#Throwback: Genting International Children's Festival & Shaolin Kung Fu at Resorts World Genting

June 13, 2017

Shaolin kung fu warriors, cheerleaders, street musicians, ballerinas and cosplayers are among the exciting attractions at Resorts World Genting these coming school holidays. Parents hoping to keep their kids entertained during the school break, do not have to look far for ideas and options.
Photo Credit: Genting Facebook

At Resorts World Genting, plenty of activities is in store for the next two months that will keep vacationers happy—particularly the Genting International Children's Festival 2017, and Soul of Shaolin, a critically acclaimed theatrical event that has toured the world in order to showcase the magnificence of Shaolin kung fu warriors.
Genting International Children's Festival 2017
Photo Credit: Genting Facebook

To be held from 27 May to 11 June 2017, the resort-wide Genting International Children's Festival 2017 carries the tagline, “art, dance and music,” and is set to be a visual feast where guests can enjoy soaking up the carnival atmosphere. Everyone can look forward to great hospitality and conviviality at the various locations of the resort where activities scheduled for the festival are held.
Three activities that will take place at SkyAvenue are namely “Cheers & Pom: Cheerleading,” to be held at Level 1 of the mall, “Storyland: Cosplay Meet & Greet” at Level 2, and “Street Beats: Brass Ensemble” at Level 3. Two other activities are “Paradise: Forest Fairies Ballet Dance,” to be held at First World Rainforest, and Boulevard's Parade at Genting Grand Open Car Park.
As evident, the Genting International Children's Festival promises variety—there is something for everyone—from cheerleading to cosplaying to ballet.
No doubt kids will love watching the handsprings, and tumbling and twisting skills of the cheerleaders who will light up the atmosphere at Level 1 of SkyAvenue during Cheers & Pom. This is a must-see event for those who enjoy watching the superior dexterity of graceful cheerleaders.

Another wonderful sight awaits at “Paradise: Forest Fairies Ballet Dance” where pretty ballerinas will whirl and twirl away as they entertain visitors in this land of make-believe. Surely there is nothing cuter than the sight of young people in colourful dance skirts and tutus!
People-watching should also be an enjoyable activity at “Storyland: Cosplay Meet & Greet” where cosplayers will have a field day dressing up as their favourite characters, while “Street Beats: Brass Ensemble” promises fun in music—street musicians playing the drums, trombones, and trumpets, among others.
The holiday period is likewise celebrated with pomp and gaiety at Boulevard's Parade at the Open Car Park of Genting Grand. Just basking in this festive atmosphere alone would make an excellent activity for the whole family.
Soul of Shaolin theatrical show

Among the oldest institutionalised styles of Chinese martial arts, Shaolin kung fu is second to none in terms of beauty and artistry. And kung fu enthusiasts would be happy to know that this magnificent martial art form will be on full display at Resorts World Genting when the theatrical event, Soul of Shaolin: Hui Guang's Story takes centre stage from 28 May to 26 June 2017.
A critically acclaimed show that earned a nomination at the 63rd Tony Awards in 2009, it has held more than 500 performances worldwide in such countries as the US, Australia, Italy, Norway, India, Korea, Turkey, Macau, Hong Kong, and Turkey.  When it opened at Marquis Theater on Broadway in January 2009, all its seven performances were sold out—and Jan 15 was promptly proclaimed China on Broadway Day by New York City.
At Resorts World Genting, Soul of Shaolin: Hui Guang's Story will be held at Genting International Showroom at 9pm or 4pm*, from 28 May to 26 June 2017. There will be two shows—at 4pm and 9pm—on 24 June. A total of 22 shows are scheduled, with each screening lasting 90 minutes (with 10 minutes intermission).
Billed as China's key cultural export project by China's Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Commerce, the State Administration of Radio, Film & Television, and the General Administration of Press and Publication, the event is deemed “the Best of China” and is brought to you by Asian Arts Connection.
Soul of Shaolin: Hui Guang's Story is a stirring portrait of the life of a Shaolin monk. The tale begins with a woman who is forced to abandon her son when she finds herself pursued by a group of bandits. The woman hides her child among tall grass before jumping off a cliff in her effort to evade capture.
The child is later found by Na Luo, a Shaolin kung fu monk, who also picks up a piece of broken jade he finds near the former. Years go by, and the child, named Hui Guang, grows strong and healthy—raised and taught by Na Luo and also Miao Xing, the abbot of Shaolin Temple. Hui Guang's past is not hidden from him; the truth is revealed to him, along with the piece of jade.
Depressed upon learning about his tragic past, Hui Guang gets drunk and ends up provoking other monks. He is then punished by Miao Xing who places him in a cave known as Bodhidharma. As it turns out, Hui Guang learns about being a paragon of virtue—that it is the real soul of Shaolin.
The story continues with him later crossing paths with his mother. Still out looking for her son, she once again finds herself in trouble when she runs into some ruffians. Hui Guang and Na Luo come to her aid, and while fighting off the hoodlums, the former loses his piece of broken jade. When his mother comes upon it later, she searches for him at his temple.
Mother and son are reunited and both wish to leave the temple to begin life anew. Unfortunately, temple rules dictate that a monk that wishes to leave, must fight his way out. As it turns out, the final opponent Hui Guang must face is Na Luo—and the latter chooses to fake his vanquishing in order to help Hui Guang. The story thus ends well, with Hui Guang and his mother leaving the temple to start a new life.
Tickets for Soul of Shaolin: the Story of Hui Guang are priced at RM156 (VIP), RM126 (PS1), RM96 (PS2). GRC (Genting Rewards Card) members enjoy a 10% discount.
For more information, call +603 2718 1118 or visit www.rwgenting.com

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