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18 Heartbreaking And Gorgeous Photos Of A Community Fighting To Keep Chinese Opera Alive

The Flower Lantern troupe are one of the last of their kind.

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The Flower Lantern group of Yunnan perform daily shows above a food market. The Yunnan Opera has been staging performances for over 200 years, and has been awarded "Intangible Cultural Heritage" status by the Chinese government.



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"The situation is getting worse each year, our stage has moved seven times and each time it gets smaller," he said. "Young people are no longer interested in this art, and our audiences are old fellows in general."


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“I don’t think the group could survive another year," she said. “Five old friends used to sit there together, they came and sat on the same spot every day... Now, they are all gone.”

Rachael Krishna is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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