Members of the Cultures of China, Festival of Spring arts troupe gather with guests after the 2016 performance held at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts on Feb 27
|in Toronto. NA LI /CHINA DAILY|
After a successful debut in Toronto five years ago, the Cultures of China, Festival of Spring Chinese New Year celebration was back with another performance at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts on Feb 27 in Toronto.
Organizers said it brought the warmth of home to the Chinese community overseas and offered a warm invitation to local Canadians to experience the beauty of Chinese culture.
"Amazing! It was a great way to celebrate the Spring Festival with the traditional Chinese performances," a Canadian in the audience told China Daily.
To celebrate the beginning of the year of the Monkey, Cultures of China, Festival of Spring made Toronto the final stop of its 2016 North American Tour.
A state-level professional troupe of artists from China showcased the fusion of sound and visuals to present traditional and modern Chinese styles. The one-time performance in Toronto featured Shaolin Temple kung fu, acrobatics, dance, folk songs by celebrated artists, and more.
The Chinese entertainers also collaborated with local artists and performance groups to bring a more localized and varied show to the audience.
Cultures of China, Festival of Spring is organized by the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council. Since first launched in 2009, it has been performed more than 320 times for 4 million spectators in more than 90 countries and 220 cities around the globe. It is "the largest Chinese state-level New Year Gala overseas".