On August 3rd, China Focus at 2018 Edinburgh Festival Fringe was launched. It is the second time for this exhibition of outstanding Chinese performing arts, a major program in Chinese Culture Go Globally strategy, to join the Fringe after making its successful debut last year. Mr. Pan Xinchun, Chinese Consul General in Edinburgh, Ms Zong Ming, Deputy Secretary General to Shanghai Municipal Government, Councillor Donald Wilson, Convener of the Culture and Communities Committee and the then Lord Provost of the City of Edinburgh attended the ceremony. The event was also joined by more than 100 people including representatives from cooperating agencies, culture communities in Scotland and artists.
Consul General Pan said that China and Scotland has concluded fruitful cooperation in such fields as culture and tourism under the framework of China-UK High-Level People to People Dialogue. China Focus initiative drives forward the globalization of cultural products with Chinese characteristics and promotes the common development of performing arts from two sides through mutual learning. He believed that China Focus will solidify popular support for further and all-round development in China-UK Golden Era relationship and China-Scotland friendship.
Councillor Wilson stressed that Edinburgh International Festival, the world's largest annual arts festival, climax in August which featured 1000 shows by 25000 performers everyday, attracting more than 4 million tourists and viewers all over the world. China Focus will bring performances from China to more people at the Festival. He looks forward to closer cooperation and exchanges in culture and arts between Edinburgh and Shanghai, UK and China.
Deputy Secretary General Zong said that Edinburgh enjoys cultural richness and various ways of festival celebration. Regular cultural interactions have been established between Shanghai and Edinburgh. The two sides have signed MOU and carried out fruitful pragmatic cooperation. She expected that China Focus could serve as a platform to extend cultural and creative industry cooperation between two sides. Ms Zong welcomed more art groups from UK to attend China Shanghai International Arts Festival (CSIAF).
Ms Yang Jing, Vice President of the Center for CSIAF, the organizer of China Focus, introduced the five selected operas to be staged between the 3rd to 27th this month. They are original drama A Life on the Silk Road, produced by National Theater of China (NTCC), The Creation Myths of China by Shanghai Huai Opera Troupe, postmodern dance Tu Tu by Houying Dance Theatre, Painted Skin Return by Goldsmiths, University of London and A Chinese Bestiary by Creative Me Children's Theatre. Based on classical myths, national history and literature works from outstanding traditional Chinese culture, these five operas adopt western theatrical techniques and theories as well. They will show Chinese temperament in diversified ways and present a cultural feast with eastern and western characteristics.