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Cultural carnival to entertain Hainan residents

Updated: 2018-02-19

The Department of Culture, Radio, Television, Publication and Sports of Hainan Province announced at a Feb 13 news conference that the cultural carnival for the 2018 Spring Festival will include more than 40 activities.

The provincial library will host exhibitions on photography, paintings and operas as well as cultural lectures. A group of public institutions will join hands with enterprises to stage all kinds of entertaining activities to celebrate the upcoming Chinese Lantern Festival, which will fall on March 2.

In addition, book fairs, performances, chess and card games, swimming competitions, ball games, and martial art shows will be held across the province to enrich people's lives.

Children will also enjoy do-it-yourself experiences with various traditional handicrafts, such as paper-cutting and clay sculptures.

Local art troupes and foreign performers will offer Hainan residents different options to celebrate the Spring Festival, including folk dances and songs from ethnic minorities and international music festivals.

Hainan operas and temple fairs will cater to local demand for traditional cultural experiences.

There will be national and international sports events and art shows, including the "Li Chengzhi Cup" National Youth Chess Championship, the Clipper 2017-2018 Round the World Yacht Race in Sanya and the ISY Music Festival.

One of the highlights of the carnival is Toruk, a Cirque du Soleil production that brings the breathtaking world of James Cameron’s film Avatar to stage in Sanya from February to May in 2018.

Other highlights also include a beauty pageant integrating fashion and sports elements and leisure activities combining tourism and fitness.

A sports temple fair organized by the General Administration of Sport and the Provincial Government of Hainan will be held in Sanya from Feb 16 to 22.

People in Sanya can enjoy parties, hip-hop dance shows and a shopping gala during the weeklong temple fair at Haitang Square and five sub-venues across the city.