2015 NYCOS Cultural Exchange Festival

Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts

3 Spruce Street
New York, NY 10038

This November 6th and 7th, The New York Chinese Opera Society (NYCOS) will present "The Ninth Annual Cultural Exchange Festival", celebrating the aesthetics of Chinese opera as well as the cultural exchange between the Americans and the Chinese. We also cooperate with the Confucius Institute at PaceUniversity in the NYCOS Essay Award. Since 2007, our annual Cultural Exchange Festival includes essay awards, authentic Chinese Opera performances, free public lectures and calligraphy exhibitions. As for this year, the Cultural Exchange Festival will continue to serve as one of the most preeminent events in New York City, celebrating the rich diversity of the cultural development.

This year's annual festival kicks off with NYCOS Essay Award. Open to all students at Pace, NYCOS Essay Award aims to arise more interests in students in conducting in-depth research on Chinese culture. Essays on any topic relating to Chinese art, history or culture that may generate discussion, conversation or debate are welcome. Essay submission is due on Friday, October 16th. Prize-giving ceremony will be held on Monday, November 2nd.

At this year's Cultural Exchange Festival, we feature Phoenix Returns to Its Nest, a Peking Opera classic. Phoenix Returns to Its Nest is a comedy which was first brought to the Peking Opera stage by Mei Lanfang in 1929. Mei was a highly honored and respected Peking Opera artist in modern history since he successfully invigorated the rich traditions of Peking Opera in his performances. On Saturday at 2pm, November 7th, we are honored to have Xiao Di, a First-rank Chinese artist, to act the leading role in the performance at MichaelSchimmelCenter for the Arts at PaceUniversity.

Xiao Di is the disciple of Mei Baojiu and a third-generation artist of the MeiSchool.  She will play Cheng Xue'e, the leading role of this Peking Opera comedy. Besides performing, Xiao Di also devotes herself in the research and the education aspects of the Peking Opera. She advocates for innovation and promotion of the value of this great Chinese cultural heritage. She'll also be giving a lecture at PaceUniversity on Friday, November 6th, one day prior to the Peking Opera performance.

Through the promotion of Chinese culture and opera, New York Chinese Opera Society envisions a more vibrant and dynamic cultural environment in New York City by exploration and collaboration so as to create cultural excitement. We believe that reaching out to the communities and presenting culture activities as well as opera performances to the public can profoundly enhance the cultural experience shared by all.

For more information, please visit www.nycos.org. We can be contacted at mail@nycos.org or at (212)-227-2920. We look forward to your participation at NYCOS 2015 Cultural Exchange Festival!


Saturday, 07 November, 2015


Yilin Wang

Phone: 2122272920



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