National Ensembles of Georgia astound Beijing

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Beijing has just hosted an impressive concert of folk music from Georgia. Located at the crossroads of Western Asia and Eastern Europe, the country may be 1,000 miles from China, but the cultural ties between the two nations are thriving.

On the occasion of Georgia Cultural Day, two national song-and-dance ensembles have visited the capital for a grand performance. Our reporter Liu Wenwen was there.

It's like a cool breeze coming over the mountains of Georgia to the hot summer in Beijing. Elaborately choreographed numbers wow the packed house at Tianqiao Theater.

The artists showcase the richness and diversity of Georgian folk art. They come from two of the most famous national ensembles in Georgia: the Rustavi ensemble, founded in 1968, and the Batumi Ensemble founded in 1992.

In fact, the two ensembles have visited various Chinese cities over the years. But they are still amazed by the warm reception here in the capital.

Anyzor Ergomaishvili, artistic director of Georgian National Ensembles, said, "It's a successful concert and I'm touched by the enthusiasm of the audience. The folk music and dance reflect the unique culture, history and traditions of Georgia. I'm really happy that the audience loves our performances. "

Georgian folk music and folk dancing date back centuries, and are the biggest parts of Georgian culture. The ensembles have toured many countries around the world, and are hailed as cultural ambassadors.

It's the first time for the National Ensemble of Georgia to visit Beijing in 6 years. And it's not just the audience that's excited.

Archil Kalandia, first secretary of Embassy of Georgia in China, said, "For me personally it may be one of the happiest days of my life. Our cultural ties are getting even more active. And one of the most important priorities of the Embassy of Georgia in China is to deepen and develop culture relations with China. I'm more than sure that this concert will help the Chinese people to know Georgia better to know Georgian culture and Georgian history better. "

The next stop for the two ensembles in China is the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. There, they hope to continue their message of goodwill between the two nations.


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