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Confucius Institute in Montpellier Held Activities of Chinese Folk Art Series

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Recently, Chinese Folk Art Series experience and exchange activities, organized by the Confucius Institute in Montpellier, held in Montpellier, France for 10 days. Rich and colorful traditional arts, which are firmly rooted in the long history of Chinese Vernacular and Fork culture, such as Hunan Paper Shadow Theater, Yuxian artisanal quilt and paper-cut art combing with modern elements attracted the local residents and Chinese culture lovers to have a further understanding of those arts. MsIsabelle Marsala, deputy mayor of Montpellier in charge of education attended this workshop experience activity.\

At the invitation of Confucius Institute in Montpellier, the 66thNotably, those display items, seat pads and pot holders made of quilt, paper puppets and paper-cuts collected from Yuxian countryside, aroused the local people’s strong interests. Among those performers are a group of university graduates who gave up their well paid jobs and voluntarily joined to the team of protection and inheritance of the traditional arts. They bring new elements and vitality to Folk Arts by integrating modern technology into the traditional craftsmanship. The local officials in charge of culture were deep impressed by these university graduates and said that France faces the same problems as China that traditional arts are gradually declining and some are disappearing, while French young men are not willing to carry out those folk arts. Therefore, they communicated with these Chinese young artists and understood their thoughts and practices so as to learn something useful from them.  generation successor of Hunan Paper Shadow Theater, also the only existing Paper Puppet Shadow curving artist, the old Wu shengping and his grandchild successor Wu Yuan, the promoter and innovator of Paper Shadow Theater Li Rong an after 80s, the designers of Beijing Snail Folk Art Workshop He You and Ma Jie, and paper-cut craftman and modern visual artist Pang xiaoliang, together they brought wonderful experience opportunities for the Montpellier citizens. Those activities included Chinese Paper Puppet Shadow performance selected as the world intangible culture heritage, lecture of Yuxian artisanal quilt with a history more than two century, Paper Shadow and Paper-cut workshops set for all kinds of students and quilt workshop jointly organized with the Old People University. Meanwhile, the old artist Wu shengping performed his highly skilled traditional Paper Shadow plays named “playing reversely Qing Dynasty’s seven-stringed instrument”, “a gift of happiness”, and “dragon and tiger fight”.

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During the ten days activities, thousands of local people had a close understanding of Chinese traditional folk arts and crafts. The local radio station AVIVA and three French TV stations reported the activity. At the same time, Chinese artists and the local puppet artists and quilt experts exchanged their ideas and crafts face to face.Notably, those display items, seat pads and pot holders made of quilt, paper puppets and paper-cuts collected from Yuxian countryside, aroused the local people’s strong interests. Among those performers are a group of university graduates who gave up their well paid jobs and voluntarily joined to the team of protection and inheritance of the traditional arts. They bring new elements and vitality to Folk Arts by integrating modern technology into the traditional craftsmanship. The local officials in charge of culture were deep impressed by these university graduates and said that France faces the same problems as China that traditional arts are gradually declining and some are disappearing, while French young men are not willing to carry out those folk arts. Therefore, they communicated with these Chinese young artists and understood their thoughts and practices so as to learn something useful from them. \

During the ten days activities, thousands of local people had a close understanding of Chinese traditional folk arts and crafts. The local radio station AVIVA and three French TV stations reported the activity. At the same time, Chinese artists and the local puppet artists and quilt experts exchanged their ideas and crafts face to face.

Translator: Luo Ting