Cultural events of the week: March 22-28

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Editor's note: An award-winning Chinese opera, a concert celebrating Beethoven, a dance show based around novelist Cao Xueqin, and a park-based light festival. Here are four events you won't want to miss this week.

1. National opera: "Hero"

Created by the Zhuzhou City Opera Heritage Center, the national opera "Hero" premiered at Zhuzhou Shennong Grand Theatre on Jan. 18, 2018. Since then, it has been staged 71 times in Beijing, Shanghai, Wuhan and Changsha, playing to more than 80,000 people and winning a raft of national and provincial level honors.

"Hero" is co-produced by the Publicity Department of the Hunan Provincial Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), Hunan Provincial Department of Culture and Tourism, and the People's Government of Zhuzhou city. 

Dates: March 23-24

Venue: National Center for the Performing Arts, Beijing

2. Concert: Commemorating Beethoven's birth


This special performance commemorates the 250th anniversary of German pianist and composer Ludwig van Beethoven's birth. Many famous artists will take part in the concert, including world-class pianist Lang Lang, conductor Tang Muhai and members of the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra.

Date: March 26, 19:15

Venue: Nine Trees Future Art Center, Shanghai

3. Dance Drama: "Cao Xueqin"

Dance drama "Cao Xueqin" is choreographed by Liu Zhen, chairman of the Beijing Dancers Association. It charts the life of Cao Xueqin, a Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) writer, who wrote the world-renowned masterpiece "Dream of the Red Chamber."

Dates: March 26-28

Venue: Beijing Poly Theatre

4. Beijing International Light Festival: "Alive Together"


Making full use of the trees and flowers in Yuyuantan Park, the "Alive Together: Beijing International Light Festival" incorporates narrative light installations to present various vistas ranging from oceans and forests to outer space.

The festival is made up of 15 individual installations, but they can also be viewed as a single work combining art with modern technology. Opening every evening, the festival is set to run until October.

Dates: March 25-Oct. 10, 19:00-Late

Venue: Yuyuantan Park, Beijing

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