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Artistic Performances Reappeared in Xiangyang-Opening of the 8th Xiangyang Zhuge Liang Cultural Tourism Festival

Source:   Date:2017 - 11 - 23


The picture is the performance of Xiangyang City through the Ages    Photographed by Xiao Jin'an from Xinhuanet


From Xinhuanet Xiangyang, Hubei on November 16th (reporter Min Renzhi), on the evening of November 16th, the 8th Xiangyang Zhuge Liang Cultural Tourism Festival was kicked off in the city gym of Xiangyang, Hubei. The large-scale musical dancing performance with regional customs in the form of poem and painting Xiangyang City through the Ages was officially played on the opening ceremony.
By the towering ancient city walls of Xiangyang, the fairy Han River is lively and elegant. On the gigantic LED screen, the blue river water goes through the city, interacting between virtuality and reality and associating activity and inertia together with the actors on the stage, telling the story of Xiangyang through the ages… This visual feast presented by more than 130 local casts by means of stage arts was showing a set of beautiful Xiangyang picture scrolls adding the radiance of tradition and modernization and complementing humanity and nature to each other. 
Xiangyang City through the Ages falls into six chapters with the ancient city of Xiangyang as the carrier, vividly demonstrating the Han River, the Three Kingdoms, Tang poetry and Song paintings, Xiangyang Battle, Kongming Lantern, black salted turnip and yellow rice wine typical of the cultural deposits, legendary flavors and reputations in the history of Xiangyang by utilizing the colors of the four seasons and fluctuation of scenes. The performance focuses on showing the culture of the Han River, the Jing-Chu Culture, culture of the three Kingdoms, culture of the commercial ports, making a vigorous, magnificent yet inspiring scene and calling forth the audience's happy memories of this historic city of bloody heroes, displaying the elegant, unique and fiery expression by the Han River. 
The audience on the scene was intoxicated in the 80-min performance and the applause under the stage pushed the atmosphere on site to a new high time and time again. One of the spectators said, the brightest spot of this show lay in “Xiangyang Elements” such as Kongming Lantern, black, salted turnip, Xiangyang yellow rice wine, Xipi music style, Master Si patrolling on the street, creating an affectionate feeling. Via this show, Xiangyang-a city with prosperous culture, dignified history, simple folk custom was approaching us accompanied by singing and dancing.
As introduced by Hu Heping, member of the standing committee of Xiangyang municipal Party committee and Propaganda Minister, this festival differed from those previously in that the performance was not exhibited in the form of variety art show and external performers were not inviting to the opening ceremony, instead a list of plays and operas reflecting the regional cultural characteristics, customs and folk conditions in Xiangyang was presented with all respect.
Since 1993, Xiangyang has been holding seven Zhuge Liang Cultural Tourism Festivals. This time the festival will last till the 18th this month. Apart from the artistic performance on the opening ceremony, a series of activities such as the “Chinese Ming and Qing Rampart” Protection and Utilization Work Seminar, Chinese University Students Formula Motor Racing Event 2017, “Visit Xiangyang via Thousands of Travel Agencies”, invitational exhibition of Chinese well-known cities and masters of calligraphy and city folk literature and art exhibition and performance etc. are also launched.

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