BEIJING, Nov. 9, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Fuzhou, a city in Jiangxi Province and the hometown of Tang Xianzu (1550-1616), a celebrated playwright of the Ming dynasty, has traditionally been known for its gifted scholars and profound culture. Leveraging its unique theater culture and resources, the city has organized a series of theater cultural exchanges in recent years to promote the Tang Xianzu brand, spread the cream of traditional Chinese culture, and better tell China’s stories to the rest of the world. , showing the contemporary charm of “China’s Play City”.

“Love, once begun, will never end. Lovers can die for love, those killed for love can revive.” This beautiful verse from The Peony Pavilion by Tang Xianzu has been sung for more than 400 years. This work, considered a jewel of world theater art, remains popular on the stages of the country and abroad to this day. “Culture is in the blood of a nation and is the soul of a city. Fuzhou has held on to the cultural brand of Tang Xianzu’s plays to push forward the progress of theater culture.” In recent years, the city has hosted various cultural events, such as the Tang Xianzu Theater Festival and International Theater Exchange Month, the National Excellent High-key Opera Repertory Exhibition, the National Tea Opera Extravagant “Aroma of Chinese Tea”, the Jiangxi Camellia Theater Festival and the Jiangxi Cultural Tour Exhibition. Fuzhou has also created cultural exchange platforms for domestic and foreign dramatic cultures and boosted the influences of Fuzhou’s cultural brands. Since 2016, the International Conference on Tang Xianzu has been an annual gathering of experts studying Tang Xianzu and has published books such as History of Research on Tang Xianzu in the 20th Century and Selected Papers on Tang Xianzu in the 20th Century, and has produced a wide range of research achievements, such as the Textual Investigation of the Original Record of the Tang Xianzu Family Tree, Tang Xianzu in 1592, and a textual study of Tang Xianzu’s ancestral home.

After years of efforts and explorations, the Tang Xianzu Theater Festival and International Theater Exchange Month have become a flagship event of Chinese traditional culture and an attractive mark of international cultural exchange for Fuzhou and China. Fuzhou is making great strides towards building the China Theater City for learning, watching, performing, evaluating and writing plays.

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