The 2019 Zuoquan International Folk Songs Competition opened in Zuoquan county, Shanxi province, on July 8.
The event aims to showcase local folk songs and to boost tourism in the county.
More than 2,000 singers from across China and nine overseas folk song teams have taken part in the preliminary rounds since a news conference was held in Beijing on June 1. After selection, 70 entries will compete for the title "King of Chinese Folk Songs of 2019" between July 9 and 17.
A forum on culture and tourism development, lectures by folk song masters, a fair for intangible cultural heritage and a traditional wrestling competition will be organized during the event.
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