UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritages in China (Ⅲ) (3)

(People's Daily Online) 17:00, May 08, 2023

Strategy for training coming generations of Fujian puppetry practitioners

The item, "Strategy for training coming generations of Fujian puppetry practitioners" was selected on UNESCO's Register of Good Safeguarding Practices in 2012.

Fujian puppetry is a Chinese performing art consisting mainly of string and hand puppetry.

Puppetry in Fujian Province in south-eastern China has developed a set of characteristic techniques of performance and crafting puppets, as well as a repertoire of plays and music.

Since the 1980s, however, the number of young people learning puppetry has diminished due to socioeconomic changes transforming their lifestyles, on the one hand, and the long period of training required to master the sophisticated performing techniques, on the other.

In response, concerned communities, groups and bearers formulated the 2008-2020 Strategy for the Training of Coming Generations of Fujian Puppetry Practitioners. This strategy has witnessed a wide participation of practitioners, local people and educational institutions. In consequence, 200 potential practitioners have received professional training; 20 public puppetry groups have been established; and financial support has been provided to representative bearers.


(Web editor: Zhong Wenxing, Du Mingming)


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