With the dance drama ¡°Crested Ibis¡± successfully staged at the Theatre of Baoshan District Party Committee School, on November 15, 2015, the one-month-long Ninth Shanghai Baoshan International Folk Arts Festival was crowned with success. Adhering to the principle of ¡°A Showcase of Diverse Cultures, An Access to Exotic Customs¡± aimed at benefiting the people in culture and highlighting the inclusive, international, artistic and folk characteristics, the festival has made efforts to create a festival beside the common people.
The spectacular events, the exciting shows, the jubilant performances, the friendly interactions, etc. More than 180 wonderful events have seen over 400,000 citizens participate ardently, and nearly 300 Chinese and foreign honored guests and artists of 11 folk art groups from 10 countries communicated with the citizens in real life.
A Cultural Feast Benefiting the Common People
A total of 13 school shows, 22 "Baoshan Grand Stage" shows at fixed places, 12 ¡°festivals in festival¡± events at sub-districts and towns, 10 ¡°Baoshan Plays Collection¡± shows and lectures, 4 ¡°Art Sky¡± shows, 65 theme exhibitions, 4 theme forums, 12 community cultural presentations, 32 cultural resources distribution shows, etc. During the festival, more than 180 wonderful events in the four sections of performing, appreciating, discussing and enjoying set up a stage for the common people to participate, experience and promote cultural sharing.
An International Stage for Sino-Foreign Exchange
Friends gathered in Baoshan from around the world. A total of 11 foreign art troupes from 10 countries and regions including Belarus, Bulgaria, the Czech republic, Italy, Latvia, Mexico, Russia, Slovakia, Scotland and the United States came to Baoshan to show the folk arts with unique characteristics. The domestic art groups including Yunnan Weixi National Culture Art Troupe, Anhui Sizhou Flower-drum Lantern Theatre, Liaoning Haicheng City Stilts Art Troupe and China National Acrobatic Troupe, as well as the art troupes from some districts and counties and universities in Shanghai, also participated in the festival. The programs of ¡°one art for one place¡± for 12 sub-districts and towns in Baoshan including ¡°Luodian Dragon Boat, Yuepu Gong and Drum, Poem Village Gucun, Yanghang blow molding print, Luojing new presentation of ancient rhyme, style of Dachang Qianxi, charms of Miaohang, Songnan colorful community, Gaojing in memory, glamorous Youyi, happiness in Wusong, and new neighborhoods in Zhangmiao old streets¡±, demonstrated the Chinese styles in various aspects, the characteristics of Shanghai and the great charms of the unique folk arts in Baoshan.
Yiting, honorary vice president of the International Folk Arts Organization, said, ¡°The Ninth Shanghai Baoshan International Folk Arts Festival embodies the folk cultural exchanges between China and other parts of the world, and in the friendly, ardent and harmonious atmosphere, the entire festival has been filled with laughter."
Appreciating Fine Artworks
The ¡°Baoshan Plays Collection¡± launched for the first time as a result of the cooperation with Shanghai Dramatists Association presented the citizens with famous troupes, famous dramas and the lectures of famous experts. A large number of outstanding and fine plays gathered in Baoshan, including Shanghai Opera ¡°Woman Heaver¡±, Beijing Opera ¡°Taking Tiger Mountain with Strategy¡±, Kunqu Opera ¡°Peony Pavilion¡±, Shaoxing Opera ¡°Liang Shanbo and Zhu Yingtai¡±, modern drama ¡°Sister Tao¡±, Flower Drum Opera ¡°Taking Lantern¡± and dance drama ¡°Crested Ibis¡±; Zhang Jun, Zhu Jian, Fang Yafen and other opera artists held the forums on appreciating dramas, which were well received. Wonderful shows of ¡°Art Sky¡± also included ¡°Beautiful Guangxi¡±, ¡°Charms of Tibet¡±, the special shows of a British military music band and a Russian tap dance troupe. The splendid events also included the art exhibition of ¡°Century Jingzhou and Yixing Red Porcelain¡±, Italian Installation Art Festival and the Shanghai Citizens Handicrafts Competition organized by Baoshan.
Innovation in Diversified Participation
The festival has adhered to the folk foundation, featured open-door operation, encouraged and supported the social forces in participating in the art festival, taken the measures in ¡°linkage with the world, China, Shanghai and schools and regional coordination¡±, promoted the diversity of festival organizers, improved the artistic quality, and realized the sharing of all people. The diversified organizers have enriched and expanded the participating art groups, improved the number and quality of events, and further expanded the participation and coverage of the festival. The festival has taken the people and the masses as the main role and demonstrated the uplifting spirituality of the Baoshan people. The festival has become a real holiday for the people.
Source: Xinmin Evening News, November 16, 2015