"A Moon-moment to Remember"Series of Activities for 2021 Mid-Autumn Festival
The Mid-Autumn Festival is an important traditional festival of the Chinese nation. With ancient legends and touching stories, it embodies mankind's vision for a harmonious and happy life. The Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the UAE invites you to join Mid-Autumn Festival cultural event series “Mid-Autumn Festival: A Moon-moment to Remember” hosted by the Bureau of International Exchange and Cooperation of China’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism, jointly organized by the Network of International Culturalink Entities, overseas China Cultural Centers and China Tourism Offices.
The theme of this activity is based on traditional Mid-Autumn Festival culture, focusing around four major section which include “Mid-Autumn Festival Classics”, “Food Delicacies of Mid-Autumn”，“Mid-Autumn Ode to Music”, “Mid-Autumn Poetry and Chorale”, promoting culture and tourism through virtual exhibitions, online concerts, food workshops, short videos, mini training classes and other forms of rich and colorful activities. The festival will promote Chinese traditional festivals and cultural customs in a comprehensive and three-dimensional way, convey the value of "family harmony, social harmony", and express the best wishes for “reunion, harmony and health”.
Let us meet the clouds, across time and space, beyond the country, standing on the same planet, looking at the same round moon, telling the stories of the heart and spending a colorful Mid-Autumn Festival together!
With the theme of "Mid-Autumn Festival, A Moon moment to Remember-Xinjiang is a Nice Place", it focus on the traditional Chinese festival Mid-Autumn Festival through virtual reality technology. This VR tour is composed of five experience content sections: Dance in Xinjiang, Travel in Xinjiang, Food in Xinjiang, Instruments in Xinjiang and Love in Xinjiang, and integrates elements of Xinjiang's culture, art, history, and humanities to take a panoramic view of the natural landscape, experience the local Mid-Autumn Festival cuisine, and share a harmonious and friendly reunion atmosphere.
2. Charm of Mid-Autumn Festival Children's Animated Short Video Shows
Themed on the Mid-Autumn Festival, this programme presents three short animated videos for children, in the form of 2D, 3D and stop motion, respectively, which draw inspiration from the traditional culture, customs, myths and legends related to the Mid-Autumn Festival while incorporating elements of traditional Chinese operas. They convey the wishes for family reunion, harmony and health. All of the videos are original works created by young animators from the National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts. Besides the animated works, it also presents the behind-the-scenes footage.
3. Micro Documentary: Journey of Chinese Local Culture
With the “cultural + tourism” boundless narrative way, Micro Documentary: Journey of Chinese Local Culture focuses on the unique charm of Chinese local culture and tourism. During the Mid-autumn Festival 2021, the first episode A Panda Home Tour will be presented to the audience .
4. Flavor of Mid-Autumn Festival: Chinese Culinary Culture Video Series
The Chinese are fastidious about their food, and that is displayed to its fullest extent during the traditional Mid-Autumn. Snow Skin Mooncake、Osmanthus-flavored Steamed Lotus Root Stuffed with Glutinous Rice、Kumquat Tea、Osmanthus and Red Bean Glutinous Rice Balls、Refreshing Pudding…these seasonal desserts are particularly distinctive. Watch the beautiful full moon and smell the fragrance of the osmanthus blossoms. The taste of the Chinese Mid-Autumn is the taste of reunion, hopes and dreams. “Flavor of Mid-Autumn Festival: Chinese Culinary Culture Video Series” is a project introducing simple pastries and drinks with short videos, coupled with an overview of culinary culture surrounding the Mid-Autumn Festival. These works present festive cuisine and health preservation traditions during the season.
5. “Shared Moon, Shared Happiness” Mid-autumn Festival Concert
Mid-Autumn Festival, one of the important traditional festivals in China rich in profound cultural connotation, embodies the deep aspirations of the Chinese nation for family reunion, ethnic unity, and social harmony. Under the same bright moon, countries and ethnic groups across the world look out for each other, working together to build the global village into a community with a shared future for mankind. To celebrate the festival, we are presenting a wonderful folk concert featuring rich traditional Chinese culture. As a brand event for the festival, the concert themed “common moonlight shining on China” is jointly launched by the Centre of International Cultural Exchange and China National Opera & Dance Drama Theater, and presented by the National Orchestra of China National Opera & Dance Drama Theater. The selected classic Mid-Autumn festival programs, multi-angle shooting and live performance, and the input of China tourism resources video allow the global audience to appreciate the bright mid-autumn moon, admire the high-quality Chinese folk music, and enjoy the beautiful rivers and mountains of China at home.
6. A Moon moment to Remember: a Selection of Music Masterpieces Performed by Masters Celebrating Mid-Autumn Festival
The classics will be played by means of "cloud performance", and the great wishes for "family concord, social harmony and world peace" will be delivered by music during the Mid-Autumn Festival, the traditional Chinese festival. Well-known Chinese artists of Song Fei and Wu Yuxia along with many other national first-class performers will be invited to play those classical music pieces renowned at home and abroad, and the Mid-Autumn Festival-themed music video of "Time Together Across the World - Performance Artists Hold Gala Celebrating Mid-Autumn" will be created through recorded special scenes and late composition to extend the most sincere holiday greetings to Chinese people at home and abroad.
7. Mid-Autumn Festival in Traditional Chinese Paintings：Art Appreciation Microclass
National painting, as a traditional Chinese painting art form, is unique and holds a high reputation in the worldwide panorama of fine arts. Since ancient times, there has been a proliferation of Chinese paintings featuring the Mid-Autumn Festival as the theme. Depict wonderful scenes of Mid-Autumn reunions, raising a toast under the full moon, and enjoying the beautiful evening together with loved ones. It expresses people's reminiscences of their hometown, and their great expectations and hope for a good harvest. While displaying representative Chinese paintings featuring the culture of the Mid-Autumn Festival, the project has also added animations to enhance narrative plots, restore colors and inspire viewers’ imagination. The deeper meanings beyond the pictures allow the audience to have a tangible grasp of Chinese painting art, as well as an immersive experience of the Mid-Autumn Festival culture.