Festival To Explore Cultural, Artistic Ties To Inner Mongolia

Sep 23, 2013

LEXINGTON, Ky. - The links between two seemingly disparate cultures will be explored artistically this week at the University of Kentucky.

Inner Mongolian dancers
Inner Mongolian dancers
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UK's Confucius Institute and the College of Fine Arts are teaming up with counterparts in Inner Mongolia for a one of a kind festival.

"One week of performances, and master classes and juried art exhibitions...art produced by their students, our students, their faculty, our faculty," said Michael Tick, dean of the UK College of Fine Arts.

Tick adds that Living Landscapes will be a cultural exploration of the people, lands, and livelihoods of Inner Mongolia and Kentucky.

"Dance concerts, indigenous dance to Inner Mongolia, and then of course our primarily American musical theater dance...we also will have horsehead fiddle players playing with our symphony orchestra.  They'll also be performing with the Red State Ramblers, as part of Ron Pen's Appalachia in the Bluegrass series.  It's a cornucopia of arts events."

And that also includes a demonstration of the ancient art of throat singing.  All the events are free and open to the public. 

The festival is the brainchild of Huajing Maske, director of UK's Confucius Institute.  She says Living Landscapes is just part of an evolutionary process of cultural collaborations.

"We have had a lot what you would call exchanges where you have both sides but this is really mingling together; master classes where the two sides are together, and then producing results, then shows.  So, I think this is really amazing, but not only that...the fact that we have plans to carry this on."

Those plans include a future cross-cultural festival in China.

Complete details are available here.