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Xinjiang cultural performances thrill audiences in Kuwait


The large-scale musical and dance performance "Xinjiang is a Nice Place" has recently been staged in Kuwait, offering an artistic feast for a Kuwaiti audience through dance, songs, epic recitations, and acrobatics.

Accompanied by the classic melody of "Lift Your Veil," the grand show "Xinjiang is a Nice Place" commenced at the Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmed Cultural Centre in Kuwait.

The performance was divided into three chapters: "Dance from the Tianshan Mountains," "Songs of the New Silk Road," and "Symphony of Kunlun Affection," showcasing various intangible cultural heritage art forms from northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

The one-and-a-half-hour show presented a vivid tapestry of cultural interaction and integration among various ethnic groups, including the epic of the Kyrgyz people "Manas," the Uygur Muqam classic "Jula," and the Kazakh dance "Black Horse."

The Uygur Muqam classic
The Uygur Muqam classic "Jula"/CMG

The Uygur Muqam classic "Jula"/CMG

The superb performances received enthusiastic applause and praise from the audience.

"Attending this incredible show was a wonderful experience for me," local audience member Fatma Abou Elhassan told CGTN. "This was my first time attending a performance from China's Xinjiang, and it left a lasting impression on me, especially the traditional songs, which I enjoyed the most."

The performance introduced different aspects of Xinjiang to the Kuwaiti audience members. Husam Al Qattan remarked that the beautiful landscape of the region showcased its rich tourism resources. "I would love to visit Xinjiang," he said.

After the show, executive director Jasur Tursun told CGTN with great excitement, "We are showcasing the best, most traditional, and most popular dances and songs of the various ethnic groups in Xinjiang."

"The song and dance can function as a window to help international audiences understand more about Xinjiang and learn about the happy, united, and harmonious life of our people there," Tursun said. "We aim to show why Xinjiang is such a wonderful place and convey this message to our friends around the world."

The performance is one of the key activities of the "Xinjiang is a Nice Place" special event in Kuwait. Other related activities, including a flash mob at the Kuwait Towers, the "Images of Xinjiang" photography exhibition, and the "Intangible Cultural Heritage of Xinjiang" creative gifts exhibition, also attracted interest from the Kuwaiti public.

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