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FLOWER LANTERN ART TROUPE (article first published : 2002-06-11)

The Chinese Embassy and the Department of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology are sponsoring a tour to South Africa for the Flower Lantern Art Troupe from Yunnan Province, China.

This group, consisting of 20 delegates, will spend one week performing in Grahamstown at the National Arts Festival, after which they will appear in Pretoria on July 5 as part of the ongoing fundraising campaign of the Arts & Culture Trust. The only performance in South Africa by this troupe outside of Grahamstown, it represents a celebration of Chinese culture and tradition.

Yunnan Hua Deng Art Troupe Ensemble of China was founded in 1954 in Yunnan Province, southern China. It is a provincial-level and professional performing group composed of around 100 dancers, singers and staff. Since its inception, the ensemble has collected and created a great number of folk songs and dances which reflect the customs and traditions of the people living in this area.

The ensemble has participated in numerous national and all-province art competitions and festivals. They have performed in the Huairen Tang Hall for top leaders of the Party and the nation. The ensemble also had the honour of performing to the visiting heads of state. In recent years, it has toured in Italy, Korea, Laos, Vietnam and the United States.




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