Gala to mark Sino-Malaysia ties

Gala to mark Sino-Malaysia ties
Dancer master Yang (centre, top) performing the dance drama ‘The Peacock’ in Nanning, China.

KUALA LUMPUR - China's finest cultural performers, including "Peacock Princess" Yang Liping, will be coming to Malaysia for a gala show ahead of the 40th anniversary of China-Malaysia bilateral relations next year.

Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz said Yang, as well as fellow artistes Yu Xiao Xue and Xu Bia Wu, would be among the many performers who would take part in the two-day China Ethnic Song and Dance Gala Show.

Besides the gala show on Oct 26 and 27, he said another event, called the China Cultural and Art Exhibition, would be held at the National Art Gallery from Oct 22 to 30. It will feature special exhibits such as antique porcelain and minority's costumes that would be specially flown in from China.

China's Culture Ministry will also lead a group of 40 officials on a visit to Malaysia. They will tour places such as Kuala Lumpur, Malacca, Penang and Pangkor island this month.

Nazri said that the Chinese and Malaysian governments had maintained cordial, warm and friendly relations since second prime minister Tun Abdul Razak Hussein established diplomatic ties with China in 1974.

"This programme will further strengthen the harmonious relations between Malaysia and China," said Nazri. "It aims to attract Malaysians of all ages and bring together dance enthusiasts, as well as cultivate an interest towards the performing arts," he said in a speech read out by Istana Budaya director-general Datuk Mohamed Juhari Shaarani yesterday.

Nazri noted that Chinese tourist arrivals this year had registered a double-digit growth, a 24.5 per cent increase from last year and numbering 943,756 more tourists.

China's Kuala Lumpur embassy's culture and education bureau director Gao Wei said they were honoured to initiate the programme, especially since it followed President Xi Jinping's successful maiden state visit last week.

"I believe this will be very beneficial in promoting friendship and deepening understanding of culture and arts between Malaysia and China," he said.

Tickets for the gala show are limited to around 1,400 seats, which is the maximum capacity at Istana Budaya's Panggung Sari auditorium.

To buy them, visit www.ticketcharge.com.my or call the hotline 03-9222 8811.

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