Opera by the book at children's fair

Ke Jiayun
Publisher invites a Peking opera master to share her experiences with young people at the international gathering in the city next weekend.
Ke Jiayun

Children will be introduced to traditional Chinese culture at next weekend's China Shanghai International Children's Book Fair.

Zhejiang Juvenile and Children's Publishing House has invited Wang Peiyu, a Peking Opera artist known for her role as Lao Sheng (senior male), to create a series of paper and audio books called "Peking Opera is Really Interesting" to promote the traditional culture to young children.

Children can scan QR codes to see videos of Peking Opera performances.

Wang will visit the book fair next Saturday to share her experiences with young readers.

Meanwhile, Duoyun Education, the children's brand of the Duoyunxuan Arts Center, will attend the fair for the first time with a series of art courses including those in traditional woodblock printing, an intangible cultural heritage.

Shanghai Printing Group will bring its movable-type rubbing plate for children to try this traditional printing method.

Shanghai-based Juvenile and Children's Publishing House will have its books translated into more languages with cooperation agreements signed with publishers from Spain, Russia and Italy.

Shanghai Educational Publishing House and Shanghai Music Publishing House are also taking part in the fair. 

This year's book fair is attracting 418 publishers from 32 countries and regions with 102 professional guests. Around 40,000 visitors are expected.

Book fair events will also be held in local libraries, bookstores, art centers and theaters.

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