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Chinese students set to entertain UK capital

By CECILY LIU | China Daily UK | Updated: 2017-08-09 17:27

Londoners will get a glimpse of some of China's up-and-coming young performers when they take the stage at the City of Westminster College on Wednesday.

The show, which involves around 30 artists, who range in age from primary school students to those at university, will offer Chinese cultural performances in such areas as martial arts, calligraphy, Chinese poetry, and music.

The show is being organized by the Beijing-based cultural organization Young China. Each year, it takes a handpicked group of talented young Chinese artists on an overseas cultural tour. In the past, the event has made its way to the United States, Russia, Thailand, Singapore, and South Korea. This year marks the first time the group has visited the United Kingdom.

Zhao Hongli, artistic director of Young China, said: "We hope this show will facilitate cultural exchanges between Chinese children and children in the UK, so that they may learn from each other as they advance their performance skills in the future. This trip will also enable our children to learn more about British culture, and develop a broader vision. Many of our children may even realize that they would like to study in the UK in the future."

The concert will be attended by an audience of around 200.

The children will also be taken on a tour around important local landmarks, including Buckingham Palace, Globe Theater, the British Museum, and Windsor Castle. In total, around 60 children are participating in the trip.

"We are thrilled that our children are able to experience British culture for themselves," Zhao said. "Britain and China are two nations that are rich in culture, where the future opportunities for collaboration are immense, and these young people will become future bridges, to make these cultural collaboration opportunities a reality."

In addition to organizing the children's annual summer overseas performances, Young China also sets up shows for them in China.

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