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Festival of China
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This October the Kennedy Center and the Ministry of Culture of the People's Republic of China present the largest celebration of Chinese performing arts in American history.

The month-long Festival of China will feature over 20 companies, ranging from the traditional to the cutting-edge and encompassing a broad range of visual and performing arts. From opera to orchestra, fireworks to fashion, we will explore all that makes China unique.

Join us on our journey to this new cultural landscape, where East meets West and a deep respect for the past encounters a vibrant vision for the future.
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Transferred Landscape: Contemporary Sculpture from China
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Oct. 1 - 30, 2005 More Information & Tickets Buy Tickets
FREE! Elements of Chinese culture are transformed into modern sculptural expressions by various Chinese artists, juxtaposing the natural with the manual, the traditional with the avant-garde.
Beijing Prepares for the 2008 Olympics
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Oct. 1 - 9, 2005 More Information & Tickets Buy Tickets
FREE! This multimedia display includes photographs and models of the new Olympic Stadium, plus mascots, badges, brochures, and the official Chinese seal for the Beijing Olympiad.
Charming Beijing: Photographs of the Chinese Capital
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Oct. 1 - 30, 2005 More Information & Tickets Buy Tickets
FREE! This large collection of photographs elegantly portrays Beijing's extraordinary past and modern transformation in the new millennium.
Enjoy Beijing: Open-Air Marketplace
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Oct. 1 - 9, 2005 More Information & Tickets Buy Tickets
FREE! Shop old Beijing-style with this re-creation of a Chinese open-air market fair featuring handicrafts made on-site and for sale, including Chinese knots, cloth arts, kites, pinwheels, calligraphy, and painting.
Qin's Terra Cotta Warrior Exhibition
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Oct. 1 - 30, 2005 More Information & Tickets Buy Tickets
The Kennedy Center displays selections from the terra cotta statuary at Emperor Qin's tomb, featuring two life-sized terra cotta warriors and a horse.
Tim Yip's China Red
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Oct. 1 - 30, 2005 More Information & Tickets Buy Tickets
Academy Award(r) winner Tim Yip adds décor and design to the Kennedy Center during the Festival of China, inspired by the  auspicious nature of red in Chinese culture.
Festival of China & Beijing Cultural Week Opening Night Performance
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Sat., Oct. 1, 2005, 7:30 PM More Information & Tickets Buy Tickets
The festival launches with some of Beijing's leading performance ensembles in a dazzling variety of Chinese folk music, dance, Peking opera, costumes, acrobatics, drumming, drama, and much more.
Cai Guo-Qiang's Tornado
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Sat., Oct. 1, 2005, 9:50 PM More Information & Tickets Buy Tickets
FREE! Experience a state-of-the-art pyrotechnics and choreographed fireworks event along the Potomac River, to include an awesome tornado spiraling across and punctuating the sky.
Kites on the Potomac
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Sun., Oct. 2, 2005, 10:00 AM More Information & Tickets Buy Tickets
FREE! Children and adults alike are invited to the Kennedy Center for outdoor kite making and flying activities along the Potomac River. Many colorful and imaginative kites will also be on display.
China National Acrobatic Troupe
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Sun., Oct. 2, 2005 More Information & Tickets Buy Tickets
FREE! The company blends acrobatics, aerial acts, farce, martial arts, vocal imitations, contortionism, magic, plate spinning, umbrella juggling, hand balancing, hoop diving, and more.
Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra, with Lang Lang, piano
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Sun., Oct. 2, 2005, 8:00 PM More Information & Tickets Buy Tickets
International piano sensation Lang Lang joins the GSO for the Yellow River Concerto; the program also includes the Washington premiere of Chen Qigang's Iris dévoilée plus Ye Xiaogang's Suite on Cantonese Music.
The New China Chic
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Oct. 4 - 16, 2005 More Information & Tickets Buy Tickets
Fashion works by Vivienne Tam, Han Feng, Jeffrey Chow, Derek Lam, and other Chinese and Chinese-emigré designers are complemented by jewelry b Cartier and more.
National Ballet of China
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Oct. 4 - 8, 2005 More Information & Tickets Buy Tickets
Oct. 4 & 5, the company performs a thrilling program of mixed repertory. Oct. 7 & 8, the company presents Raise the Red Lantern, based on the smash hit film and directed by Zhang Yimou.
Open Rehearsal: National Ballet of China
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Fri., Oct. 7, 2005, 3:30 PM More Information & Tickets Buy Tickets
Join a ballet scholar for a rare behind-the-scenes view of company members as they prepare onstage for a performance.
Festival of China Trilogy of Modern Dance
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Oct. 7 - 9, 2005 More Information & Tickets Buy Tickets
Three of China's leading dance companies--Beijing Modern Dance Company, City Contemporary Dance Company (Hong Kong), and Guangdong Modern Dance Company--present a thrilling program.
Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra
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Sun., Oct. 9, 2005, 8:00 PM More Information & Tickets Buy Tickets
The ancient meets the avant-garde when the orchestra performs works by Zhao Jiping, Peng Xiuwen, and Tan Dun on traditional Chinese instruments.
Contemporary Chinese Film Series
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Oct. 10 - 26, 2005 More Information & Tickets Buy Tickets
FREE! In recognition of the continuum between cinema and the performing arts, the Kennedy Center offers showings of eight contemporary Chinese films over three weeks.
The China National Peking Opera Company
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Oct. 13 - 15, 2005 More Information & Tickets Buy Tickets
For the first time in 25 years, the company returns with its acclaimed production Female Generals of the Yang Family.
Backstage at the Peking Opera
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Fri., Oct. 14, 2005, 4:30 PM More Information & Tickets Buy Tickets
Tour the set of Female Generals of the Yang Family and explore the intricate process of bringing this acclaimed work to the stage.
Backstage at the Peking Opera
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Fri., Oct. 14, 2005, 4:30 PM More Information & Tickets Buy Tickets
Tour the set of Female Generals of the Yang Family and explore the intricate process of bringing this acclaimed work to the stage.
Backstage at the Peking Opera
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Fri., Oct. 14, 2005, 4:30 PM More Information & Tickets Buy Tickets
Tour the set of Female Generals of the Yang Family and explore the intricate process of bringing this acclaimed work to the stage.
Backstage at the Peking Opera
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Fri., Oct. 14, 2005, 4:30 PM More Information & Tickets Buy Tickets
Tour the set of Female Generals of the Yang Family and explore the intricate process of bringing this acclaimed work to the stage.
Shanghai Symphony Orchestra featuring Tan Dun: China New Wave
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Mon., Oct. 17, 2005, 8:00 PM More Information & Tickets Buy Tickets
Academy Award(r)-winning composer Tan Dun conducts the Washington premiere of his multimedia concerto The Map in a program that also features Chen Xieyang conducting Bright Sheng's Postcards and a Bamboo Flute Concerto by Guo Wenjing.
Shanghai Song and Dance Ensemble
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Oct. 18 - 19, 2005 More Information & Tickets Buy Tickets
The company performs some of its signature works, including Symbols of China and Six Dance Imageries of Zhou Dynasty, a new work featuring a score composed by Tan Dun.
Cathay: Three Tales of China
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Oct. 21 - 23, 2005 More Information & Tickets Buy Tickets
The Washington premiere of this new work using ancient shadow puppetry techniques and cutting-edge multimedia tells stories from three eras in China.
Shen Wei Dance Arts
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Oct. 21 - 22, 2005 More Information & Tickets Buy Tickets
The company's acclaimed works fuse dance, theater, Chinese opera, painting, sculpture, and Western and Eastern cultures.
Ying Quartet
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Thu., Oct. 27, 2005, 7:30 PM More Information & Tickets Buy Tickets
The internationally celebrated quartet presents an evening of "Musical Dim Sum," to include works by Chinese American composers, and Debussy's Quartet in G minor.
Beijing People's Art Theatre: Teahouse
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Oct. 27 - 29, 2005 More Information & Tickets Buy Tickets
The company makes its U.S. debut with its most seminal work by famed Chinese playwright and novelist Lao She, which chronicles the 50-year rise and fall of a teahouse.
Lunchtime Look-In: Teahouse
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Fri., Oct. 28, 2005, 12:00 PM More Information & Tickets Buy Tickets
Bring a lunch, take a seat, and join a moderated discussion with cast members of Teahouse by Beijing People's Art Theatre.
Shaanxi Folk Art Theater
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Sat., Oct. 29, 2005 More Information & Tickets Buy Tickets
 The company makes its U.S. debut with an hour-long performance of shadow puppetry featuring a collection of signature vignettes based on Chinese folklore.
The Image of Shanghai
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Photos by some of the world's best photographers reveal fascinating glimpses of the city's contemporary culture, people, business, and landscape.
*All performances subject to change