China Arts and Entertainment Group Ltd. (CAEG) was founded in April 2004, and its two major subsidiaries China Performing Arts Agency (CPAA) and China International Exhibition Agency (CIEA) were established in 1957 and 1950, respectively.
As China’s only central state-owned cultural enterprise that has performance and exhibition business worldwide, CAEG has developed a nationwide market network of international performing arts, art exhibitions, and culture & tourism and theater operation, and set up branches in major cities in China and some European and American countries. It initially established an integrative operating system under the guidance of “Starting from China and going global” and is expanding its presence at home and abroad. CAEG was elected one of the “Top 30 China Cultural Enterprises” for eight consecutive years from 2009 to 2016.
As the largest importer of international performances and exhibitions in China and the world’s largest exporter of Chinese performances and exhibitions, CAEG stages on average over 4,000 different kinds of performances, exhibitions and other cultural activities in over 200 cities in dozens of countries and regions, attracting over 10 million attendees every year.
Based on 10 plus theaters that directly owned and managed by the CPAA Theaters, CAEG has initiated and organized a league of domestic theaters with 70 CPAA allied-theaters across 27 provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities, and the “Silk Road International League of Theatres” (SRILT) for countries involved in the Belt and Road Initiative. Founded in October 2016, the SRILT has now grown into an alliance of 104 large theaters and culture & art institutions around the world. Thirty-six of its members are from within China and 68 are from overseas; they serve as a platform for international cultural exchange and cooperation.
CAEG’s productions include several multimedia shows such as ERA-Intersection of Time, Shaolin Warriors, Immortal Chi, and China Goes Pop, the original opera production Marco Polo, and the Chinese version of world classic musicals Mamma Mia! and Cats, which cater to both domestic and overseas markets.
Equipped with international perspective and professional teams, CAEG plays a pivotal role in planning and delivering large-scale art festivals and state-level cultural events. Throughout the year, CAEG hosts many large festive events and major brand performances and exhibitions, including the ‘Meet in Beijing’ Arts Festival (held annually since 2000), the China International Chorus Festival (held biennially since 1992), the China International Youth Festival (held annually since 2008), the Asia Arts Festival (held biennially since 1998), the ‘Image China’ Performance Series, ‘Happy Chinese New Year’ festival, the Venice Biennale-China Pavilion, the China Art Industry Expo, the Silk Road (Dunhuang) International Cultural Expo (held annually since 2016), and the Culture Exhibition Area in the China International Import Expo.
In addition, CAEG has undertaken a series of significant cultural exchange activities in recent years, among them the 27th Southeast Asian Games technology aid program in Myanmar in 2013, the art performances at the welcome banquet of the 2014 Beijing APEC Summit, the China-Africa Culture Performance at the closing ceremony of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation & the Year of China in South Africa in 2015, the Two Great Civilizations: Dialogue at the opening of the 2016 China-Egypt Cultural Year in Luxor Temple, the China-Latin America and Caribbean 2016 Year of Culture Exchange, the 2017 BRICS Cultural Festival, and the theatrical performance at the welcome banquet of the 2018 Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation.