Jun 12, 2014

Artists

Artists make clay figurines on June 11, 2014 at a Beijing presentation event which is held for the upcoming Smithsonian Folklife Festival in US. A total of 16 kinds of folk handicrafts and eight dancing and singing programs from 15 Chinese provinces and municipalities will be presented at the festival.

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An artist works on a Suzhou embroidery painting at the 2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival’s presentation event held in Beijing on June 11, 2014.

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.

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