Qixia dragon dance group from NanJing, China

Since the ‘80s of the 20th Century, the art of dragon dance in Qixia area has been extensively renowned and evolved to be a representative art form for the whole region of Nanjing, yet traditional features of dragon dance arts originated from Long Wang Mount have been well preserved.

The Qixia Dragon Dance Group from Nanjin has a long history of development dated back as early as the era of Ming Dynasty. In its aged history, dragon dance was commonly found around Long Wang Mount -  Southeast of Mount Shesang. On every occasion of Nguyen Tieu celebration (the first full-moon day of the year by lunar calendar), villagers from neighboring communities gathered around the Long Wang Mount (literally means King of Dragons’ Mount) to perform ritual dances and make offerings to the King of Dragons. As time goes by, the custom of displaying dragon lanterns was introduced at every house and being passed through generations to date.

From the 1990s to present, along with the development of China, the art of dragon dance in Qixia area has become among major cultural and art forms of Nanjin. Particularly, large dragon dance troupes with their spectacular performances at public squares always receive applause of admiration from the audience. In 1998, Qixia was recognized as the hometown of dragon dance by Jiangsu’s Provincial Department of Culture.

In 1999, the Qixia Dragon Dance Group was rewarded top prize at the China’s Folk Arts Award and won the gold medal in the China’s Dragon Dance Competition. As per Chinese’s belief in good luck and prosperity, the group created the dance “Long Phụng khải tường” (Auspicious Dragon and Phoenix) in 2001 and one year later, it won the Ochna prize in the Nanjing International Arts Festival. In December of 2002, this dance also brought gold medal for the group at the Chinese Folk Arts Contest of Jiangsu province. Auspicious Dragon and Phoenix once again covered itself with glory when it received the award from the 5th Nanjing Literature & Arts Festival in 2005. In 2007, Qixia was officially recognized as the China’s hometown of dragon dance and the art of  dragon dance from Qixia was enlisted as the intangible cultural heritage of Nanjing by the People’s Government of Nanjing City. In 2008, Qixia area was granted as the hometown of  folk dragon dance of China by the Chinese Ministry of Culture.

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