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15 July 2015

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22nd Hunan (Nanshan) Folk Song Festival Opens

On July 8 evening, China Ethnic Song and Dance Ensemble dance troupe put on performances at the National Culture and Sports Center, Chengbu Miao Autonomous County. (Photo/Xu Xing, Hunan Daily)

On July 8, artists perform at the open ceremony. 
On July 8, dancers rehearse for the opening ceremony. 
On July 8, an artist waits to stage a performance. 
The 22nd Hunan (Nanshan) Folk Song Festival opened in Chengbu Miao Autonomous County on July 8, the sixth day of the sixth lunar month. The county is known as the “Hometown of Chinese Folk Songs”. Nearly 10,000 tourists from all over the country and local people gathered to celebrate the festival and enjoy a cultural feast. Luo Liming, deputy director of the State Ethnic Affairs Commission of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, announced the opening of the event.  
A cheerful dance raised the curtain of the festival gala. It followed by programs featuring the cultural characteristics of China's ethnic minorities, including “Happy Miao People”, “Songs and Dances”, and “Daban Girls”. Taiwan songs and dances like “Near the Sun” won applause from the audience, bringing the evening gala to a climax. The gala ended with a chorus of “My Motherland and Me” by tens of thousands of compatriots on both sides of the Taiwan Straits.
The Folk Song Festival is one of the four major festivals in Hunan. It was included in the fourth batch of national public cultural service system demonstration projects for “promoting public cultural construction via ethnic festivals”. 
This year the festival aims to comprehensively display the outstanding folk song culture in Chinese ethnic minority areas and promote the cultural and economic exchanges and common development of various ethnic groups on both sides of the Taiwan Straits.
It features six major activities, including:
-Hunan (Nanshan) Folk Song Festival Opening Ceremony Gala;
-National Minority Area Folk Song Online Competition;
-Nationwide Folk Song Event;
-Cross-Strait Economic and Trade Cooperation;
- A Painting and Calligraphy Exhibition; and; 
-Miao Folk Cultural Week.
With Chengbu County as the main venue, the offline celebrations will be held in its villages and online celebrations expanded to 30 autonomous prefectures and 120 autonomous counties nationwide.
This article is from Hunan Provincial Government.
Translator: Xiao Juan
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