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'Guangzhou Tonight' Bleaming Glamour

GUANGZHOU, August 21 -- The neon-lit commercial streets. bars and discos make up much of the night life in Guangzhou. But this year. local people may find their nights bursting with continuous artistic performances of "Guangzhou Tonight", according to today's China Daily.

Since the launch of "Guangzhou Tonight" in March. the year-long performance line-up has staged over 100 performances. quite exceeding the target of 100 shows in a year. An estimated 62,000 people have enjoyed the shows, giving "Guangzhou Tonight" a wholehearted thumbs up.

The shows range from symphony music, ballet and drama, as well as folk art performances of Guangdong Yueju Opera, acrobatics, puppet shows and folk music performed by top art groups. Those who prefer Western art can enjoy shows like modern dance and classical ballet performed by famous art companies from the West.

In the second half of this year, the shows will begin a fresh new version of Shaoxing Opera from East China, "The Dream of the Red Mansion. " which makes a fantastic exploration into the classical romantic repertoire.

It will surprise the audience with its brand-new storyline. music and stage design. Yet it still keeps the traditional romantic charm of Shaoxing Opera. while fraught with sensuous pleasure.

Besides the Shaoxing Opera. more brilliant performances are coming. including modern ballet, puppet shows and modern acrobatic shows.

Though the local cultural industry is weak compared with the brisk economy in Guangzhou. the market of art performance is promising. Still. the competition has shown that local art groups rarely have competitive edges over their inland counterparts. let alone the superb foreign art groups.

"Guangzhou Tonight" is aided by the municipal government. which provides funding for local art groups and sticks to a low ticket-price policy.

"Guangzhou Tonight" is effective in developing the local cultural industry and enhancing the aesthetics of local people, said officials from the Guangzhou Culture Bureau.


-- source: Xinhua News Agency


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