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Leaders attend opening of minority art festival

Updated: Aug 19,2016 10:30 AM     Xinhua

President Xi Jinping, Premier Li Keqiang, and Yu Zhengsheng, chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, Liu Yunshan, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, meet with representatives of performers before an opening gala of the Fifth Minorities Art Festival in Beijing, capital of China, Aug 18, 2016. President Xi Jinping, Premier Li Keqiang and other senior leaders joined over 3,000 spectators to watch the gala on Aug 18 in Beijing. [Photo/Xinhua]

BEIJING — President Xi Jinping, Premier Li Keqiang and other senior leaders watched an opening gala of the Fifth Minorities Art Festival on Aug 18 in Beijing.

Xi Jinping, Li Keqiang, Yu Zhengsheng, Liu Yunshan and other senior leaders joined over 3,000 spectators to watch the gala held at the Great Hall of the People.

The performances, including songs and dances, showcased distinctive cultures of different ethnic groups, under the theme of pursuing solidarity and development, and realizing the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.

Before the gala, the leaders met with representatives of the performers.

The Fifth Minorities Art Festival is sponsored by the State Ethnic Affairs Commission, the Ministry of Culture, the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television, and the Beijing municipal government.

From Aug 16 to Sept 14, more than 7,000 ethnic minority artists will perform a total of 43 shows in Beijing.

President Xi Jinping, Premier Li Keqiang, and Yu Zhengsheng, chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, Liu Yunshan, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, meet with representatives of performers before an opening gala of the Fifth Minorities Art Festival in Beijing, capital of China, Aug 18, 2016. President Xi Jinping, Premier Li Keqiang and other senior leaders joined over 3,000 spectators to watch the gala on Aug 18 in Beijing. [Photo/Xinhua]

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