Art events of the week: Feb. 8-14

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Editor's notes: The Chinese Spring Festival is right around the corner, and a large number of activities will be held both in virtual form and on-site. offers some highlights information for this week from Feb. 8-14.

1, 2021 CCTV Spring Festival Gala


The annual Spring Festival Gala hosted by China Central Television is an important part of the Chinese Lunar New Year celebration since 1983, when it was first televised live at home and abroad.

The Gala intermingles songs, dances, comic sketches, opera and folk arts. Harmony and reunion are the two perennial themes of the gala. With a cheerful atmosphere, laughter and applause permeate from start to finish. The gala usually starts at 8 p.m. on New Year's Eve and lasts about four hours.

This year, the Gala will be staged on Feb. 11.

2, "Red Plum Blossoms Chinese Chamber Concert" (Online)


"Red Plum Blossoms: National Chamber Concert" will involve performance of some selected award-winning works from the Chinese National Music Competition. These works will reflect the national spirit, cultural connotations and art styles.

Date: 8:00 p.m., Feb. 08, 2021

3, "A Taste of China" & "The Luster of Wood and Color" (Online)

1)"A Taste of China" -- Chinese New Year Gourmet Workshop

This is a program showing you how to make the most flavorful Chinese cuisine, especially for a family reunion. The cook will show every step to make the food that both the name and appearance are well-matched with the Chinese Lunar New Year.

2) "The Luster of Wood and Color" -- Virtual Exhibition of Woodcut New Year Painting


As a traditional art form, woodblock New Year pictures has a history of about 1,000 years. It reached its peak in the middle and late Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). In  Chinese folk lore, New Year pictures are a symbol of the New Year, so it is considered essential to paste them in one's home to celebrate. The pictures are not only for festive decorations, but their cultural and artistic value make them an encyclopedia reflecting the life of Chinese people.

Date: 10:00 a.m., Feb. 09, 2021

4, "The Mother River" -- Original Ethnic Dance Drama (Online)

This is one of the finest dramas highlighting ecological protection, with responsibility for the source. The play uses the "first person" narrative approach, focusing on the strong contrasts between ancient and modern, wild nature and civilization, plateau and plains, humans and animals, and guiding people to pay attention to and protect the ecological environment, and interpreting the significance of promoting the ecological environment protection in the Three Rivers Headwaters region.

Date: 8:00 p.m., Feb.10, 2020

5, "Chords of the New Year" - Spring Festival Symphony Orchestra Concert (Online)

With famous classics performed one after another, the "Chords of the New Year" transport the audience into the palace of art with jumping rhythms and rich melodies, unfolding a cheerful, active and moving musical scroll.

Date: 6:00 p.m., Feb. 11, 2021

6, "Canon In D" - Classic Music Concert (Online)

In addition to presenting the solo and band versions of Johann Pachelbel's classic work "Canon in D Major," The China Philharmonic Orchestra will also perform live romantic classics re-arranged by the composer for fans. 

Date: 2:00 p.m., Feb. 13, 2021

Venue: MusicFans Art Space, Sanlitun, Beijing

7, Blockbusters during Spring Festival

A combination of posters from seven upcoming Chinese blockbusters set for release in time for Spring Festival 2021, including "Detective Chinatown 3," "Assassin in Red," "The Yinyang Master," "Hi, Mom," "New Gods: Nezha Reborn," "End Game," and "Boonie Bears: The Wild Life." [Photo courtesy of IMAX China, Huace Pictures, Huayi Brothers Media, Beijing Culture, Alibaba Pictures, Emperor Motion Pictures, and Fantawild]

Seven Chinese domestic productions will be released during the Chinese Lunar New Year holiday, usually the busiest and the most lucrative movie screening season in China. The releases in the holiday blockbuster race are Chen Sicheng's most-anticipated detective action comedy tentpole "Detective Chinatown 3" starring Liu Haoran, Wang Baoqiang and many Japanese stars, Jia Ling's time travel comedy "Hi, Mom" starring herself and popular comedian Shen Teng; Lu Yang's "A Writer's Odyssey," a novel-based fantasy thriller film starring Lei Jiayin and Yang Mi; Li Weiran's mobile game-turned-fantasy-film "The Yinyang Master" starring Chen Kun and Zhou Xun; Rao Xiaozhi's "End Game," a comedy-drama starring singer/actor Andy Lau and comedy actor Xiao Yang; "New Gods: Nezha Reborn," a new animated film from Light Chaser Animation; and "Boonie Bears: The Wild Life," the new installment in the hugely popular domestic animated comedy franchise.

Release Date: Feb. 12, 2021

Venue: Movie theaters nationwide

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