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01-22-2011 09:01 BJT Special Report:2011 Spring Festival |

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Watching the annual CCTV Spring Festival gala, broadcasting live from the CCTV studio every year, seems to be an indispensable part of the new year celebration. But this year the TV station decides to give online gala a shot, in an attempt to attract those netizens that may not be glued to TVs. Our reporter Li Xiang joined the gala's recording session Thursday night at the National Aquatics Center, also known as the Water Cube. Let's follow her for a sneak preview.

The night's festivities are based on ideas gathered from Internet users themselves. Netizens also turned out to be the major performing force of the gala, where bountiful videos, micro-blogs and online interaction with stars are all part of the celebration.

Apart from famous stars and top-notch artists, the virtual gala also features web celebrities and grassroots entertainers such as Chopsticks Brothers, and Gong Linna, who shot to fame with her wacky folk song called "Tan Te", or "Disturbed."

Established violinist Xue Wei joined promoter and advocator of contemporary Peking Opera Chu Lanlan for an onstage collaboration. The fusion developed an artistic dialogue between the western musical instrument and traditional Chinese opera, leaving spectators savoring the finesse of the lingering finish.

The CCTV Internet gala will delight netizens from the
1st day until the 6th day of the first lunar month on
CNTV, China's national web-based TV broadcaster.

Chu Lanlan, Peking Opera Artist, said, "This production is a bold attempt to blend music elements from the east and west. The result is a cultural clash that complements each other, and brings out the beauty of theatricality."

Interaction is the key word at the web gala. Nearly three hundred desktops are on hand to interact with netizens through social networks and mini blogs. Some of their tweets are projected on the giant screen on the side stage.

The CCTV Internet gala will delight netizens from the 1st day until the 6th day of the first lunar month on CNTV, China's national web-based TV broadcaster.

Li Xiang, Beijing , said, With the click of a mouse, you're able to enjoy the virtual gala on line and interact with your favorite web celebrities. So netizens, save your smart tweets for the big moment, and maybe you will be a big star too!

The night's festivities are based on ideas gathered
from Internet users themselves.(CNTV.cn)

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