Fouly ALEXANDRIA, Egypt (Xinhua) -- Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region,
which represents China as the guest of honor of the 15th
International Summer Festival held from July 10 to August 26 in Egypt’s seaside
historical city of Alexandria, gave an enchanting performance on Monday.
The Chinese shows presented various
performances of different ethnic groups in Xinjiang, with the
colorful traditional outfits and oriental music that appealed so
much to the Egyptian audience in Bibliotheca Alexandria, one of
the largest hosting venues of cultural and artistic activities
in the Middle East.
“The shows were really so beautiful.
It’s my first time to see such beautiful performances. We
hope they hold such activities more often here in Egypt,”
said Amal Ali, an employee in her early 50s.
The Chinese shows included Uygur,
Tajik, Kirgiz, Kazak, Mongolian and Han group dances, in a style
referred to as “DanSinging in the Air” for combining both
dancing and singing, in addition to male and female solo singing
mostly in local Chinese language and some in Arabic.
Besides the group dancing and singing,
acrobatic performances also drew cheers and applause from the
“I really enjoyed the shows. Such
events bring the peoples of Egypt and China closer and urge
some Egyptians to start learning Chinese and know Chinese
friends,” Ashraqat Hamdy, a junior college student at
Alexandria University, told Xinhua after watching the
For Ahmed Mostafa, a sound engineer,
photographer and tango dancer, he watched the shows attentively
with an artistic eye and said they were inspiring for the
Egyptian dancers, musicians and artists who attended the
“I felt the music was similar to our
oriental one. The singing performance was so close to ours
and they played an Egyptian song so beautifully. The
acrobatic shows were so stunning too,” said the young man.
The Egyptian attendees said they felt
the performances, the musical instruments exhibition and the
photo gallery took them to China while they are at home and made
them curious to learn more about China.
“The shows were various, reflecting
the variety of the Chinese culture. In addition, they even
performed some Egyptian songs, which enriched the festival
and made us feel that the human civilization is one,” said
Morad Abbas, head of Arabic department of the Faculty of
Arts at Alexandria University.
Home to 23 million people, Xinjiang is
China’s largest autonomous region, occupying about one sixth of
the total area of China and gathering 47 ethnic groups in the
world’s most populous country.
One of the most attractive shows for
the Egyptian audience was the “flowery belt” Uygur humorous
dance that portrays young men trying to express their feelings
to pretty girls through a token of love.
“When I appeared on stage after four
male dancers, I was stunned by the cheers applause of the
Egyptian audience. It’s a pleasant surprise and I am happy
they loved our performances,” said the show star Omanguri
Stick, who has been doing this performance for 25 years.
“It’s very important for an artist to
perform in different countries and communicate with
different cultures and peoples. It’s been a pleasure to be
here and represent the Chinese culture to Egypt,” the artist
told Xinhua after the performance.
In a nearby hall, the Chinese cultural
activities in the festival included “2017 Experience China,” an
exhibition and photo gallery exploring the lifestyle, traditions
and history of Xinjiang and West China.
Inaugurated by Alexandria Governor
Mohamed Sultan and China’s Consul General in Alexandria Xu
Nanshan, the exhibition displays unique pieces of Xinjiang’s
traditional music instruments as well as a photo gallery
registering almost every life activity in the region.
“Such events are important for
cultural exchange and enhancing cultural ties with the
Chinese side,” Sultan told Xinhua when touring the
He described the relations between
Egypt and China as “very strong,” stressing his country’s
keenness to deepen ties with China.
Chen Dongyun, cultural counselor of
the Chinese embassy and director of the Chinese Cultural Center
in Cairo, said the event seeks to introduce Xinjiang cultures to
the Egyptian people and widen the friendship base between the
two nations at the popular level.
“We hope that cooperation through
China’s Belt and Road Initiative in economy, technology,
education and culture elevates Egypt-China ties to a level
that suits their comprehensive strategic partnership,” Chen