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China-Trinidad and Tobago cultural relations expanding

2013-06-03 16:12:36

(China Daily)


In January 2005, China signed a cultural agreement with Trinidad and Tobago to enhance artistic and cultural exchanges between the two countries.

The two countries agreed to encourage and support direct contact and cooperation between governmental and non-governmental institutions, organizations and people in fields such as theater, music, dance and other artistic groups.

Artistic and cultural exchanges will continue, the Ministry of Culture said.

Yang Le, a 31-year-old folk singer from People's Culture Center in Luohu district, Shenzhen, Guangdong province, went to Trinidad and Tobago with other Shenzhen folk musicians and dancers in May 2012.

Their first performance in the country was given in the national center for the performing arts, where all the 1,200 seats were sold out. "When the curtain went down at the end of the performance, we got a standing ovation," Yang said.

Zhang Chonggao, director of Weifang Kite Fair Office of Shandong province, shared the good memories he had when he and his colleagues exhibited Weifang traditional kites in Trinidad and Tobago.

Zhang, 50, who has been working in the kite industry for 12 years, was an organizer of the Weifang Kites Exhibition held in Trinidad and Tobago in November 2012. In a stadium, Zhang and his colleagues showed people how to fly the traditional Weifang kites.

"Many people, grown-ups, children and even government officials were attracted to fly the kites together with us," Zhang said. "The activity went on for a whole afternoon, and we all had fun."

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