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Cross-Border Spring Festival Evening Gala held in Bangladesh

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The performance crew of the 2024 “Voices of Spring · Golden Dreams” China-Bangladesh Spring Festival Evening Gala arrived at the National Theatre Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy in downtown Dhaka on January 17, local time. That night, together with local artists, they presented a gala with both Chinese and Bangladeshi characteristics.

The gala was the highlight of the 2024 “Voices of Spring · Golden Dreams” Spring Festival Cultural Exchange Series co-hosted by the Chinese Embassy in Bangladesh, the Information Office, and the Foreign Affairs Office of the People’s Government of Yunnan Province, attracting an in-person audience of more than 1,000, including residents, overseas Chinese in Bangladesh, and representatives of Chinese-funded enterprises.

Cross-Border Spring Festival Evening Gala held in Bangladesh

Yao Wen, Ambassador of China to Bangladesh, said in his speech that in a public opinion poll, more than 60 percent of Bangladeshi respondents have a positive impression of China, and over 90 percent of them are satisfied with current China-Bangladesh relations and endorse the Belt and Road cooperation between China and Bangladesh. More and more Bangladeshi friends have shown interest and desire to learn about the Chinese culture, and to travel in China. China-Bangladesh relations have garnered the sincere support of the two peoples. He believed that the tree of friendship between China and Bangladesh would grow in the hearts of many and more.

Bangladesh’s Minister of Social Welfare, Dr. Dipu Moni, spoke highly of the Belt and Road Initiative. She said that 2023 was a bumper year for Bangladesh-China Belt and Road cooperation, fourteen mega infrastructure projects have been completed or advanced. At the same time, cultural exchanges between the two countries have flourished, promoting continuous development in both countries.

China and Bangladesh have been good neighbors and friends since ancient times. Bangladesh was the first country to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with China on Belt and Road cooperation. There are currently more than 670 Chinese companies operating in Bangladesh, which have created 550,000 local jobs.

Located in southwest China, Yunnan is at the forefront of China’s opening up to South Asia and Southeast Asia, and an important node of the Belt and Road Initiative. It has established tight cooperation in many fields such as economy, trade, education, and people-to-people exchanges with Bangladesh.

Cross-Border Spring Festival Evening Gala held in Bangladesh

“While Yunnan is striving to write a new chapter of Chinese modernization, Bangladesh is working toward achieving its dream of ‘golden Bangla’. In the upcoming Year of the Dragon, we are ready to strengthen our lasting friendship and deepen mutually beneficial cooperation with Bangladesh. Let’s forge ahead together to realize our dreams and open up new vistas for friendly exchanges and win-win cooperation,” said Peng Bin, Deputy Director of the Publicity Department of the Yunnan Provincial Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and Director of Yunnan Provincial Civilization Office.

Following the speech, the gala, jointly presented by Chinese and Bangladeshi artists, kicked off with the opening dance “Wish a Happy and Lucky New Year,” The wonderful performances including the Hani dance “Divine Bird Flapping Swings of China,” the Chinese acrobatics “Shoulder Ballet,” the graceful dance of the Chinese Dai “Aureate Peacock,” the passionate instrumental performance “Ode to Spring by Chinese Traditional Instruments,” the magical magic “Hi! Bangladesh,” and the Bangladeshi dance “Dhamail,” won the cheers of the audience.

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The acrobatics “Drum Pedaling” incorporated Yunnan’s ethnic customs and pushed the gala to a climax. The elephant-foot drum (a Dai percussion instrument) about one meter long is like a butterfly fluttering on the feet of the Dai girls. The actors and the drums formed a pyramid shape and won long-lasting applause.

“A good acrobatic performance is both aesthetic and coordinated, showing the beauty and power of teamwork,” said Qian Xuetao, director of the gala and artistic director of Yunnan Performing Arts Co., Ltd., “Just like the friendship and cooperation between China and Bangladesh.”

The evening gala also featured a performance by students from Sylhet Sofir Uddin High School and College. A few weeks ago, the Chinese Embassy gifted a “Smart Classroom” to the school.

“Cultural exchanges have the magic to go beyond geological and linguistic gaps and touch the souls with long-lasting influence,” said Yao Wen, “The Chinese Embassy invites these students to the stage to promote the unique culture of Bangladesh, thereby deepening mutual understanding and exchanges between the two peoples.”

The chorus “Ode to Friendship between China and Bangladesh” jointly performed by Chinese and Bangladesh singers brought the gala to an end. “This song speaks our mind,” said Saikat Islam, one of the singers and a student at the North South University.

The performance crew of the 2024 “Voices of Spring · Golden Dreams” China-Bangladesh Spring Festival Evening Gala arrived at the National Theatre Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy in downtown Dhaka on January 17, local time. That night, together with local artists, they presented a gala with both Chinese and Bangladeshi characteristics.

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The gala was the highlight of the 2024 “Voices of Spring · Golden Dreams” Spring Festival Cultural Exchange Series co-hosted by the Chinese Embassy in Bangladesh, the Information Office, and the Foreign Affairs Office of the People’s Government of Yunnan Province, attracting an in-person audience of more than 1,000, including residents, overseas Chinese in Bangladesh, and representatives of Chinese-funded enterprises.

Mr. Yao Wen, Ambassador of China to Bangladesh, said in his speech that in a public opinion poll, more than 60 percent of Bangladeshi respondents have a positive impression of China, and over 90 percent of them are satisfied with current China-Bangladesh relations and endorse the Belt and Road cooperation between China and Bangladesh. More and more Bangladeshi friends have shown interest and desire to learn about the Chinese culture, and to travel in China. China-Bangladesh relations have garnered the sincere support of the two peoples. He believed that the tree of friendship between China and Bangladesh would grow in the hearts of many and more.

Bangladesh’s Minister of Social Welfare, Dr. Dipu Moni, spoke highly of the Belt and Road Initiative. She said that 2023 was a bumper year for Bangladesh-China Belt and Road cooperation, fourteen mega infrastructure projects have been completed or advanced. At the same time, cultural exchanges between the two countries have flourished, promoting continuous development in both countries.

China and Bangladesh have been good neighbors and friends since ancient times. Bangladesh was the first country to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with China on Belt and Road cooperation. There are currently more than 670 Chinese companies operating in Bangladesh, which have created 550,000 local jobs. Located in southwest China, Yunnan is at the forefront of China’s opening up to South Asia and Southeast Asia, and an important node of the Belt and Road Initiative. It has established tight cooperation in many fields such as economy, trade, education, and people-to-people exchanges with Bangladesh.

“While Yunnan is striving to write a new chapter of Chinese modernization, Bangladesh is working toward achieving its dream of ‘golden Bangla’. In the upcoming Year of the Dragon, we are ready to strengthen our lasting friendship and deepen mutually beneficial cooperation with Bangladesh.

Let’s forge ahead together to realize our dreams and open up new vistas for friendly exchanges and win-win cooperation,” said Peng Bin, Deputy Director of the Publicity Department of the Yunnan Provincial Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and Director of Yunnan Provincial Civilization Office.

Following the speech, the gala, jointly presented by Chinese and Bangladeshi artists, kicked off with the opening dance “Wish a Happy and Lucky New Year,” The wonderful performances including the Hani dance “Divine Bird Flapping Swings of China,” the Chinese acrobatics “Shoulder Ballet,” the graceful dance of the Chinese Dai “Aureate Peacock,” the passionate instrumental performance “Ode to Spring by Chinese Traditional Instruments,” the magical magic “Hi! Bangladesh,” and the Bangladeshi dance “Dhamail,” won the cheers of the audience.

The acrobatics “Drum Pedaling” incorporated Yunnan’s ethnic customs and pushed the gala to a climax. The elephant-foot drum (a Dai percussion instrument) about one meter long is like a butterfly fluttering on the feet of the Dai girls. The actors and the drums formed a pyramid shape and won long-lasting applause.

“A good acrobatic performance is both aesthetic and coordinated, showing the beauty and power of teamwork,” said Qian Xuetao, director of the gala and artistic director of Yunnan Performing Arts Co., Ltd., “Just like the friendship and cooperation between China and Bangladesh.”

The evening gala also featured a performance by students from Sylhet Sofir Uddin High School and College. A few weeks ago, the Chinese Embassy gifted a “Smart Classroom” to the school.

“Cultural exchanges have the magic to go beyond geological and linguistic gaps and touch the souls with long-lasting influence,” said Yao Wen, “The Chinese Embassy invites these students to the stage to promote the unique culture of Bangladesh, thereby deepening mutual understanding and exchanges between the two peoples.”

The chorus “Ode to Friendship between China and Bangladesh” jointly performed by Chinese and Bangladesh singers brought the gala to an end. “This song speaks our mind,” said Saikat Islam, one of the singers and a student at the North South University. (End)

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