June de­but for Shang­hai’s own Fringe Fes­ti­val

China Daily (Canada) - - SHANGHAI - In Shang­hai

zhangkun@chi­nadaily.com.cn

The in­au­gu­ral Xin­tiandi Fringe Fes­ti­val will take place from June 6 to 19, fea­tur­ing out­door per­for­mances, im­mer­sive the­ater shows, cir­cus acts and other cre­ative projects.

Per­form­ers from coun­tries in­clud­ing Bri­tain, France, Aus­tralia and the Czech Repub­lic will present a to­tal of 17 pro­grams in lo­ca­tions such as the tent the­ater, cafes, pubs, din­ers and var­i­ous public spa­ces in Xin­tiandi, the pop­u­lar din­ing and en­ter­tain­ment com­pound in down­town Shang­hai.

The event is dubbed as China’s equiv­a­lent of the Ed­in­burgh Fringe Fes­ti­val in Bri­tain and the Fes­ti­val d’Avi­gnon in France, said Yuan Hong, di­rec­tor of the Shang­hai fes­ti­val. The event will also be the first fringe fes­ti­val in China that takes place in a com­mer­cial cen­ter. It will be held an­nu­ally in June.

Ac­cord­ing to Yuan, Shang­hai will be the place where many of the cre­ative projects, which were cho­sen by a highly ex­pe­ri­enced cu­ra­to­rial team, make their global de­but.

Lo­cal cul­tural com­men­ta­tor Sun Mengjin said that the plays, live mu­sic and other out­door art shows will help up­lift the cul­tural at­mos­phere of the Huangpu district which Xin­tiandi is lo­cated in. He noted that there are more than a dozen the­aters in the Peo­ple’s Square area neigh­bor­ing Xin­tiandi, and more spa­ces for per­form­ing art will be built in the next five years.

Sun added that the na­ture of the space in Xin­tiandi will pro­vide vis­i­tors with a unique and im­mer­sive experience as they will be able to sit be­side per­form­ers and join in the dis­cus­sions and per­for­mances.

Al­though the ma­jor­ity of the shows are free-of-charge, au­di­ences will still need to make reser­va­tions ahead of time via www. gewara.com. (100 yuan per ticket):

Af­ter­noon of A Foehn-Ver­sion 1 by Cie Non Nova from France

Watch Me Fall from Bri­tain The Tea Spell by Zhao Liang The Con­tin­u­a­tion of Thun­der­storm by Beijing 707 N-The­atre and Hys­teric The­ater

Miss Julie by 707 N-The­atre and ETheater com­pany

Strum-March by Wang Peiyu by Ac­tion Hero

TO CHINA DAILY PHOTO PRO­VIDED

A scene from An­ti­words, a mime show from Czech.

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