On May 4th, the opening ceremony of the first Art Week for College Students, co-hosted by Chinese Ballad Singers Association, Shandong Federation of Literary and Art Circles and Publicity Department of the CPC Qingdao Municipal Committee, was held in Qingdao to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the May Fourth Movement. International students from the College of Chinese Language and Culture, Nankai University, were invited to the event, and performed a piece by Jingdong Drum, titled Sending Daughter to College.
The Art Week for College Students aims to support Art associations in colleges to improve their performing skills, create a strong atmosphere of traditional culture and show the achievements of art education in universities and the spirits of the youths. Nearly 60 higher learning institutions in China signed up for the event, including a number of art colleges. In the end, there were 31 programs standing out from more than 100 submitted works, including 18 types of music from 27 colleges and universities.
Jingdong Drum (“Big Drum” Recitative) is a traditional type of art originating from the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region. It has been listed in the list of the first batch of national intangible cultural heritage since 2006. With simple tunes, bright rhythm and amazing rap skills of actors, Jingdong Drum is not only popular in northern China, but is also an attractive to international friends.
The Congolese student Zhang Tao, and Kazakh students Tina, Aixin and Ksyusha at the College of Chinese Language and Culture, are all fans of Jingdong Drum. After coming to China, they received professional trainings in Jingdong Drum Intangible Cultural Heritage Base of College of Chinese Language and Culture, Nankai University, and stand out among their peers. "As an international student, I am very proud to grasp the skills of Jingdong drum in a short period." " said Tina excitedly.
Source: Nankai News
Written by Hao Jingqiu
Edited by Zheng Tingran and Yan Ruoyan