Accompanied by Chaoshan drum music, a special feast of Chaozhou opera performances were presented to the audiences in Auckland, New Zealand on the evening of Feb. 21. The performances were well received by all the people present, including Chinese and New Zealanders.
As part of the Chinese Lantern Festival celebrations in Auckland, this was also the premiere of Guangdong Chaozhou opera delegation in New Zealand. Audiences of Chaoshan （Chaozhou and Shantou） origin spoke highly of the Chaozhou opera performances. They were deeply moved by the amiable Chaoshan accent and greetings. Chaozhou Opera is an important carrier of Chaoshan culture. At the same time, it is a significant bond to connect Chaoshan people all over the world.
Zhang Yikun, the Founding President of Chaoshan General Association of New Zealand, said that the Chaozhou opera performances not only made Chaoshan people in New Zealand feel the blessings of Spring Festival from hometown, but also promoted Chinese traditional culture among foreigners.
Today, most overseas Chaoshan people live in Southeast Asia, especially in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Indonesia. Some live in North America, Australia and New Zealand.
In recent years, more and more cultural exchange has been carried out between Chaoshan region and the world. Chaozhou opera is also going global gradually as a goodwill messenger. It not only carries forward the Chaoshan culture, promotes friendly relations, but also facilitates the economic interaction between Chaoshan region and other countries and regions.
(By Monica & Iris)