Not only Chinese contemporary artists, but folk artists as well, are becoming familiar faces on the world stage. From late June to mid-July, a group of 108 Chinese folk artists will tour North America as part of the decades-old Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington DC in the US and the China Now Festival at the Harbourfront Centre in Toronto, Canada.
Selected from several hundred traditional Chinese folk arts, eight performing art programs and 16 folk handcraft art forms will be on display at the two art festivals, according to the organizers China Arts and Entertainment Group (CAEG) and the China International Culture Association.
"Cultural communication is an effective way to boost mutual understanding. There is no better way than face-to-face communication," said Zhang Yu, president of CAEG, adding that the themes of "Balance" and "Reunion" will be sure to attract numerous visitors.
In Washington DC, China: Tradition and the Art of Living will introduce visitors to China's oldest traditions from kite-making to martial arts to Mongolian folk songs. Among them, many have been passed down from generation to generation, such as dough sculpting, sachet making and embroidery.