20 years of art
Annual Shanghai International Arts Festival takes the stage
The 20th annual China Shanghai International Arts Festival (CSIAF) kicked off Friday at the symphony of Hidden Tapestries Myths of Creation at Shanghai Symphony Hall and will run until November 22.
Organized by Shanghai municipal government, the event is expected to draw artists and institutions from over 60 countries and regions, presenting over 350 cultural performances and shows and attract over 4 million visitors.
More than 100 public welfare or educational programs will cover all 16 of Shanghai’s districts. Over 40 stage culture programs from home and abroad will be performed around the city, including a concert by Riccardo Chailly and the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, All Balanchine by New York City Ballet and Tosca by Teatro Carlo Felice from Italy.
This year, CSIAF celebrates its 20th anniversary. Over the past two decades, the festival has grown into a brilliant cornucopia offering the best local, regional, national and global cultures to audiences while opening up an important platform for multicultural communication and cooperation.
This year’s festival continued to shed light on cooperation occurring between Belt and Road countries and regions, following the establishment of the Network of Silk Road Arts Festivals in 2017.
After one year of development, the network has grown as a platform to enhance cooperation and communication among members of Belt and Road countries and regions. Over 150 organizations from 41 countries and regions have joined as members.
The 2018 Network of Silk Road Arts Festivals Annual Conference drew a number of representatives from Estonia, Italy, Lithuania and Iraq to showcase the achievements of that network.
Wang Jun, president of the Center for China Shanghai International Arts Festival, said at the conference that the scale of the network has been expanding. Over the past year, 33 new members have joined.
The network also helps Chinese original plays perform abroad. In just the past two years, 15 plays were staged overseas through the network, which largely promotes cultural exchanges between China and Belt and Road countries and regions, said Wang.
Looking into the future, she hopes that the Shanghai International Arts Festival can host and perform more cooperative projects with network partners.
From top: A stage photo of the opera Tosca by Teatro Carlo Felice from Italy; Delegates from different countries and regions attend the Network of Silk Road Arts Festivals Annual Conference on October 19; A chorus performs at a music festival of CSIAF.