BEIJING, Feb. 4 (Xinhua) -- China will stage the largest exhibition of
intangible cultural heritage items in its history here from Feb. 9 to 23,
according to the Ministry of Culture.
Feb. 9 marks the Lantern Festival, part of the Lunar New Year occasions,
which has its own set of traditions that will be part of the exhibit.
The event is intended to showcase the progress in protecting intangible
The show will involve activities such as paper-cut paintings, printing,
pottery, carving, tea brewing, embroidery and traditional medicine, an official
of the ministry told Xinhua on Wednesday.
Another key category will be cooking, featuring 230 famous restaurants from
across the country, including Quanjude roast duck.
The show will include 133 items of folk arts and crafts on the list of
state- and province-level intangible heritage items. Fourteen state-level
masters and 130 representative heirs to those arts and crafts will be invited to
give live performances.
In addition, 1,176 folk artists will take part in the show, with 2,322
Zhou Heping, vice minister of culture, said, "The show is intended to
showcase the varied and profound traditional Chinese culture and raise public
awareness of cultural heritage protection."
The activity will be jointly sponsored by the Ministry of Culture, the
National Development and Reform Commission, the Beijing municipal government and
14 other organizations related to intangible cultural heritage protection.
In November, the central government said it would give a yearly stipend of
8,000 yuan (about 1,160 U.S. dollars) to hundreds of people designated as heirs
to folk arts, crafts and rituals, many of which are in danger of dying out as
the number of those who know them dwindles.