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"Genesis and Spirit" performance to showcase colourful intangible cultural heritage of Gansu

     Presented by the Ministry of Culture and the Home Affairs Bureau, "Genesis and Spirit: A Showcase of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Gansu" will be staged in June.

     In this colourful performance, Gansu's open-hearted rustic charm, its strength of character, illuminating wisdom and its accommodating and humanistic spirit will take the audience through a "time tunnel" of many millennia, over snowy highlands, deserts, mountain ranges and to the homeland of numerous locals, to a place long ago and far away.

     Bringing together outstanding Gansu songs and dances which are rarely performed in Hong Kong, the programme will include the narrative xianxiao singing "About Liangzhou", the Jiezi dance "Liqian the Ancient Style", the suona "Longdong Rhythm", the Kongtong martial arts "Kung Fu Kongtong", the dances "Bare-handed Yangge", "Feitian", "Baigeer and Balang Drum Dance", "Duodi Dance" and "Guozhuang Dance", the "Folk Song of Hezhou" and "Yugur Folk Songs", and the performances "The Snow Mountain Mongolian Style" and "Labrang Folk Dance and Song".

     Gansu is home to 26 million people from 14 ethnic minority groups who share a broad expanse of 450 000 square kilometres of land. Through 8,000 years of development, the people of Gansu have used their wisdom to create a rich variety of intangible cultural heritage. Ranging from the apsaras of Dunhuang to the martial arts of Kongtong, the masked baigeer dance of the Tibetans and the khoomi horsehead fiddle music to the folk songs of Yugur - the spirit of China's Western Region shines in them all.

     "Genesis and Spirit: A Showcase of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Gansu" is organised by the Department of Culture, Gansu Province and the Leisure and Cultural Services Department. It will be staged at 8pm on June 13 (Saturday) at the Concert Hall of the Hong Kong City Hall and 5pm on June 14 (Sunday) at the Auditorium of Sha Tin Town Hall. Tickets ranging from $120 to $240 are now available at URBTIX. Half-price tickets are available for senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and their minders, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients (limited tickets for CSSA recipients available on a first-come, first-served basis). A maximum discount of 20 per cent is offered for the group booking package.

     For programme enquiries, please call 2268 7323 or visit Telephone credit card bookings can be made on 2111 5999. Tickets can also be booked online at

Ends/Monday, May 4, 2015
Issued at HKT 15:25


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