On June 6, 2012, the Night of Good-Neighborly Friendship gala performance of the 12th meeting of the Council of Heads of State of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) was held at the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA). Chinese President Hu Jintao and other heads of state and VIPs watched the performance.
The NCPA, ablaze with lights, was filled with a friendly and harmonious atmosphere. When Hu and other VIPs entered the hall at 8:00 pm, the audiences burst into warm applauses.
Amid the beautiful melody of Beijing Welcomes You, Chinese youth stepped on the stage carrying the national flags of countries represented in the summit and the flags of the SCO and other participating international and regional organizations and opened the prelude of the performance.
Chinese artists performed the piano and violin ensemble Ode to the Yellow River, Peking Opera Out on the Lake, the Dance of Martial Art, Erhu Solo Horse Race and acrobatics Bamboo Whisper in the Silent Mountain. Against the backdrop of beautiful landscape of different countries, Chinese artists performed the classic songs and dances of participating countries, vividly demonstrated the essence of the Shanghai Spirit of respecting diversified civilizations and seeking common development, expressed the desire of building a harmonious region with lasting peace and common prosperity and aroused strong resonance from the audiences.
The gala performance ended with Nessun Dorma performed by the three most famous Chinese tenors. The characters on the background screen Long Live the Friendship of the People was exceptionally eye-catching. Hu and other heads of state all stood up and applauded warmly to congratulate the success of the performance.
State Councilor Dai Bingguo was present.