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China's first Intangible Heritage Expo held in Jinan

10-21-2010 08:48 BJT

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Jinan, capital city of Shandong Province, is playing host to China's first Intangible Heritage Expo.

The opening ceremony last weekend was enlivened by performances of local time-honored folk arts.

A hilarious performance of Yangge dance kicked off the Expo on Friday morning. Known locally as "Guzi Yangge", the mass dance is popular in Shanghe county and is a prominent representative of China's National Intangible Heritage.

Traditionally performed by men, the dance is a showcase of masculinity by blending martial arts with folk dance. Dating back to the Song Dynasty, Guzi Yangge was created by local farmers who wanted to show their determination to conquer disasters and their aspirations for the harvest.

The Intangible Heritage Expo was launched by the Ministry of Culture. The event brings together the most historically valuable handicrafts and performing arts from around the country.

So far the National Intangible Heritage List has over 1000 items, all of which have been brought under total protection.

The event brings together the most historically valuable handicrafts and performing
arts from around the country.

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