China's Cultural Heritage: Ancient Liangzhu culture inspires symphony and fashion show
Hangzhou News   2021-11-15 14:39   Source:CGTN

(CGTN) In the history of Chinese civilization, there's one culture that has been shrouded in mystery. I'm always amazed how this Neolithic culture from some 4,700 years ago produced the most sophisticated jade works ever discovered by man. Needless to say, the artifacts themselves are enough to fuel and inspire a civilization for another millenium. Recently, it was the inspiration for a symphony performed in Zhejiang Province, where the Liangzhu culture originated. Chen Tong tells us more. 

The music takes us back thousands of years ago to the time of the Liangzhu culture. It flourished in the Yangtze River Delta region. And water is part of the symphony written by renowned composer Mark Chait.

MARK CHAIT Hollywood Musician "I believe Zhejiang has so much culture and not just variety of culture. It has a culture of historical and all the new. It's a mixing of all the different areas of Zhejiang that I think make it very special."

This ancient culture has also inspired a fashion show with dozens of looks reflecting Liangzhu elements such as jade, birds and animals. The designer hopes the show is an adequate tribute to Liangzhu culture which was so diverse and advanced for its time.

XIONG YING, Founder of Xiong Ying Clothing Studio "The 5,000-year-old Liangzhu culture was what inspired me in my show. I brought 32 clothing designs and one scroll painting to reflect the highlights of the Liangzhu culture."

The show was organized by the Zhejiang provincial government, aiming to stimulate more interest in exploring the ancient local culture. Diplomats and representatives from Chinese and foreign cultural and art organizations attended the event.

CHEN TONG Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province "The Liangzhu culture represented the peak of the prehistorical cultural and social development in the Yangtze River Delta region. Combining ancient elements with modern designs, this show aims to present that period of history to a wider audience. Chen Tong, CGTN, Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province."

Author:  Editor:Wang Jian