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Year of China officially kicks off in S. Africa

(People's Daily Online)  Zhang Jiexian  2015-03-16 05:56

The University of Pretoria Youth Choir performs a traditional South African folk song. (People's Daily Online/Zhang Jiexian)
 
Chinese and South African singers sing Shosholoza in chorus, whose voices blend marvelously. (People's Daily Online/Zhang Jiexian)
Hundreds of musicians of Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra, one of the top orchestras in China, traveled all the way from China to SA to give out the performance. (People's Daily Online/Zhang Jiexian)
 
Pretoria, March 16 (People's Daily Online) — Concert for the Grand Opening of the Year of China in South Africa was held on Sunday. Hundreds of musicians of Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra traveled all the way from China to SA, performing with local artists to celebrate the event.
 
Chinese President Xi Jinping and South African President Jacob Zuma exchanged congratulatory messages to mark the occasion.
 
With the Year of China officially launched in SA, over 200 relevant activities are taking place this year, in all nine provinces and major cities in SA, covering areas of politics, economy and trade, culture, education and technology.


Chinese and South African singers sing Shosholoza in chorus, whose voices blend marvelously. (People's Daily Online/Zhang Jiexian)

Hundreds of musicians of Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra, one of the top orchestras in China, traveled all the way from China to SA to give out the performance. (People's Daily Online/Zhang Jiexian)

Ambassador Tian Xuejun (L1), Minister Luo Shugang of Culture (L2), Minister Nathi Mthethwa of Department of Art and Culture (R2), and General Secretary Ambassador Jerry Matjila of DIRCO jointly open the music score, symbolizing the opening of a new chapter of the bilateral relations. (People's Daily Online/Zhang Jiexian)

SA young pianist Lezanti Van Sittert plays the grand piece Yellow River with Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra. (People's Daily Online/Zhang Jiexian)
 
The University of Pretoria Youth Choir performs a traditional South African folk song. (People's Daily Online/Zhang Jiexian)

Hundreds of musicians of Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra, one of the top orchestras in China, traveled all the way from China to SA to give out the performance. (People's Daily Online/Zhang Jiexian)