Silk Road dances kick off Belt and Road Hall

Date: 2017-May-12Writer:

Zhang Qian


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A 20-MINUTE performance integrating multiple cultural elements from countries and regions along the Belt & Road attracted many visitors attending the 13th China (Shenzhen) International Cultural Industries Fair (ICIF) on Thursday morning.

Titled “New Silk Road,” the dances were performed by dancers from six countries. The show was performed to open the Belt & Road (International) Hall of this year’s ICIF at Hall 7 of the Shenzhen Convention and Exhibition Center.

Like its name, the performance featured rich artistic elements including traditional costumes, dances and music from Belt and Road countries. It incorporated an array of multimedia effects to showcase traditional arts from these countries and regions.

The show started with LED screens projecting images of Chang’an, the ancient name of the current Chinese city of Xi’an, capital of Northwest China’s Shaanxi Province, implying that the ancient Silk Road began there.

The dancers dressed up in different colorful costumes from various cultures to represent the cultures of those areas. Eight of the dancers were national-level performers, making up a quarter of the whole performance troupe.

There were two shows Thursday morning with the first watched by leaders from central, provincial and municipal governments who announced the opening of the ICIF. The second show was performed for professionals along with over 100 overseas Chinese representatives from more than 30 countries as well as around 30 foreign guests from 16 sister and friendship cities of Shenzhen.

The theme of cooperation under the Belt and Road Initiative is one of the highlights of this year’s ICIF as the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation will take place in Beijing from Sunday to Monday while the ICIF is still going on.

The ICIF has attracted 117 overseas exhibitors from 40 countries and regions, and the international exhibiting area makes up 20 percent of the total fair this year, the greatest proportion since the fair began 13 years ago. The fair organizers invited 20,000 overseas buyers from nearly 100 countries and regions to attend, exhibit and purchase during the fair.

Editor:Jane Chen