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Dos Art Festival to take fashionable and artistic side of Xinjiang on nationwide tour of China
Published: Apr 14, 2021 11:38 AM
Artists prepare to perform during a culture and tourism festival themed on Dolan and Qiuci culture in Awat County of Aksu Prefecture, northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous region, Oct. 25, 2019.(Photo: Xinhua)

Artists prepare to perform during a culture and tourism festival themed on Dolan and Qiuci culture in Awat County of Aksu Prefecture, northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous region, Oct. 25, 2019.(Photo: Xinhua)

The fashionable and artistic side of the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region will be shown to visitors nationwide in China as the Dos Art Festival, or DosArtFest, is set to tour across the country. The tour is set to kick off in Beijing on April 28.

More than 50 artists born in Xinjiang will gather at the Beijing Auto Space from April 28 to May 4 for an exhibition hosted by the Gaotai Gallery. Through their art, these photographers, musicians and painters, will demonstrate the beauty of and their love for Xinjiang.

Festivals organizers explained that Dos is short for dost, the Uygur word for "friends." 

"We hope everyone who can come to the art festival can become good friends," the organizer noted.

During the day, a variety of exhibitions will be open to visitors, including a photo and a painting exhibition. Ma Hailun, a young Chinese photographer born in Xinjiang, told the Global Times on Tuesday that she was invited to attend the event and display her works.

"This time I will take my photos about Kazakh brides and series about cowboys to the event," the photographer said. 

She also talked to the gallery about setting up an installation work featuring Xinjiang scenery so visitors can take photos of themselves visiting local scenic places without having to travel to the region.

Ma has taken several photos series dedicated to Xinjiang and the people living in the region. She said her aim is to use these photos to debunk some of the stereotypes people may have about the beautiful multi-ethnic place and add a layer of cool to the region in the minds of others.

There will be other Xinjiang artists across a range of ages, such as Zhang Yonghe, who was born in Xinjiang in 1960. Zhang has held many personal exhibitions in various cities such as Beijing and Shanghai and is considered one of the first generation of modern Xinjiang artists.

Besides photos and paintings, other new and trendy art forms will also feature at the event. DONIS, a young graffiti artist, will offer the festival a helping hand with his works. The graffiti artist enjoys spray painting words in the Uygur language using Chinese characters or English letters. 

At night, musicians from different schools and young film directors will present their works on stage.

Sanubar Tursun, one of the most famous Uygur folk singers in the world, will perform at one of five concerts. Additionally, Xinjiang band JAM, which means "union" in the Uygur language, will also perform a concert using the traditional Uygur instruments.

Eight young directors have been invited to share their films at the event. These works will focus on the changing lifestyles in cities, rural areas and grasslands, as well as try to touch on the social issues such as LGBTQ rights.

After the Beijing leg, the festival will tour to major cities such as Shanghai, Hangzhou in East China's Zhejiang Province and Shenzhen in South China's Guangdong Province.


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