EUYO at the Closing Ceremony of the EU-China Year of Tourism

EUYO performs for the Closing Ceremony of EU-China Tourism Year in Xi'an, China 


17/11/18 - On 17 November 2018 the European Union Youth Orchestra took part in the closing ceremony of EU-China Year of Tourism in Xi'an, Shaanxi province, China at the invitation of DG GROW, the Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs of the European Commission, and the European Union Delegation to China. The performance was curated in partnership with the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the People's Republic of China. 

Xi'an is one of the oldest cities in China, with a long and unique historical heritage of more than 3,000 years, and is home to world-famous tourists attractions such as the Terracotta Army and the ancient city walls. Its importance is underlined by the fact that it was China's first Imperial capital. 

The South Gate of Xi'an city walls was chosen as venue for the occasion, with a light show by NuFormer featuring an explosion of shapes and colours and 3d mappings showcasing European tourists attractions being projected while the European Union Youth Orchestra opened its concert with the imposing Aaron Copland Fanfare for the Common Man, followed by Claudio Monteverdi's prologue to Orfeo, Tilman Susato's Renaissance dances fanfare and the virtuosity of Steve Reich's Music for pieces of wood. Nabucco's ouverture by Giuseppe Verdi preceded the Anthem of Europe from the final movement of Beethoven's 9th Symphony which closed the concert.

The EUYO's return to China follows previous appearances in China in 2017 and 2018 for the Orchestra Exchange Programme in Shanghai with the Shanghai Orchestra Academy, in 2010 as part of Shanghai Expo 2010, in 2008 at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing, and in spring 1984 in Canton (Guangzhou), Shanghai and Beijing.


For further information please contact Daniele Milazzo, EUYO Communications Officer +44 20 7235 7671