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Yearender: Top 10 cultural events from 2016 | Updated: 2016-12-15 09:19

Yearender: Top 10 cultural events from 2016

Both William Shakespeare and Tang Xianzu were pioneers in using dreams as a vehicle to explore alternative aspects of the human psyche which, in both their cases, was unique at the time. [Photo/]

6. Celebrating the 400th death anniversary of great playwright Tang Xianzu

A series of cultural events were held this year to mark the 400th death anniversary of Tang Xianzu (1550-1616), a celebrated playwright, whom fans call "China's William Shakespeare".

The Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) playwright from Fuzhou composed more than 2,000 poems and essays, most of which were written during his later years. He is particularly remembered for his four plays - The Peony Pavilion, The Purple Hairpin, Record of the Southern Bough and Record of Handan - collectively known as The Four Dreams of Linchuan.

Since the great English playwright William Shakespeare also died in 1616, a series of events, including seminars, forums and performances were held in the UK and China to honor the two masters this year.


Yearlong events to celebrate Tang Xianzu

Two dramatists, one world apart

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