Cultural events of the week: Feb. 22-28

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Editor's note: The Chinese New Year holiday may have just finished, but that doesn't mean that the celebrations are over just yet. Now, people are looking forward to the Lantern Festival — another important occasion for family reunion in China. Here are some highlight events you can catch this week from Feb. 22-28.

1, Lantern Festival Gala 

People eat "yuanxiao," or rice dumplings, on this day, so the Lantern Festival is also called the "yuanxiao festival ." [Photo/VCG]

The Lantern Festival, also known as Yuanxiao Festival in Chinese, is a special day when families hang lanterns outside their homes and cook glutinous rice balls to enjoy as a family. The festival falls on the 15th day of the first month in the Chinese lunar calendar, when a full moon appears.

China's central television and other provincial-level TV stations are staging galas to celebrate the festival. Performances will include singing, dancing, talk shows, comedy skits, traditional opera and acrobatics.

Date: Feb. 26

2, Lantern Festival Concert

The National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) has invited the Beijing Chinese Orchestra to perform a classical music concert on the Lantern Festival.

The orchestra has presented numerous large-scale Chinese music concerts over the years, such as "Echoes of Beijing," "Beijing Dreams," "Feelings for the Capital City," "Brilliant Chinese Music" and "Chinese Music Festival." It has also produced various Chinese orchestral works including "Eight Scenes in Beijing" and "Visions of China."

Dates: Feb. 26-27

Venue: National Center for the Performing Arts, Beijing

3, "The Moon Represents My Heart": Teresa Teng Classic Song Concert

Teresa Teng in 1977. [Photo/Xinhua]

The Shanghai Baiyulan Modern Orchestra will perform classic songs by pop singer Teresa Teng in "The Moon Represents My Heart," a concert staged by the orchestra nearly 300 times in countries all around the world. 

Date: Feb. 28, 14:00

Venue: Shanghai Poly Grand Theatre

4, Hollywood movie "Tom & Jerry"  

A poster of "Tom & Jerry" [Photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures]

Warner Bros. Pictures' "Tom & Jerry," a live-action/computer animated hybrid film, will be the first Hollywood offering to hit Chinese movie theaters on Lantern Festival. The movie is a reimagining of the classic cat-and-mouse cartoon, which sees Jerry moving into New York City's finest hotel on the eve of "the wedding of the century," forcing the event's desperate planner to hire Tom to get rid of him. The ensuing battle threatens to destroy her career, the wedding and possibly the hotel itself. 

Director: Tim Story

Cast: Chloe Grace Moretz, Michael Peña, Colin Jost, Rob Delaney, and Ken Jeong

Release Date: Feb. 26

Venue: Theaters nationwide

Cultural events of the week: Feb. 15-21

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