The Tianqiao area was the birthplace and a cluster of Beijing’s traditional folk culture, and used to be one of the main cultural and leisure places for citizens. Now, the Tianqiao Performing Arts Area is developing from the cradle of folk culture into a world stage. In 2017, various brand cultural activities with different themes will be held in this area.
World-Class Quality Performances
The China International Ballet Season is one of the important brand performing seasons of the Tianqiao Performing Arts Area. Approved by the Ministry of Culture of the People’s Republic of China and hosted by the National Ballet of China, this international ballet event has been successfully held for two sessions and invited dozens of outstanding ballet groups at home and abroad to perform classic works. This year, the third China International Ballet Season will open in November. At that time, Chinese and foreign artists from the National Ballet of China, the Russian National Star Ballet Theatre, the Paris Opera Ballet, and the British Royal Ballet will present a ballet feast to the audience. The National Ballet of China will stage its classic works such as Dancing Girl, Little Mermaid and Bat, and China’s top ten ballet troupes will also show the power of Chinese ballet.
Some performances of the 17th MEET IN BEIJING Arts Festival and national-level performing activities will also be staged in the Tianqiao Performing Arts Area. Moreover, the Tianqiao Summer Arts Festival and the Tianqiao International New Classic Arts Festival, which were held last year, will also be held in the second half of this year, during which Mozart’s Magic Flute co-produced by the Komische Opera Berlin and 1927 Britain, original Broadway musical Jersey Boys and Wicked and other outstanding performances from different countries will be staged.
Performances Featuring Traditional Chinese Culture
The Tianqiao Performing Arts Area also pays great attention to the development of traditional Chinese culture. The Second Tianqiao Spring Arts Festival for the Chinese started recently and will last until May. 10 new works by Chinese artists covering Chinese opera, musical instrument playing, dancing and other art forms will be staged, and 29 performances, 10 arts events and 2 forums will be held. Modern Kunqu opera Blossoms on a Spring Moonlit Night staring "the Prince of Kunqu Opera" Zhang Jun, contemporary opera concert of Peking opera and Kunqu opera Strum·March produced by “the contemporary Meng Xiaodong” Wang Peiyu, and the Frontier: Wu Man and Silk Road Music Master concert by the world’s top Pipa player Wu Man who has been nominated at the Grammy Awards for five times, will show the integration of traditional culture and modern arts.
In addition, performances will be staged every Saturday at the Xuannan Storytelling House, which is initiated by Ms. Lian Liru, a well-known performing artist of Pingshu, at the Beijing Tianqiao Art Building. Chinese opera, Xiangsheng and other traditional arts performances are staged at the Tianqiao Theatre, the Liyuan Theatre located in the Qianmen Jianguo Hotel, the Huguang Guildhall, the Deyunshe Theatre and the Zhengyici Theatre all the year round.
Public Cultural Activities
The Tianqiao Performing Arts Area takes the advantage of regional resources to organize public cultural activities. The Poetic Life Festival, popular with citizens last year, will be held again in this May, including poetry recitation, public exhibitions with various themes, crafts market, experiencing activity and other innovative cultural activities. The WOW World Women’s Arts Festival, which will be held in the third season of this year, is an international cultural and arts festival introduced into the Tianqiao area for the first time, in cooperation with the Southbank Center. Distinguished women from different fields as well as people who care for and support women’s development and gender equality will be invited to the festival, and performances, exhibitions and other cultural activities will be held.
In addition, other public cultural activities will also be organized in the Tianqiao Performing Arts Area, providing citizens more opportunities to enjoy arts.