2014 “Water Cube Cup” Chinese Songs Singing Contest: Overview

 

On July 20, 55 singing stars gathered at the Water Cube for the contest finals. They were selected from among the more than 1,500 participants who won out in the divisional series held in 23 countries and regions. The number of participants, especially foreign nationals of Chinese origin, was more than in any previous session.

 

During the nearly 20-day stay in Beijing, they visited the Bird’s Nest, toured Houhai, climbed the Great Wall, learned to sing Peking Opera and watched acrobatic and Wushu performances. They also received vocal and physical training before going through the preliminaries and elimination round to the finals. The award presentation ceremony was held at the Nationalities Theater on the evening of August 8.

 

The previous three sessions had the participation of more than 3,000 singers from more than 30 countries and regions. The 2014 edition witnessed four more divisional series held in Russia, Switzerland, Argentine and Chile. The overseas division series held 51 preliminary and elimination rounds and 28 finals, attracting a total audience of about 20,000.

 

Water Cube, a witness to the blood relations of Chinese worldwide, has become a platform for overseas youth to display their talents, know about their ancestral homes and carry forward Chinese culture.

 

“Water Cube Cup” is an embodiment of a rallying power. Thanks to the efforts by overseas Chinese organizations, the quality of the singers has become higher and higher, hence the greater popularity of the event. To commend the achievements of overseas Chinese organizations, Best Organization Awards were presented to the Beijing Society of Australia, Canadian Association for the Promotion of Chinese Culture, the Performing Artists Association of Malaysia, the Beijing Association of Greater Washington, the Mongolia Overseas Chinese Friendship School, the All-China Chamber of Commerce in Portugal, CCTV Chinese Channel of Thailand and the New Zealand Federation of Chinese Organizations. Twenty other overseas Chinese organizations were awarded for their outstanding contributions.