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Cantonese Opera to shine on Canadian stage

(eguangzhou.gov.cn)Updated : 2017-05-19

Guangzhou and Canada will continue to enhance economic, people-to-people exchanges and cultural ties as Guangzhou Culture Week 2017 takes place in Vancouver from May 24 to 31.

Sponsored by the Guangzhou municipal bureau of culture, radio, TV, film, press and publication and organized by the Guangzhou Cantonese Opera Theatre, the cultural gala is intended to promote global exposure of Cantonese Opera, which is a UNESCO listed Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

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The 2017 Guangzhou Culture Week event is scheduled to shine on the Vancouver stage on May 24-31. [Photo by Liang Siming/chinanews.cn]

The Guangzhou Red Bean Cantonese Opera Troupe, one of the most popular troupes of all time, will bring Vancouver audiences excerpts from their famous productions, including Snowstorm at the Mountain God Temple.

"Guangzhou and Vancouver have cherished a long-standing friendly relationship, and achieved rich cultural exchanges," said Lu Zhiqiang, director of the Guangzhou municipal bureau of culture, radio, TV, film, press and publication. "The upcoming activity will bond the two cities more closely."

Guangzhou and Vancouver established sister-city ties in March of 1985. Since then they have held a variety of activities to boost exchanges in culture, education and tourism.

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The Guangzhou Red Bean Cantonese Opera Troupe announced on May 18 that it will participate in the 2017 Guangzhou Culture Week event in Vancouver from May 24 to 31. [Photo by Lin Guiyan/ycwb.com]

According to the organizers, Plum Blossom Awards winners Ou Kaiming and Cui Yumei will perform several classic works as well as give a lecture following the weeklong activity in Vancouver, helping local opera-lovers better understand the Cantonese Opera, a traditional art form that involves music, singing, martial arts, acrobatics, and acting.

The troupe will also join hands with associations of overseas Chinese to give trainings and lectures on the opera's characteristics, types of plays, costumes and makeup.

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Vancouver Cantonese Opera artists perform at the "All Over the Map!" intercultural festival in Vancouver, Canada, July 8, 2012. [Photo/Xinhua]