Hainan celebrates Cultural and Natural Heritage Day

By Nicki Johnson / HICN / Updated: 16:19,15-June-2021

On June 12, over 100 colorful, exciting activities were held across Hainan province to celebrate Cultural and Natural Heritage Day, with the bulk of the events taking place at the 5 main event venues: Haikou, Sanya, Wuzhishan, Ding’an, and Baoting.

A wooden puppet performance in Ding’an.

In Ding’an, performers from Haikou, Danzhou, Qionghai, Wenchang, Ding’an, Chengmai, Lingao, and Tunchang as well as professional opera singers from the Hainan Qiong Opera Theater performed Qiong (Hainan) opera, traditional Bayin music, wooden puppet shows, folk songs, Danzhou Diaosheng, and many more types of traditional Hainan musical and dramatic pieces showcasing the island’s rich  legacy of intangible cultural heritage.

A Hainan Opera performance in Ding’an.

The scene in Wuzhishan was equally dazzling, with nearly 80 contestants from 10 Hainan cities and counties including Wuzhishan, Ledong, Changjiang, and Lingshui vying for the top spots in the Li Brocade and Miao Embroidery competitions, giving the audience a fascinating glimpse at the incredible skill and dedication required to create these breathtakingly beautiful traditional Hainan minority fabric arts. A selection of Li and Miao folk music was also performed in Wuzhishan, celebrating the traditional instruments and local languages of the Li and Miao peoples of Hainan.

On the morning of June 12, the 2021 First Nanshan Intangible Cultural Heritage Festival opened at the Nanshan Cultural Tourism Park in Sanya. The Festival will continue through the 18th. During the week-long Festival, a large number of events including a Li brocade themed fashion show, an intangible cultural heritage exhibition, an arts and crafts workshop, the 8th Hainan Folk Arts Exhibition, a seminar discussing new developments in Hainan’s intangible cultural heritage, and many more Hainan culture and arts themed events are being staged at the Nanshan International Intangible Cultural Heritage Experience Center (Nepal Building).

Items on display at the 2021 First Nanshan Intangible Cultural Heritage Festival.

Currently, there are more than 2,000 items covering over 40 types of innovative and highly marketable world-class, national-level and province-level intangible heritage items on display at the Nanshan International Intangible Cultural Heritage Experience Center including Li brocade, Yunnan brocade, gold leaf, filigree inlay, silver plating, thangka (Tibetan Buddhist scroll painting), cloisonné, purple clay pottery, agarwood, Miao silver ornaments, copper art, porcelain, and traditional Chinese medicine, as well as selected reproductions of the celebrated Sanxingdui and Forbidden City cultural relics.

An item on display at the 2021 First Nanshan Intangible Cultural Heritage Festival.

Recently, four Hainan intangible cultural heritage items, including the Sanya Tanka Songs, the Pangu Dance of the Miao People, the Li Bone Hairpin Carving Technique, and the 108 Hainan Brothers Seafaring Worship Ceremony were chosen as part of the Fifth Batch of National-level Representative Items of Intangible Cultural Heritage.

(Photos courtesy of the Department of Tourism, Culture, Radio, Television, and Sports of Hainan Province)

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