The 6th Peking Opera Festival kicked off on Wednesday in central China's Hubei province as part of the government's efforts to revive the traditional artform.
The festival will features 33 operas to be performed by 33 troupes from all over China, including renowned opera artists Mei baojiu, Yu Kuizhi and Shang Changrong.
The festival will cover a wide range of Peking opera styles, including new versions of ancient operas, modern performances and traditional operas.
"Peking opera is the quintessence of our country and a treasure that most represents traditional culture," said Minister of Culture Cai Wu.
Peking opera, which combines instrumental music, vocal performances, miming, dancing and acrobatics, was recognized as a form of intangible cultural heritage last year by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
The government established a special fund in 2005 to support key troupes around the country in developing new scripts and adapting classic stories.
The festival, sponsored by the Ministry of Culture, has been held every three years since 1995.