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Chinese arts and crafts take Baosteel spotlight

THE Expo 2010 organizers yesterday opened 10 workshops where artists from Chinese provinces will perform and teach visitors traditional skills, including China's tea ceremonies, Chinese operas and ceramics making.

Chinese mainland's 31 provinces will send artists to the workshops every three days in turn to show different sets of skills and arts.

The workshops will be held at the Baosteel Stage in Zone B of the Pudong site.

Currently on display are craftsmen making Yunjin brocade from Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, one of the four great brocade skills; the tea ceremony from Guizhou Province; and qipao, the traditional body-hugging one-piece dress.

Artists will also demonstrate folk arts such as paper-cutting and clay sculpture.

Also at Baosteel stage, and at the neighboring outdoor Celebration Square, each of the provinces will hold a week of performances and parades full of local flavor.

Beijing will start, tomorrow, as the first participant by staging a costume parade around the Pudong Expo site. Some 200 actors will wear different styles of clothes typical of how people dressed in 16 famous settings, including the Forbidden City and the Beijing National Stadium, better known as the Bird's Nest.

Other culture weeks of the month include Tianjin, Hebei, Shanxi, Inner Mongolia and Liaoning.

Hebei Province will showcase the Chinese martial arts May 14 through 18.

Inner Mongolia will present a musical drama, jointly directed by artists from Broadway and the autonomous region, May 24 through 28. The region will also show its traditional wedding rites.

Each culture week will perform at the Baosteel Stage every day starting at 11am, 3pm and 8pm.

Two sessions of outdoor performances will be held at the Celebration Square at 10:30am and 3pm.

Each show lasts an hour.


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