CULTURE 5th Sichuan Opera Festival brings flash mob parade to ancient lane

CULTURE

5th Sichuan Opera Festival brings flash mob parade to ancient lane

CGTN

21:35, July 02, 2022

The launch ceremony of the 5th Sichuan Opera Festival was held on Wednesday at the Chongqing Sichuan Opera Company.

Sichuan opera artists from both Chongqing and Sichuan are gathering in the "mountain city" to present an artistic feast of Sichuan opera to their fans.

Opening music concert of the 5th Sichuan Opera Festival, Chongqing, China, June 29, 2022. /CFP

The main activities of this year's Sichuan Opera Festival will last for 15 days, and an online exhibition of Sichuan opera three-dimensional video art will continue until September.

Jiang Shumei performs "Yi Guan Meng" at the opening music concert, Chongqing, China, June 29, 2022. /CFP

Sichuan opera, a national intangible cultural heritage, is the typical local drama of Sichuan and Chongqing.

A performance of "Chuan Jiang Hao Zi" at the opening ceremony, Chongqing, China, June 29, 2022. /CFP

The theme of this year's festival is "break the circle," that is, to break through from the niche opera circle and expand to the mainstream.

A Sichuan opera artist at the Sichuan Opera Festival flash mob parade, Chongqing, China, July 1, 2022. /CFP

On Friday, a flash mob parade of the 5th Sichuan Opera Festival came to the ancient lanes of Yuzhong District, Chongqing.

Live performance by the Sichuan Opera Festival flash mob parade, Chongqing, China, July 1, 2022. /CFP

In the ancient winding lanes, accompanied by gongs and drums, Sichuan opera performers put on face-changing, fire-breathing and other Sichuan opera stunts.

Sichuan opera performers walk in an ancient alley, Chongqing, China, July 1, 2022. /CFP

Turning a corner on the intricate streets, the public may be surprised to find Sichuan opera performers doing a "flash mob" performance.

Sichuan opera performers in front of visitors, Chongqing, China, July 1, 2022. /CFP

The flash mob allows traditional Sichuan opera to reach out from the theater to the public, bringing a striking and captivating view.

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