Barbados will be treated to a Chinese cultural feast by the Henan Cultural Performing Arts Group, one of China’s renowned kung fu and acrobatics troupes, on August 10, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Wildey Gymnasium.
This was revealed during a press briefing by Minister of Culture, Sports and Youth, Stephen Lashley at his ministry’s headquarters at Sky Mall, Haggatt Hall, St. Michael.
Lashley explained that the show was being produced by his ministry, in collaboration with the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China and the National Cultural Foundation.
It will feature Shaolin Kung Fu and acrobatics displays by the Chinese performers and an array of Barbadian cultural presentations from the Pinelands Creative Workshop, Dancin’ Africa, Adrenalin Dancers, Michael Taitt and the Shaggy Bears, Stiltwalkers — Troy Hunte and troupe, Mother Sallies and the Pompasetters Tuk Band.
Calling the upcoming event “a show of a lifetime”, he said: “It is a privilege for us to be able to see the Henan Cultural Performing Arts Group in Barbados. This will be one of those very rare opportunities for the Barbadian public to witness this type of dynamic and exciting performance.”
The culture minister added that “the art forms of kung fu and acrobatics are extremely popular in Barbados and the opportunity for the Henan Cultural Performing Arts Group to perform here, continues to underscore the very rich bond we continue to have with China in the area of cultural collaboration.
“We are very committed to deepening the cultural relations and collaborations between Barbados and China and this is one of those very concrete ways in which we are doing that,” he affirmed, adding that his ministry was in talks with the Chinese Embassy to have Barbadian cultural groups visit China.
Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Barbados, Xu Hong asserted that the Chinese troupe “will bring an unforgettable evening… [And] the chance to experience the exciting mixture of both our cultures”.
He noted that throughout the 36 years of diplomatic relations between Barbados and China, “cultural exchange has always been an integral part and a bright spot of the bilateral relations”.
The Chinese envoy stressed that cultural exchanges were strategic in helping each nation to develop a better understanding of each other.
“Though our two countries are separated by oceans and seas, and though our people have different colours and lifestyles, the unique charm of our cultures bring us together and deepens our friendship,” he said.
The Henan Cultural Performing Arts Group will perform Shaolin Kung Fu, which is an important part of Chinese martial arts and China’s traditional cultural system. They are expected to thrill audiences with various acrobatic techniques.
Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Barbados, Xu Hong and Minister of Culture, Sports and Youth, Stephen Lashley said that the performance of Henan Cultural Performing Arts Group in Barbados is part of the continue cultural collaboration between Barbados and China.
Photo 1 & 2: The Henan Cultural Performing Arts Group will present a Shaolin Kung Fu and Acrobatics on Saturday, August 10 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Wildey Gymnasium.