Metro mus­ings

En­counter clas­sic Chi­nese chil­dren’s lit­er­a­ture at Peo­ple’s Square

Global Times – Metro Shanghai - - FRONT PAGE - This story is based on a press re­lease from the mu­nic­i­pal govern­ment on Touch Shanghai.

Af­ter the Shanghai Spring In­ter­na­tional Mu­sic Fes­ti­val was an­nounced at the Mu­sic Cor­ner of Peo­ple’s Square Metro Sta­tion re­cently, it was time for com­muters to be sur­prised once again, as they had a chance to meet the win­ners of the Chen Bochui In­ter­na­tional Chil­dren’s Lit­er­a­ture Award and “Bear Buns,” a char­ac­ter from Shanghai-style chil­dren’s lit­er­a­ture.

The Baoshan se­ries of the Metro Mu­sic Cor­ner Show “Four Sea­sons in Bloom – Happy Baoshan” started its first event at the Mu­sic Cor­ner. Sev­eral ex­cit­ing shows were pre­sented in­clud­ing the dance The Bal­lad of Mu­lan per­formed by chil­dren from Baoshan dis­trict, at­tract­ing the at­ten­tion of passersby and com­muters.

Works in­cluded the orig­i­nal chil­dren’s play A Cat Who Wants to Fly adapted from Chen Bochui’s clas­sic piece, a dub­bing of the new ver­sion of an­i­mated TV se­ries Ma Liang and the Magic Paint Brush pro­duced in Baoshan, Chi­nese and for­eign lan­guage recita­tions of award-win­ning works from the Chen Bochui In­ter­na­tional Chil­dren’s Lit­er­a­ture Award, as well as a par­ent-child crosstalk “From The Analects of Con­fu­cius to Con­fu­cius Says.”

Fur­ther­more, 37 award-win­ning works from the 2014-2017 Chen Bochui In­ter­na­tional Chil­dren’s Lit­er­a­ture Awards were also dis­played. Th­ese in­cluded mas­ter­pieces of well-known Chi­nese chil­dren’s lit­er­a­ture writ­ers and il­lus­tra­tors, and also ex­cel­lent chil­dren’s il­lus­trated books pub­lished by glob­ally renowned pub­lish­ing houses.

Af­ter look­ing at th­ese books, many chil­dren picked up pens and brushes and started cre­at­ing il­lus­tra­tions of their own.

As a brand event of the Chen Bochui In­ter­na­tional Chil­dren’s Lit­er­a­ture Award, the Orig­i­nal Il­lus­tra­tion Ex­hi­bi­tion once again started to col­lect en­tries from the public.

The theme of the com­pe­ti­tion for 2019 is “Dream­ers, do you still re­mem­ber your child­hood dreams?” The com­pe­ti­tion aims to in­spire par­tic­i­pants’ cre­ativ­ity and imag­i­na­tion and will be di­vided into two groups, a pro­fes­sional group and a public group.

New ap­proach to read­ing

As the ac­tiv­i­ties of the Chen Bochui In­ter­na­tional Chil­dren’s Lit­er­a­ture Award were be­ing car­ried out in full swing, the “World Book Day: Good Books We’ve Read Th­ese Years – Chil­dren’s Lit­er­a­ture Metro Trea­sure Hunt” her­alded its ar­rival with a se­ries of in­ter­est­ing events.

A “Man of Mys­tery” wear­ing bear-paw gloves met chil­dren pass­ing by and gave them a se­cret sig­nal. The “Swal­low Sis­ter,” Chen Yan­hua’s recita­tion of ex­cit­ing ex­tracts from the pop­u­lar chil­dren’s book se­ries Bear Buns, trans­ported the chil­dren into the world the book in­hab­its, and the ap­pear­ance of “Bear Buns” in per­son ex­cited the young read­ers.

The books came to life through words, sounds and three-di­men­sional car­toon images. Ac­cord­ing to Qin Wen­jun, the plan­ner of the Bear Buns se­ries, the dis­tance be­tween young read­ers and chil­dren’s lit­er­a­ture was nar­rowed, by the use of this ef­fec­tive and in­ter­est­ing con­text-based read­ing ap­proach.

Sub­way sta­tions are not al­ways about com­muters who are in a rush to reach their des­ti­na­tions; some­times such col­or­ful ac­tiv­i­ties can help peo­ple slow down just a bit.

Since 2016, the or­ga­nizer of Shanghai Cit­i­zens Art Fes­ti­val, Shanghai Shen­tong Metro Group Co, and the Cul­tural (Broad­cast) Bu­reaus of var­i­ous lo­cal dis­tricts have worked to­gether to de­velop a cul­tural dis­play sea­son with re­gional char­ac­ter­is­tics of Shanghai at the Metro Mu­sic Cor­ner.

This has helped di­ver­sify dis­play plat­forms for re­gional cul­tural char­ac­ter­is­tics of var­i­ous dis­tricts and cre­ated a rich ur­ban cul­tural at­mos­phere. So far, nearly 50 themed per­for­mances have been pre­sented to sub­way com­muters and passersby, and th­ese have been highly ap­pre­ci­ated by the public.

This year, the Baoshan se­ries “Four Sea­sons in Bloom – Happy Baoshan” started the cul­tural dis­play sea­son. From April to June, one cul­tural dis­play event will be held ev­ery Sun­day af­ter­noon.

The six events will show­case to the public var­i­ous as­pects of Baoshan such as its re­gional fea­tures, cul­tural at­mos­phere, ur­ban en­vi­ron­ment, in­dus­trial devel­op­ment and cruise econ­omy.

Af­ter the Chen Bochui In­ter­na­tional Chil­dren’s Lit­er­a­ture Award comes to an end, a se­ries of ex­cit­ing events are all set to be pre­sented, in­clud­ing public cul­tural pro­grams of Baoshan that were ear­lier per­formed on the stage of the CCTV pro­gram “Stars’ Gath­er­ing,” an opera high­lights show by Baoshan Shanghai Opera Her­itage Cen­ter, a cap­pella mu­sic show, award­win­ning pro­grams of “Baoshan Star Stage,” and a spe­cial show of Shanghai Baoshan In­ter­na­tional Folk Arts Fes­ti­val.

Blow-molded prints, Wu­song dough sculp­ture, Luo­dian lanterns, Luo­jing cross-stitch, Dachang string and pipe en­sem­ble, Luo­dian dragon boats, Yuepu Drum and other re­gional in­tan­gi­ble cul­tural her­itage items fea­tur­ing tra­di­tional Chi­nese cul­ture will also be dis­played.

Photo: VCG

Chil­dren read­ing at a li­brary

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