The first Tacheng Accordion Art Festival has been staged in Tacheng City, China (18th – 20th August 2016). This amazing event was designed to promote cultural exchanges among the countries along the “Silk Road Economic Belt”.
According to its online press release, the art festival held professional competitions, masters’ lectures, seminars, world champion concerts and an event aimed at setting a new Guinness World Record.
A total of 1,517 accordion performers (the oldest 69 years old and youngest was just 7) co-played the melody Beautiful Tarbaghatai on Saturday night for 7 minutes and 20 seconds in an effort to break the previous Guinness World Record which had been 1,361 people co-playing the accordion together in Shenzhen of Guangdong in 2013. The performers of the previous record were all amateurs from local Tacheng prefecture except for seven accordion artists from Russia, Italy, Ukraine and Kazakhstan.Pictures and Video from the event are impressive with the outdoor staging being immense. Much of the video and photography was taken using drone technology due to the size of the stage.
In December 2015 a new accordion museum opened it’s doors in Tacheng City, Tacheng prefecture. The collection includes over 350 accordions from 10 countries, such as China, Russia, Germany, Italy and Ukraine, with the oldest accordion being 103 years old. The giant accordion shown right is to be a new exhibit at the museum.
Tacheng, located at the border of China and Kazakhstan, is a trans-cultural city which has been greatly influenced by Russian culture. Dubbed in China as the “City Of The Accordion”, Tacheng has a rich history and legacy of the instrument. The accordion is a symbol of the city and it is said over 30% of the population can play.