Under the slogan of "Our Chinese Dream", a music and dance show launched by multiple ministries was staged in Jinzhai county, Anhui province on Tuesday.
The event, in its fifth year, aimed to enrich the minds of the people living in old revolutionary bases, ethnic minority, border and poverty-stricken areas.
The Red Army Square was crowded with long-awaiting locals before the gala began. Guo Lunfen, 77, accompanied by her son, said, “I really long for more shows like this.”
Together with eight partners, Han Zaifen, a well-known Huangmei Opera singer born in the province, entertained the audience with classics including Emperor's Female Son-in-Law and Goddess Marriage. Deeply touched on such occasions, as she said, she expected to bring works of art closer to common people through the event.
Jinzhai was once an important revolutionary base for the Red Army. "The older generation's revolutionary spirits inspire us before we convey them to the audience," the 49-year-old added.
"I think the show provides performers with an exciting opportunity to work for people from grass-roots communities," said Huo Yong, a singer with the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy.
In spite of injuries, some dancers from Anhui Provincial Opera Dance Drama Theater were still in the performance. The dance troupe arrived in the county yesterday, according to Wang Jie, one of the troupe members. And it's barely 8:00 am but they were spotted in the square rehearsing.
"Although it is cold today, people in the old revolutionary base are getting here so early. We will try our best to entertain them. We also hope they will enjoy our show," Wang said.
Featuring songs, dances, operas as well as acrobatics, the gala drew rounds upon rounds of applause from the audience.
The annual event is launched by the Publicity Department, the Ministry of Culture, the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television, and China Federation of Literary and Art Circles.