Sponsored by the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office (OCAO) of China's State Council and the China Overseas Exchanges Association (COEA), "Cultures of China, Festival of Spring" presents art performances overseas during the Chinese Lunar New Year, bringing the spirit of unity, harmony and peace to wherever it goes.
With the improvement of China's comprehensive national strength, Chinese culture has become more and more popular and influential all over the world. The Chinese Lunar New Year is by far the most ceremonious, celebrated and traditional festival in China. Chinese New Year celebrations embody the essence of traditional Chinese culture. These festivities are also becoming more prominent overseas, especially in Western societies, which hope to share and learn about Chinese culture.
"Cultures of China, Festival of Spring" acts as a bridge that connects Chinese people from all over the world with art and culture; it helps to instill the Chinese culture among Chinese people overseas and unites them together with the rhythm of the homeland.
The "Cultures of China, Festival of Spring" performances have been invited to more than 20 countries during the Chinese Lunar New Year season in the past four years.
The performance boosts itself with a lot of famous singers and top-level artistic groups including Zongzheng Song and Dance Troupe and Central Nationalities Song and Dance Ensemble etc. and many well-known artists like Song Zuying, Yan Weiwen, Dong Wenhua, Yin Xiumei, Yang Hongji, Cai Guoqing, Yu Kuizhi and Li Shengsu etc. It has enjoyed a solid foundation of audience and gained great popularity among overseas Chinese even in the mainstream society, and has won the title of "Overseas Spring Festival Gala".
In 2013, six top-level artistic troupes and five artistic groups will journey throughout 34 countries and regions, bringing 61 memorable shows to audiences in 57 cities, including folk songs, classical dances, acrobatics, magic and Peking Opera.