In the Foshan Division of FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019, the exciting events touched the hearts of the fans. And during the intermission, the fans gave the warmest applause to the lions and martial arts performers in Foshan. After several months of meticulous preparations, the wonderful performances of Foshan cultural elements such as lion dance and martial arts were unveiled at the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup stage.
"Foshan Kung Fu is great!"
"The organizing committee required that the performances of the warm-up and the intermission must reflect the elements of China and Foshan, among which Kung fu and lion dance are the two most representative." Chen Zhongmin, Chief Director of the performance programs of Foshan Division, said a total of five major art categories such as song and dance, martial arts, and lion dance were submitted. Among them, four programs were passed and they boarded the stage of the Basketball World Cup.
On August 31, Xiqiao Minle Primary School conducted the warm-up performance "Foshan Lion dance" in Foshan GBA International Sports and Cultural Center, making the atmosphere plesant. These children who have appeared in important programs such as the Spring Festival Gala have shown the spirit of Foshan people to the audience with wonderful lion dance and mighty boxing. They also show Foshan traditional culture to the audience from all over the world.
Mr. Lin, a local basketball fan, is proud of the display of the Foshan elements. "The Basketball World Cup is an international stage. Fans from all over the world can experience the charm of Foshan culture. It is also conducive to the spread of Foshan culture and let everyone know about Foshan."
When watching the dance performances brought by Foshan, the journalist Jane Kroff from Slovenia recorded the wonderful moments with his mobile phone. He said that although he came to Foshan the day before the first match, he felt the enthusiasm of Foshan in a short period of time. He said that he would not only watch the matches of Basketball World Cup, but also would take time to visit the tourist attractions in Foshan.
On September 2nd, "awakening lion with Lingnan and Foshan style" as a mid-season performance during the group D match between Serbia and the Philippines had a good review. “The fighting part on the spot is as cool as the kung fu shown in the movie. Foshan Kung Fu is great!" Serbian fan Desmond praised Foshan Kung Fu.
Tailored to show Foshan characteristics
"Chinese kung fu has a high level of awareness at home and abroad. The festive lion dance is very popular among the public. How to combine the two and arrange new programs is quite difficult." Chen Zhongmin said that especially these programs serve for world cup and the venue factors must be first considered.
During the performance, actors must use the entire stadium as the stage. The arrangement of the movements and the design of the position need to be considered reasonably; the main users of the venue are the players, and therefore the performance can not damage the ground. Chen Zhongmin said that from the arrangement, selection of people to programs, the performance team of more than 200 people spent several months preparing.
It is reported that due to the high quality of the cultural programs arranged in the Foshan Division, the organizing committee decided to increase the original 9 performances to 11 performances.
Cheers for Foshan culture！