2009 China (Qufu) International Confucius Cultural Festival kicked off last night in Qufu, Shandong province, the hometown of Confucius -- the greatest thinker of China.
In the wake of the 2,560th anniversary of Confucius’s birth this year, a series of activities are held to commemorate Confucius’s great contributions to Chinese culture as well as to strengthen international cultural exchanges and promote cultural heritage and national identity.
A large-scale singing and dancing drama - “Confucius” - made debut at last night’s opening ceremony. This drama is expected to become a regular event performed every year.
Confucius Cultural Festival has been held around Confucius’s birthday - September 28 - every year since 1984. This year’s event is co-sponsored by the provincial government of Shandong, the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Education and the National Tourism Administration.