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HK Cantonese opera delegation visited Guangzhou
Update: 2019-09-10     Source: eguangzhou.gov
A delegation of Cantonese opera artists from Hong Kong visited Guangzhou from Sept 3 to 4, aiming to boost communication in Cantonese opera between the two areas.

Cantonese opera was listed among the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in September 2009 with the joint efforts of artists from Guangdong, Hong Kong, and Macao.

Peng Jie, from the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the Hong Kong SAR, said that Hong Kong has done a good job in inheriting Cantonese opera and that the launch of the Outline Development Plan for the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area has offered a wider stage for artists in Hong Kong.

Peng added that the Cantonese opera in Guangdong and Hong Kong share the same origin, and that the delegations from the two sides have been very active in communication.

"The event is very meaningful. I've met a lot of seniors from the Chinese Artist Association of Hong Kong and I felt honored to be able to perform alongside them," said Cui Yumei, winner of the Plum Blossom Prize, China's top award for dramatic performances.

"The Cantonese opera in Hong Kong differs a little from that in the mainland as it is more traditional, while the opera in the mainland has made some changes and innovations on the basis of inheriting traditions. I hope we can have more opportunities to communicate with colleges in Hong Kong," added Cui.

Landmarks in the city such as Guangzhou Thirteen Hongs Museum, Yongqing Fang, the former residence of kung fu legend Bruce Lee, and the Cantonese Opera Art Museum were included during the tour to showcase the culture and history of Guangzhou.

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