ber Kids Lit­er­a­ture and Art Ex­pe­ri­ence Pub­lic Day in Haid­ian Park is an in­clu­sive, in­no­va­tive and en­ter­tain­ing lit­er­ary event for young­sters. Lit­er­ary and dra­matic per­for­mances, an il­lus­tra­tions ex­hi­bi­tion, par­ent-child draw­ing ac­tiv­i­ties, minia­ture pup­pet shows and lit­er­ary im­prove­ment train­ing are avail­able. The goal of the ac­tiv­i­ties is to stim­u­late young­sters' in­ter­est in lit­er­a­ture, en­hance their lit­er­ary and artis­tic lev­els and en­able them to feel the charm of lit­er­a­ture. The Bei­jing Oc­to­ber Lit­er­a­ture Fes­ti­val lasts for all of the month of Oc­to­ber. It has set off an­other lit­er­ary craze in the city.

The 21st Bei­jing Mu­sic Fes­ti­val is also en­joy­able. This year's fes­ti­val was themed on “Mu­sic Re­flect­ing Con­tem­po­rary Chi­nese and Western Voices.” It fea­tured 21 won­der­ful per­for­mances for the pub­lic over a three-week pe­riod, in­clud­ing ten per­for­mances of five opera pieces en­com­pass­ing fully-staged, semi-staged and im­mer­sive the­atre; mu­sic the­atre pro­duc­tions; six sym­phonic con­certs; a cham­ber-mu­sic con­cert; three other shows; and one cine- con­cert. Thir­teen non-profit events were also held, in­clud­ing chil­dren's char­ity con­certs, mas­ter classes, work­shops and opera lec­tures. Since this year's fes­ti­val co­in­cides with the 40th an­niver­sary of China's re­form and open­ing up, in­no­va­tive set­tings and plan­ning were em­ployed to com­mem­o­rate this an­niver­sary. The fes­ti­val is the ear­li­est clas­si­cal mu­sic fes­ti­val to fo­cus on Chi­nese con­cepts and has sought to deepen ex­plo­rations of the con­cept this year. It is the first time in the his­tory of the mu­sic fes­ti­val that Chi­nese el­e­ments and Chi­nese back­ground were cho­sen as the core theme. Farewell My Con­cu­bine and The Or­phan of Zhao have dis­tinc­tive Chi­nese el­e­ments and were per­formed this year. They fea­ture un­con­ven­tional artis­tic ex­pres­sions and pro­found Chi­nese cul­tural im­pli­ca­tions. The per­for­mances are con­sid­ered mod­els of com­bin­ing Chi­nese cul­ture with Western aes­thet­ics and caused a great sen­sa­tion among the au­di­ence.

Chi­nese cul­ture can be shared with the whole world. The 2018 Bei­jing In­ter­na­tional Bal­let Com­pe­ti­tion for Dance Schools and Dance Fes­ti­val amazed young dancers, bal­let mas­ters and dance ed­u­ca­tion ex­perts from 38 coun­tries and re­gions with its Chi­nese-style open­ing cer­e­mony. The clas­si­cal dance drama But­ter­fly Lovers and the tra­di­tional mu­sic and dance show Chen Xiang were in­cluded in the cer­e­mony and demon­strated the rich, pro­found and lon­glast­ing dance her­itage of China.

Other cul­tural events held in Oc­to­ber in­clude Photo Bei­jing 2018; “Smart Palace Mu­seum,” which launched along with the re­lease of the first func­tional, the­matic game cov­er­ing this sub­ject and the first an­cient-paint­ing-themed mu­sic al­bum; and the Na­tional Art Mu­seum of China In­ter­na­tional Ex­hi­bi­tion Ex­change Se­ries: Land­scape of the Mind: Mas­ter­pieces from Tate Britain (1700–1980), a top art ex­hi­bi­tion held for the first time in China. A large num­ber of cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties, daz­zling per­for­mances and ex­hi­bi­tions have en­abled peo­ple to truly ap­pre­ci­ate the cul­tural at­mos­phere of Bei­jing, ex­pe­ri­ence its end­less cre­ativ­ity and en­joy its splen­dour.

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