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Song: Chrysanthemums Blooming Every Year
A time tunnel across the river emerges from nowhere. Children with chrysanthemum lanterns in their hands sing in boats as if they were from a thousand years ago.
Chorus: The Yellow River
A prolonged sound of Kaifeng Xiangfu Opera comes first, which means "the yellow river coming from the sky". Performers beat drums named Pan'gu fast. Listening to the rhythm, we can imagine the swift-running Yellow River and the struggling people in Kaifeng.
Kaifeng, a city on the bank of the Yellow River, gathers the indomitable spirit of the mother river and leads its people to a brighter future.
Live-Action Performance: The River All Red
Live-Action Performance: Dance of the Army
Live-Action Performance: Butterflies in Love with Flowers
Live-Action Performance: Drunken in the East Wind
Live-Action Performance: Dongjing, Capital of the Northern Song Dynasty: A Dream of Splendor (Excerpt)
Kaifeng, the capital of eight dynasties, resembles a treasurable pearl along the Yellow River. It features a grand river culture and the splendid culture of the Northern Song Dynasty. The show reproduces a grand country of the past and presents Song Ci, a classical Chinese poetry, before us.
Song and Dance Show: Chrysanthemums in Water
The show tells us a story of chrysanthemums in the city. The flowers grow in the water from buds to blooms, turning the city into a golden world.
The performance commences now.
The Prelude: The Yellow River Coming from the Sky
Flowing all the way to Kaifeng, the Yellow River has been nurturing the city's culture. The sound of the piano brings us to Kaifeng, which is filled with the fragrance of chrysanthemums, on the bank of the Yellow River.
Liu Yujiang, vice governor of the People's Government of Henan Province, gives a speech. He says, "During the past 37 years, the Kaifeng Chrysanthemum Cultural Festival has accumulated much experience and witnessed great improvement. The festival has become a good example for Henan to go global and let the world to learn about the province. With the opportunity provided by the Chrysanthemum Cultural Festival, we can find new methods of cooperation and new fields of mutual benefits and win-win outcome. We hope that all guests can come to Henan to learn about the profound historical culture of the Central Plains, feel the brand new progress of the province and share the development opportunities on the Central Plains"
Hou Hong, secretary of Kaifeng municipal party committee, delivers a welcome speech. She says, "During this year's Chrysanthemum Cultural Festival, on the premise of following COVID-19 prevention and control requirements, we will organize a series of activities, such as the Digital Culture Conference. As the host of the event, we will do our best to provide various services so as to bring a festival feast featuring the spirit of Yellow River, the fragrance of the chrysanthemum and the charm of the Song culture."
Gao Jianjun, deputy secretary of Kaifeng municipal party committee and mayor of Kaifeng city, presides over the opening ceremony.
The festival will kick off on October 18 and draw to a close on November 18, lasting for a month. With the theme of “Telling the Story of the Yellow River, Decorating the Capital of Eight Dynasties with Chrysanthemums”, it aims to show people's affection for their mother river, the fragrance of chrysanthemums and the culture of the Song Dynasty. At the same time, it integrates the Chinese traditional culture, the chrysanthemums culture and the Song culture with the concept of green, ecological and sustainable development, presenting Kaifeng's splendid history, rich culture, gorgeous modern image and bright future. The festival is a visual feast of chrysanthemums with both the spirits of the time and Kaifeng's characteristics.
As the mother river of Kaifeng, the capital of eight dynasties, the Yellow River has witnessed the massive history and nurtured the residents of the city. In autumn, chrysanthemums cover the city like a gold-thread dress. Their fragrance fills the city and enchants its people. With the theme of “Telling the Story of the Yellow River, Decorating the Capital of Eight Dynasties with Chrysanthemums”, the 38th Chrysanthemum Cultural Festival will kick off in Kaifeng. It will present people's affection for their mother river, the fragrance of chrysanthemums and the culture of the Song Dynasty. As the event has become more internationalized and fashionable with stronger cultural atmosphere, it starts a new Kaifeng chapter of the "Yellow River Cantata", serving as a feast of culuture, a festival of people and a platform of cooperation.