The image exhibition of Chinese school folk music


On the afternoon of December 5th, an exhibition called “aspiration of the youth: the image exhibition of Chinese school folk music” was held on the 2nd floor of ECNU’s library on Zhongbei campus. As an approach to record and reproduce the process of adolescents undergoing puberty, ECNU arranged a variety of folk tunes manifested through the living sphere of campus life, in hopes that the stories and the experiences of young people would be passed down from generations to generations.

The image exhibition of Chinese school folk music was held on Zhongbei campus.

At the opening ceremony, ECNU VIVA chorus sang a couple of folk songs from various eras, such as “Send-off”, “Descendants of the Dragon”, “My Old Classmate” and more. Afterwards, the guests demonstrated the development of school music in modern China with the evolution of folk music.  

ECNU VIVA chorus sang a couple of folk songs.

The rise of school folk music and its relationship with the development of society and cultureillustrates the cultural phenomenon in China, which, according to their experiences, helps listeners understand the growing trends towards conveying reality and artistic expression.

The forum about school folk music.

After the forum, “Hongbuliao”, a popular 5-piece band made up of ECNU alumni including professor of the liberal arts Li Ming, performed several of their original folk songs and interacted with the audience.

The Performance by a popular 5-piece band“Hongbuliao”.

Additionally, the exhibition separates the stage into the exhibition hall, with folk song performancesscheduled at a fixed time each day. The audience could sit on stools with a guitar, or take photos and freeze-frame their memories of adolescence to keep in their hearts forever. There was also a visitor’s book provided for remarks and a monotype series of special exlibris collection.


The audience with a guitar.

 A monotype series of special exlibris collection.

An example of  the special exlibris: “Descendants of the Dragon”.

An example of  the special exlibris: “Guanju”.

 A visitor’s book provided for remarks.

As a distinguishing feature of ECNU culture, folk music leaves an imprint on time and place that symbolizes the search fora spiritual journey - the voice of adolescents would be heard through folk music. Young students in the past and present were able to use unlimited creativity and imagination, in the environment of campus life, whereupon the memories of youth pass on but never cease to be remembered by those who experienced it.

Translated by Siyuan Zhang     Proofread by Joshua Mayfield     Reviewed by Wenjun Guo


East China Normal University