(Xinhua) -- Cairo’s renowned Saladin Citadel was
packed with Egyptian audience on Monday for a folk music concert
held by the Forbidden City Chamber Orchestra of the Chinese
Conservatory of Music.
The 60-minute concert was part of the
27th edition of Cairo Opera House’s annual Citadel
Music Festival, which is gathering local and international
performances covering all genres.
The two-week festival, running until
Aug. 17, includes 37 concerts from six Arab and foreign
countries, including China, Palestine, Syria, Tunisia, Mexico
The thrilled audience eagerly stood to
watch the Chinese artists performing numerous musical pieces.
Amid joyful atmosphere of a moonlit
breezy night, the cheerful Chinese music show has captivated the
minds and hearts of the audience as the orchestra played festive
and famed Chinese folk melodies.
Reacting to the music, Ola Hussein, a
physician, said it is her first time to watch a live Chinese
“I really love the music, and I feel
it is very close to the Egyptian music,” said Hussein, who came
to the concert with her friends.
The young lady said she is addicted to
the music, adding that she will start following Chinese music as
it “charmed her.”
Hussein’s friend, Aya Mohammed, said
the pieces played by the orchestra sounded amazing and were
flamboyantly ear-catching with the melodies.
“The music was kind of a collection of
the finest nature sounds. I can listen to such melodies for
relaxation,” Mohammed told Xinhua.
Also a physician, said such
performances can help people in Egypt get some knowledge about
the Chinese culture.
A folk music concert, performed by the
Forbidden City Chamber Orchestra of the Chinese Conservatory of
Music, is held in Cairo’s renowned Saladin Citadel on August 13,
2017. (Xinhua photo)
After upgrading the relations between
China and Egypt to a comprehensive strategic partnership in
2014, cultural exchange has been at its peak as artists,
cultural and musical delegations have paid frequent visits.
Through such cultural moves, both
countries want to boost friendly ties and enhance mutual
understandings and future development.
“We have participated in a series of
cultural exchange performances in Egypt, including a Chinese
music class and an indoor concert held at the Chinese Cultural
Center in Cairo,” said Shen Cheng, professor of the China
Conservatory of Music, who is in charge of the Forbidden City
Shen said Egypt is a country along the
routes involved in the Belt and Road Initiative and has a
splendid ancient civilization, adding “it is an honor” to be
part of the cultural exchanges to promote the traditional
friendship between China and Egypt.
“The warm response from audience is
the best proof of the charm of Chinese folk music and the
friendship between the two peoples. We hope more Egyptians will
get to know and love China and Chinese culture through this
cultural exchange,” he explained.
Zhang Zunlian, another professor of
the China Conservatory of Music, said China and Egypt bear
ancient civilizations in the world, both with splendid,
long-standing history and culture.
“Music is borderless and this in-depth
exchange and cooperation with Egyptian musicians has
strengthened the contact and mutual learning of the traditional
music between the two countries,” the professor said.
Zhang said the elegance of Chinese
music and the passion of Egyptian music have their unique charm,
adding that the better connectivity will promote the blending
and complementarities of music among different countries and
“As Chinese music goes out more often
with better promotion, I believe it will become an important
part of world’s music culture and will facilitate better
understanding of Egyptian and Chinese culture,” he added.