Summer camp promotes Cantonese Opera in GBA

Young artists perform classic Cantonese opera in Guangzhou on July 28. [Photo: Zhuang Xiaoni]

Over 100 youngsters from Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao staged 12 performances from classic Cantonese operas at the Cantonese Opera Art Museum in Liwan District, Guangzhou on the afternoon of July 28. All performers were members of the 2019 Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Youth Opera Art Learning Exchange Summer Camp, with the youngest participant being seven years old.

Young artists perform classic Cantonese opera in Guangzhou on July 28. [Photo: Zhuang Xiaoni]

The young campers will go on tour to Macao on July 29 and Hong Kong on July 31 for another two shows before the camp comes to an end. The 12-day summer camp, which started on July 22, was held at the Guangdong Dance and Drama College (GDDC) in Guangzhou. Many young performers said that they not only improved their Cantonese Opera performing skills through the camp, but also made many new friends. Yang Weiwen, a drama teacher from GDDC said it is more important to teach the youngsters to understand and follow the rules since nothing can be accomplished without them.

A young artist performs classic Cantonese opera in Guangzhou on July 28. [Photo: Zhuang Xiaoni]

The 2019 Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Youth Opera Art Learning Exchange Summer Camp is one of the key cultural exchange projects between the Chinese mainland and Hong Kong and Macao launched by China’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism. It is organized by GDDC, Hong Kong Young Talent Opera Troupe and the Macao Neighborhood Association.

Author: Monica Liu

Editor: Chris