Beijing Opera Festival

Beijing Opera Festival

Early December, held triennially
The traditional form of theatre known as Beijing Opera, or Peking Opera, is a national treasure in China. The Beijing Opera Festival is the country's most recognized event featuring this dramatic genre, which distinguishes itself from other opera styles with its elaborate costumes and martial arts displays. Scheduled every three years and always in a different city, the two-week festival is co-organized by the Ministry of Culture, local government, and the Beijing Opera Art Foundation.
About 20 shows are typically featured on each program, and festival organizers bestow awards in various categories to the best productions. The festival also offers workshops in addition to staging performances.
In 1995, the inaugural festival was held in Tianjin, located in northeast China. After the 1998 festival in Beijing, the Ministry of Culture decided to move the next two festivals to southern cities in the hope of fostering greater interest in the region, which has been less engaged historically with Beijing Opera than the northern Chinese.
CONTACTS:
Ministry of Culture
Jia 83
Donganmen Bei Jie
Dongcheng Qu
Beijing 100722 China
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