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More than two millennia ago, the diligent and courageous people in Eurasia opened up several routes of trade and cultural exchange that linked the principal civilizations in Asia, Europe and Africa. These routes are collectively called the Silk Road, including both the Land-based Silk Road and the Maritime Silk Road, by later generations. For thousands of years, countries along the Silk Road have enhanced communication and strengthened exchanges. They have contributed to promoting their mutual understanding and friendship and bringing prosperity to countries in the region. The spirit of the Silk Road "peace and cooperation, openness and inclusiveness, mutual learning and mutual benefit" has been passed down from generation to generation.

In the 21st century, a new era marked by the theme of peace, development, cooperation and mutual benefit, it is all the more important for us to carry on the Silk Road Spirit in face of complex global economic and regional situations. When Chinese President Xi Jinping visited Central Asia and Southeast Asia in September and October of 2013, he raised the initiative of jointly building the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st-Century Maritime Silk Road (hereinafter referred to as the Belt and Road), which has attracted close attention and received widespread response from all over the world.


Not only is the Silk Road economically crucial to countries along the Silk Road, it is also an important resource for cultural development. To strengthen cooperation among countries along the Silk Road is to promote comprehensive development and stability of the region.


To further improve cultural and artistic exchanges and cooperation among countries along the Silk Road, China Arts and Entertainment Group (CAEG), endorsed and supervised by the Ministry of Culture of China, proposes establishing the “Silk Road International League of Theatres” (SRILT). The building of the SRILT is a systematic project. We will persevere in the principle of “negotiate, cooperate, and share” and proactively coordinate strategies of cultural and artistic development of countries along the Silk Road. Our aim is to revitalize the ancient Silk Road, which will, in new ways, cement ties and bring to a new height mutually beneficial cooperation between influential cultural institutions across Asia, Europe, and Africa.


The SRILT is an open and inclusive organization. Cultural institutions of countries along the Silk Road are always welcome to participate. China Arts and Entertainment Group is more than willing to cooperate with the SRILT members in diversifying product types, planning the schedule for future development, and proactively coordinating our developing schemes with member units. The Silk Road is a channel of mutual respect and trust, a pathway for cooperation and common benefit, and a vehicle of mutual learning. As long as we work together to the same end, we can successfully complete the SRILT project and let people from countries along the Silk Road benefit from cultural development.


Approved by the Ministry of Culture of China, the SRILT was founded in October 2016. The League has now grown into an alliance of 86 member units from 2 international organizations and 32 countries and regions around the world. 29 members are from within China. The other 57 members are from 2 international organization and 31 countries and regions (including Hong Kong SAR and Taiwan, a province of China).


Members of Silk Road International League of Theatres(Overseas)
Areas Countries and regions Institutions
International organizations UNESCO UNESCO UNIMA Asia-Pacific Commission
EU Europe-China One Belt One Road Culture & Tourism Development Committee 
China Arts Festival in the EU
Western Europe France l'Association des Scènes Nationales
UK Southbank Centre
Spain El Teatro Real
Malta Mediterranean Conference Centre
Eastern Europe Hungary Mupa Budapest
Lithuania Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theater
Lithuanian National Drama Theater
Latvia China-Europe Culture & Sport Association
Liepaja Concert Hall “Great Amber”
Ukraine National Opera of Ukraine
    The Odessa National Academic Opera and Ballet Theater
Lviv Theater of Opera and Ballet 
"Kyiv-Classic" Art-Center
National Philharmonic of Ukraine
Russia         St. Petersburg State Academic Capella Concert hall            
Andreyev State Academic Russian Orchestra
Gzhel Moscow State Academic Theater of Dance
MDM Theater) Stage Entertainment
Moscow Contemporary Theater
State Academic Theater Vakhtangov
Volkov Theater
Mayakovsky Theater  
(Luzhniki Palace Of Sports) Ice Musical Ltd
Moscow Broadway
Belarus The National Academic Janka Kupala Theater
   The National Academic Bolshoi Opera                  and Ballet Theater of the Republic of Belarus 
Romania The National Theater "Vasile Alecsandri" 
Masca Theater
Bulgaria "Ivan Vazov" National Theater of Bulgaria
Americas Brazil Dell'Arte Solucoes Culturais
US Arts Midwest
Colombia Teatro Libre
Asia Japan Matsuyama Ballet
Kyogeki Chushin
Thailand Thailand Cultural Centre
Mongolia       Mongolian State Academic Theater of Opera and Ballet
Mongolian State Philhormonic
Mongolian State Academic Theater of Drama
Nepal World Cultural Net (WCN)
Philippines Cultural Center of the Philippines (CPP) Cultural Exchange
Bangladesh Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy
Sri Lanka Nelum Pokuna Mahinda Rajapaksa Theater
Indonesia Ciputra Artpreneur
West Asia and north Africa Jordan Prince Al-Hussien Bin Abdullah II Cultural Center
Sudan The Sudanese National Theater
The Theater of the Friendship Hall
Lebanon the cultural cooperative association for youth in theater and cinema (SHAMS)
Caracalla Dance Theater
Morocco Beni Mellal Cultural House
Tunisia Maison de la Culture Ibn Rachiq
Zitouna Tunisie Theater
Algeria     Algerian National Theater 
Hong Kong and Macao Hong Kong SAR West Kowloon Cultural District
Africa Ethiopia Mulualem Cultural Center
To date, the SRILT consists of 86 member units from 32 countries and regions and two international organizations. Twenty-nine Chinese member units have joined with 57 overseas member units from 31 countries and regions (including the Hong Kong SAR) and two international organizations. 


Members of Silk Road International League of Theatres(China)
Cultural Instituitions China Arts and Entertainment Group Beijing
CPAA Theaters Beijing
Nanning Art Theater Limited Liability Company Nanning
Ordos Performing Arts Center Ordos
Liaoning Ballet of China Shenyang
China Oriental Performing Arts Group Co Ltd Beijing
Yinchuan Arts Theater Co Ltd Yinchuan
Sanya Sunbird Culture Co Ltd Sanya
International Drama Education Conference Beijing
Beijing Artists Management Co Ltd Beijing
Guangdong Performing arts Co Ltd Guangzhou
Chongqing Performance Co Ltd Chongqing
Xinjiang Arts Theater Urumqi
Theaters Guangzhou Opera House Guangzhou
Shanghai Daning Theater Shanghai
Beijing Tianqiao Performing Arts Center Beijing
Shandong Grand Theater Jinan
Gansu Grand Theater Lanzhou
Qinghai Grand Theater Xining
Xiamen Banlam Grand Theater Xiamen
Zhuhai Huafa-cpaa Grand Theater Zhuhai
Foshan Grand Theater Foshan
Dezhou Grand Theater Dezhou
Xiamen Cangjiang Theater Xiamen
Chongqing Guotai Arts Center Chongqing
Shaoxing Grand Theater Shaoxing
Quanzhou Theater Quanzhou
Liuzhou Arts Theater Liuzhou
Ningxia Grand Theater Yinchuan
The 29 Chinese member units of the SRILT consist of 16 theaters and 13 cultural institutions from 17 provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions.

The official website of the SRILT is http://www.srilt.org/.