China International Youth Arts Festival debuts in Tianjin
A performance at the opening concert of the 11th China International Youth Arts Festival and 2018 the Belt and Road Tianjin Art Season at Tianjin Grand Theatre on Aug 12. [Photo/ chinaculture.org]
A spectacular concert themed on the Silk Road was held at the Tianjin Grand Theater on Aug 12, the opening day of the 11th China International Youth Arts Festival.
During the concert, one of the most acclaimed Chinese conductors, Tang Muhai, offered musical delights with the Symphony Orchestra of the Silk Road International League of Theatres.
Works of composers from Russia, Romania, Finland and China, such as Alexander Borodin’s In the Steppes of Central Asia, Geroges Enesso’s Romanian Rhapsody No 1, Jean Sibelius’s Valse Triste and Liu Yuan’s orchestral work Train Toccata, were performed.
Artists from the “ISING”, an art troupe consisting of young vocalists from all over the world, performed classical works such as I love you, China.
A performance by iSING! in the opening concert of the 11th China International Youth Arts Festival and 2018 the Belt and Road Tianjin Art Season at Tianjin Grand Theatre on Aug 12. [Photo/ chinaculture.org]
The festival, supported by the China International Culture Association and organized by the China Arts and Entertainment Group (CAEG) and the Tianjin Municipal Administration of Culture, Radio, Film and Television, will attract about 250,000 spectators and offer 232 shows from 26 countries and regions in Tianjin and 17 other Chinese cities like Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Xi’an.
Apart from concerts, dances, chamber music, operas, and musicals, various artistic activities including Chinese crosstalk, exhibitions, forums as well as art education and training will also be highlights of the festival.
Chen Chunmei, deputy Party chief of the CAEG said this year’s festival will further center on the youth group and promote the exchange between Chinese and overseas artists.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the festival which has attracted tens of thousands of young people from China and abroad since its debut.
The China International Youth Arts Festival chose Tianjin as the main venue for this year’s event, which will help facilitate the cultural exchange and development of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region as this year also marks the 40th anniversary of China’s reform and opening-up.
The Silk Road International League of Theatres is an international platform specializing in performance arts initiated by CPAA Theaters and a cultural exchange program supported by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.
Aiming to build itself into a major platform for cultural exchanges, the league pledges to provide more opportunities and boost cooperation and trade with countries all over the world.
At present, the league has 87 members from 33 countries and regions and two international organizations.
In 2018, the league signed a strategic cooperation agreement with the Tianjin Symphony Orchestra to launch a symphony orchestra, with Tang Muhai serving as its artistic director.