Media Advisory/Photo Opportunity - Edmonton hosts Beijing Opera Troupe

    Canada's Cultural Capital only stop on Canadian visit

    EDMONTON, March 22 /CNW/ - Edmonton Mayor Stephen Mandel will greet
China's Ambassador to Canada, His Excellency Lu Shumin, during a reception to
welcome the Mei Langfang Peking Opera Troupe on their visit to Alberta's
    The media is invited to attend.
    The private reception is hosted by the Edmonton Beijing Opera
Association. The reception will include a sampling of Beijing Opera

                 Date:      Friday, March 23, 2007
                 Time:      5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.
                 Location:  City Room, 1st Floor City Hall

    One of China's top-ranking opera companies, the Mei Langfang Peking Opera
Troupe is scheduled to present Blossoms in the Snow - Night of Beijing Opera
at the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium on March 24 and 25.
    Edmonton, Canada's Cultural Capital for 2007, is honoured to be the only
Canadian host city for the Mei Langfang Peking Opera Troupe. Beijing opera is
widely regarded as the highest expression of the Chinese culture and is rarely
performed in other countries.

    About Edmonton:

    Vibrant and culturally diverse, Edmonton is an ideal place to live,
learn, work, invest and visit. Home to more than one million people and the
global port to more than $100 billion in northern oil sands development,
Alberta's capital is an economic powerhouse offering the nation's best
combination of business opportunity and quality of life. Edmonton leads the
world in healthcare research and innovation, education, and environmental
stewardship. As Canada's Festival City and the Cultural Capital for 2007,
Edmonton is alive with endless festivals, events, attractions, art and
    For more information on Edmonton, please visit our website at:

For further information:

For further information: Brad Stromberg, Office of the Mayor,
Communications and Policy Advisor, (780) 496-8104

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