Chinese Culture Week in Abu Dhabi
This month saw China’s president, Xi Jinping, travel to Abu Dhabi for a series of meetings with UAE officials to strengthen ties between the two nations.
To celebrate, the capital marked the occasion with Chinese Culture Week to inspire visitors with traditional Chinese customs and Emirati culture, through heritage, artistic and cultural experiences.
With an extensive roster bursting with exceptional Chinese cultural entertainment and traditional Chinese customs, we created a compelling interactive entertainment experience to feature as the centre point of the celebrations.
From the 17th - 24th July, a special pavilion was set up to celebrate Chinese Culture Week at Abu Dhabi’s Manarat Al Saadiyat, a high-tech center for local cultural displays, international exhibitions, and theatre performances.
In a week dedicated to showcasing a range of events and cultural experiences, guests were treated to a range of striking traditional Chinese customs.
Our Lion and Dragon dancers stole the show with their heart-pounding performance of iconic Chinese cultural entertainment in which a team of dancers manipulates the head and long body of a lion and dragon.
Delighting guests with up to three performances each day across the seven day cultural festival, our hand-picked collection of artists also included traditional sugar painting, guzheng player, calligrapher, and stunning face changing, or bian lian artist.
Bian lian is an ancient Chinese dramatic art in which performers wear vividly colored masks, typically depicting characters from the opera, which they change from one face to another almost instantaneously with the swipe of a fan, a movement of the head, or wave of the hand.
With each act playing to a different element of traditional Chinese customs, and mixing stage shows with roaming entertainers, interactive workshops and more, we developed a rounded and immersive cultural experience.
Entertainment Coordinator, Jodie Cooper, said:
“As a Mandarin speaker, I was thrilled to work on this exciting project that called for multiple traditional Chinese customs. We’re lucky enough to have relationships with some of the most revered artists in China, and it’s always a pleasure to link them with fantastic events such as Abu Dhabi’s Chinese Culture Week.”
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