20 years of art

An­nual Shang­hai In­ter­na­tional Arts Fes­ti­val takes the stage

Global Times – Metro Shanghai - - COMMUNITY -

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.

Cul­tural ex­changes

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.

Pho­tos: Cour­tesy of China Shang­hai In­ter­na­tional Arts Fes­ti­val

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.

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