Shanghai International Arts Festival celebrates China's cultural highlights

China’s biggest city is gearing up for the 2014 Shanghai International Arts Festival. The festival, now in its 16th year, brings together some of the best shows from China and around the world.


From October 17th to November 16th, residents of and visitors to Shanghai can see an array of music, dance and drama performances in 15 venues around the city.


Some of the Chinese highlights of this year's festival include performances by Peking Opera Theatre, Shangahi Yue Opera Theatre and Kaohsiung Municipal Chinese Orchestra. There will also be several dance highlights from overseas, including Royal Winnipeg Ballet's production of Romeo and Juliet, Dutch National Ballet's Giselle and a mixed bill from Nederlands Dance Theatre.


Shanghai International Arts Festival was started in 1999 and is still the only international arts festival hosted by China’s Ministry of Culture. Organised by Shanghai Municipal People’s Government, it’s played host to several international stars of the arts and culture world.


Celebrated conductors Sir Simon Rattle and Zubin Mehta have both appeared at the festival, as have the world-renowned BBC
Symphony Orchestra
, Mariinsky Ballet and tenors Placido Domingo and Andrea Bocelli. Pop singers Mariah Carey and Beyoncé have also appeared at the festival.


Alongside the Shanghai International Arts Festival performance programme, cultural delegates can also attend the Performing
Arts Fair
(ChinaSPAF). A series of exhibitions and the 18th annual Shanghai Art Fair will also appeal to art lovers in the city.

 

Highlights of this strand include a show celebrating the artworks of the Cultural Revolution, 65 years after the foundation of the People’s Republic of China, and an opening exhibition for the stage show War Horse, which will be performed at the festival in 2015.


To combine your Shanghai bus tour with a visit to the Shanghai International Arts Festival, take the Red or Green Route. For Shanghai Grand Theatre, alight at People's Park (stop 3 on the Red Route and stop 23 on the Green Route). For Shanghai
Concert Hall
, alight at Xin Tian Di (stop 9 on the Red Route).