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Theater festival stages a comeback

Updated: 2021-11-26 08:35 ( China Daily )
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Performers parade the streets during the festival's opening day.[Photo provided to China Daily]

"To see the works live is different from watching on TV," Huang says. "Drama is meant for theater. For the festival, the young artists adapted and extended their works, and we were truly awestruck seeing them live.

"The recordings can show us the moving aspects of the works, but they cannot match the awe of seeing the actors perform in front of you. What's important is that the show can introduce more people to theater."

Apart from the new works, the section also featured Ago, a six-hour play written and directed by Lai, and starring celebrity performers Hao Lei and Zhang Jie.

Meng Jinghui, co-founder and artistic director of the festival, says that the plays can be categorized into three types: works by young directors that offer a sense of vitality; professional and classic works; and the "bizarre" ones that emphasize innovation. His own adaptation of the literary classic Le Rouge et le Noir was the opening play of this year's festival.

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The news conference of the 2022 China International Travel Mart, Kunming, Yunnan province. [Photo/Chinaculture.org]

The 2022 China International Travel Mart was launched in Kunming, Yunnan province today. The three-day event opened at the Kunming Dianchi Lake International Convention and Exhibition Centre, with a theme focusing on smart innovation and high-quality tourism industry aspects.

The news conference was held in the city on Thursday. Zhang Xilong, first class inspector of the Bureau of the International Communication and Cooperation of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of China and Lou Kewei, deputy-director of the Department of Culture and Tourism of Yunnan province presented the meeting along with academy and entrepreneur representatives.

The conference introduced the preparations and relevant activities of the mart, such as a forum on smart tourism and innovation, a symposium on international travel communication and cooperation in the framework of Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) and a workshop on the China-Laos railway’s contribution to building an Asian community with a shared future.

According to the news meeting, the 2022 travel mart covers about 80,000 square meters, with about 4,200 standard booths. 71 countries and regions attended the event both online and offline, and 31 domestic provinces, cities and autonomous regions and 261 independent exhibition teams.

Online services will be provided to the overseas buyers and sellers in the light of time zones. They could also have a face-to-face negotiation at the mart as well.

The mart also has diverse displays to show culture and tourism, physical education and tourism, as well as overseas tourism and museums.

The National Cultural Heritage Administration, the Palace Museum and museums from other provinces will attend the travel mart.

At the event, Yunnan province will have 2,000 standard booths in four separate sections; each will show culture tourism, healthy lifestyles, physical education tourism and culture tourism consumption.

The travel mart will also stick to the rules of pandemic prevention and control while having the activities go on smoothly.

The news conference of the 2022 China International Travel Mart, Kunming, Yunnan province. [Photo/Chinaculture.org]
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