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24 Hours: Celebrating ancient China

By 24 HOURS NEWS SERVICES, Jan. 3, 2007-

It’s a snapshot of the millennia of artistic China, a global cross-cultural pageant of a concert that in the next three months will be seen by 100,000 people globally.

It is the Chinese New Year Spectacular, a highly-charged, vividly-coloured entertainment of dragons, drums, dance and costumes, plus vocals and instrumentalists. And, true to its multi-cultural mission, it also includes some ballet of the western variety.

In Vancouver for a second year, a matinee has been added to the one-day event at the 2,500-seat Queen Elizabeth Theatre. The aim of the show’s sponsor, New Tang Dynasty TV, is to expose society to traditional cultures, according to Patrick Dong, show coordinator and NTDTV executive director in Vancouver.

“It is a truly cross- cultural event suitable for all the family,” he added. Central to the show is the belief that China’s ancient culture was a gift from the heavens and so deserves its “land of the divine” accolade underscored by the themes of love, compassion and virtue in the triumph of good over evil.

The Chinese New Year Spectacular is at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre tonight with a 2 p.m. matinee and evening performance at 8.

Tickets, from $30, at 604-683-2202 and http://www.ticket.ntdtv.com/Vancouver.

( read from the 24 Hours Vancouver website )

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