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The 3rd MEET IN BEIJING Arts Festival

The year 2002 came the first spring after Beijing won the bid of hosting the Olympics. Meet in Beijing lived up to the world’s expectation with its passion and hospitality. Don Quijote performed by National Ballet of Cuba dazzled former President Jiang Zemin; the musical Tristan and Iseult by Pierre Cardin, with stunning costumes and plots, unfolded an ancient romantic tragedy; the Chinese opera Sima Qian was performed by Shaanxi Theatre in Beijing; National Ballet of Spain, the Royal Shakespeare Company, and a big concert by Australian queen of songs Tina Arena were all evidence of artistic diversity and refined taste of Meet in Beijing.

Of course, the festival continued to serve as the platform for Chinese audience to enjoy cultural diversity and harmony. Twenty-two foreign art troupes, 15 domestic art troupes and 9 mahjor exhibitions all made one of the largest Asian art festivals in springtime full of irresistible charm.

2002  Performance
Opening Performance

China Central Ballet

“Silent Dawn Here”, China National Drama Theatre

“Greetings of Spring”, China Song and Dance Company

“Blue Romance”, Oriental Songs and Dance Company

China National Symphony Orchestra

China Peking Opera Theatre

“Mulan”, China Opera and Dance Company

“Madame Butterfly”, China Central Opera Company

Large-scale traditional Chinese concert “Music Pavilion”, China Chinese Orchestra

“Lullaby”, China Children’s Theater

China Puppet Theatre

Beijing Symphony Orchestra

“Forever Rhythm”, Beijing Song and Dance Arts Centre

5.27 Pop Concert

Large-scale stage show “Taiji Era”

Musical “Tristan and Yseult”

Solo Pop Concert of Tina Arena

Spanish Royal Dance Company

“Don Quixote”, the National Ballet of Cuba

“TMSO”Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra

Berliner Symphoniker

“The Merchant of Venice”, the Royal Shakespeare Company

“The Seven Against Thebes”, the National Organization of Cyprus

Austrian Plant Contemporary Dance Company

“For Peace”, Korean Star Arts Ensemble

Russian Samarra Ensemble

The Art Troupe Slovak

Mongolian Song and Dance Ensemble

“Because of Dream”, Japanese Comet Musical Theatre

Japan Kyogen (Itsumi) Troupe

Tokyo Ballet Company

Greek Dance Theatre

The Arts Troupe of Cameroon

2002  Exhibition

Ukrainian Art

Jiangsu Culture

70 Years of Art, an exhibition of works by Taiwanese painter Liu Kuo-sung

Book, painting and crafts of Korea

Photography: Beijing Present and Past

1st Exhibition of 20 Chinese Contemporary Calligraphers and 46th Exhibition of 20 Japanese Contemporary Calligraphers

Ink stones and Calligraphies from China and Japan: an exhibition for commemorating the 30th anniversary of the regulated diplomatic relationship between China and Japan

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