06. August 2008 · Comments Off on China, A Country for the Arts? · Categories: Ramble

It’s two artists for every one athlete according to this article:

For every Olympic athlete performing in Beijing, there will be two artists.

As the Olympians of 200 nations aim for glory over the next two weeks, China has invited some 20,000 artists from more than 80 countries to put on 300 shows as part of the summer’s festivities, according to the Ministry of Culture.

Heading the bill are the so-called Divas in Beijing –opera sopranos Renee Fleming, Sumi Jo and Angela Gheorghiu, who will sing at the new National Center for the Performing Arts, the egg- shaped theater built in time for the games. The Royal Danish Ballet will indulge in some Scottish dancing. The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra will team up with a Beijing children’s choir to blast out a medley of old favorites for world peace.

“This would be a chance for China to assert its cultural might,” said Beijing-based Guan Yi, who owns one of China’s biggest collections of contemporary art.

I have never had a visitor from China, if my site meter is correct.

I read it here.

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