Chinese culture is one of the world’s oldest cultures. Important components include ceramics, martial arts, cuisine, visual arts, literature, architecture and Chinese charactersare world famous. In order to offer a full experience and a deeper understanding to Chinese culture, a series of activities of “Experiencing China”has been launched, including tea-savoring, one of the oldest instrument of China—Guqin, traditional Chinese painting, martial art Wing Tsun, paper-cutting, Weiqi (go chess) and calligraphy, etc.
As the top of the “Eight Elegances”(Guqin, weiqi, calligraphy, painting, poetry, drinking, flower-seeing and tea), Guqin is one of the most ancient Chinese traditional musical instruments with a history that is more than 4000 years. Guqin is in the highest status in Chinese culture as an instrument, it represents elegance. It is also an accompaniment for poems. Guqin is the only Chinese instrument that is listed as world-class intangible cultural heritage. Bo Ya, Sima Xiangru, as well as Zhuge Liang, all mastered in Guqin.
Xi’an is the major cradle of Guqin. Chang’an Guqin Art Institute is a professional Guqin research and inheritance institute that is affiliatedto Shaanxi Provincial Culture Department;it is also an institute of intangible cultural heritage of the art and craft of Guqin, as well as a designated unit for the national Guqin grading tests. The institute has given many special concerts in several different places.
Literati Gatheringis a meeting form of literati to get together and exchange their knowledge. Chang’an Guqin Art Institute holds a literati gathering in the first Saturday morning every month. The teachers and students of the institute would communicate about Guqin skills, play Guqin, as well as ensembles of Guqin and Xiao or Xun, Guqin and songs, Guqin and sword-dance, etc.
The literati gathering for June will be held in Silk Road Cultural Street, Tang West Market, which gives us a great opportunityto enjoy a special concert of the most ancient Chinese instrumentup close for FREE, in which you may watch the fingertips striking betweenthe seven strings and hear the strokes between the strings and the wooden surface!
Date and Time: June 3rd, Saturday, 10:00-12:00am
Venue: Ajanta Caves, Silk Road Cultural Street, Tang West Market.
Get seated with your NPU student card.