Egypt and China celebrate 60 years of diplomatic relations in Luxor

Statues in the Luxor Temple are seen illuminated at night in Luxor, a famous tourism destination in southern Egypt (Xinhua/Pan Chaoyue)

Statues in the Luxor Temple are seen illuminated at night in Luxor, a famous tourism destination in southern Egypt (Xinhua/Pan Chaoyue)

Celebrating the 60th anniversary of Egyptian-Chinese diplomatic relations, a grand scale performance, including some of the most renowned artists and troupes from both countries, will be staged on Thursday 21 January at Luxor Temple, Egypt.

Egyptian newspaper, Al-Ahram reported that among the remarkable guests from China is internationally acclaimed pianist Lang Lang and soprano Ying Huang. Lang Lang will play the fourth movement of Yellow River, the piano concerto based on the renowned Chinese composer Xian Xinghai’s Yellow River Cantata.

In an evening directed by Abdalla Saad, they will celebrate a fusion of traditional Egyptian and Chinese music. It will also include the China Disabled People’s Performing Art Troupe, consisting of deaf performers, who will stage Thousand-hand Guan Yin, the goddess of mercy, a classical dance show inspired by the goddess. The audience will be treated to a troupe of acrobats, also from China.

The Cairo Opera Ballet Company will stage an Arabic and Pharaonic dance, choreographed by the troupe’s artistic director Erminia Kamel.

The artists will also perform the victory scene from Opera Aida and aria ‘Nessun dorma’ from Puccini’s Turandot. The Egyptian soloists of the evening will be soprano Iman Moustafa, mezzo soprano Jolie Faizy, bartone Mostafa Mohamed, bass Abdel Wehad El-Sayed and bass baritone Reda El-Wakil.

This comes as Chinese president Xi Jinping arrives in Cairo on Wednesday to meet his Egyptian counterpart Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi to discuss regional matters and bilateral relations, then will head to Luxor on Thursday, MENA reported.

The Chinese president’s trip to Egypt is part of a larger Middle East tour, the first of its kind in 10 years. He will arrive in Luxor on Thursday to attend the celebration at Luxor temple.

The Egyptian Culture Minister Helmy El-Nemnem arrived in Luxor on Monday to receive his Chinese counterpart who will arrive to Luxor on Tuesday. Both ministers will prepare for Thursday’s celebration.

El-Nemnem said the choice of Luxor temple to hold the celebration comes in the context of supporting tourism by shedding light on Luxor’s Pharaonic monuments for the world to see, according to Al-Ahram.

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