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December 29,2017   By:China Daily
Initiated by the China Arts and Entertainment Group, the largest State-owned company in China in the field of entertainment and arts exhibition, which was founded in 2004, the Silk Road International League of Theaters serves as a large platform for performing arts that aims to promote cultural exchanges between China and other countries.
 
Li Jinsheng, president of China Arts and Entertainment Group, says 32 theaters from 13 countries have joined the league this year, including Indonesia's arts promoter institution Ciputra Artpreneur, Ivan Vazov National Theater of Bulgaria and Japanese ballet company Matsuyama Ballet.
 
"The Silk Road International League of Theaters offers a platform to our members from all over the world to communicate. Since the birth of the league, we have introduced many performances by foreign troupes and helped Chinese artists perform in theaters abroad," says Li, giving examples such as the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre's tour in China with the ballet, Romeo and Juliet, and Belarus Janka Kupa?a Theater's tour in the country with Russian playwright Anton Chekhov's play The Seagull.
 
Song Guanlin, general manager of the China Oriental Performing Arts Group, which presented a show of Chinese folk dance and music at the Guangzhou event, says: "China is a big art market and the league fills in the gap between the art markets of China and the world."
 
"Chinese artists tell their own stories, which embodies Chinese culture. We need to work harder to reach out to the global audience."
 
Besides, the league members also have exchange programs, such as training actors and actresses and staging coproductions.
 
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Dec. 29, 2017 -- The performing arts fair in Guangzhou features a variety of performances, including dance, opera and folk music. [Photo provided to China Daily]
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