Farmers' art festival highlights folk culture

By Zhang Rui
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Hundreds of farmers gather to present their folk performances to thousands of local people and tourists at a farmers' art festival and folk dance contest on Tai Chi Square at the foot of Yaji Mountain of Liujiadian town, Pinggu district, Beijing, on Feb. 25, 2018. [Photo by Zhang Rui /]

A farmers' art festival was held in Beijing's remote Pinggu district on Sunday, with hundreds of farmers performing folk dances.

The event, including a farmers' art festival and a folk dance contest, was held at the Tai Chi Square at the foot of Yaji Mountain of Liujiadian town. Thousands of local residents, tourists and guests thronged the site, applauding the various events and performers.

Liu Xiaodong, the town chief, said the event marked the 21st celebration of the festival, designed to promote folk arts and create a festive atmosphere for the coming Lantern Festival, which is the last day of the annual Chinese Spring Festival.

Liu said the event also launched a "folk art year" for local residents, who will enjoy more cultural activities and cultural life in the coming months.

Twenty-three teams from 14 villages took part in the folk-dance contest. Some of the performers were from folk art groups that have existed for more than 100 years and are treated by the Beijing city government as an intangible cultural heritage.

Liujiadian town has rich culture of folk arts and has been holding a traditional cultural temple fair at the Spring Festival for more than 400 years. Currently, the town has 46 art groups, 13 Yangge dance teams, one township-level art troupe, seven village-level troupes and five municipal-recognized intangible cultural heritage entities. More than 2,000 farmers in the area can go on stage and perform as a relaxation from their regular rural jobs. 

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