Folk arts boom­ing in Ti­bet

People's Review - - COMMENTARY -

LHASA, Feb. 26 (Xinhua) -- Folk arts are boom­ing in south­west China's Ti­bet Au­ton­o­mous Re­gion as the num­ber of county-level folk art groups rose by half over the past five years due to gov­ern­ment sup­port. Cur­rently, the re­gion has 74 county-level folk art troupes, com­pared with 51 in 2012, the re­gion's cul­tural au­thor­i­ties said Mon­day. The re­gion has 140-plus Ti­betan drama bands and nearly 2,500 ru­ral am­a­teur teams, with a to­tal of about 40,000 am­a­teur ac­tors and ac­tresses. The re­gional gov­ern­ment has sup­ported lo­cal folk arts de­vel­op­ment with pol­icy, free train­ing and in­vest­ment. County-level folk art troupes who or­ga­nize non-com­mer­cial shows re­ceive a gov­ern­ment sub­sidy of up to 300,000 yuan (47,300 U.S. dol­lars) each year. This year, Ti­bet will un­veil new meth­ods to im­prove the op­er­a­tion of folk art troupes and or­ga­nize tours of ex­cel­lent per­for­mances as well as a re­gional folk song com­pe­ti­tions, said a se­nior of­fi­cial with the Ti­bet re­gional cul­ture de­part­ment. By the end of last year, 87 towns in the re­gion had been named "home­towns of folk arts" at re­gional and na­tional lev­els.

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