What Are The Implications For Shanghai Growing Into A More Mature Cultural Hub?
Shanghai is celebrating the one-year countdown to the 2010 World Expo, launching the 2009 World Music Shanghai festival. This coincides with China’s music festival season, which has already seen Beijing’s independent-music-heavy Strawberry Festival and south China’s 10th annual Midi Music Festival and will include the upcoming International Youth Music Festival in Chengdu, Sichuan province. As China’s taste for international music and performing arts matures, the number of these music festivals is increasing rapidly. Google
CCTV reports on the opening gala of Shanghai’s World Music Shanghai festival:
The opening night was an exploration beyond time and space between Chinese folk singer and songwriter Sa Dingding, and ethnic electronica group Deep Forest. As the winner of 2008 BBC Radio 3 World Music Award for the Asia-Pacific region, she is billed the “most magical Chinese voice”. Her music combines elements from various ethnic backgrounds in Western China, but achieves her signature expression by her singing languages, which include Mandarin, Sanskrit, Tibetan, as well as an imaginary self-created language.
…The six-day event also features five outdoor concerts in the Century Park. Artists from China’s Tibetan, Qiang and Yi Ethnic Groups, and art groups from India, the UK, Brazil and Guinea present the diversity of the cultures and offer a lot of exotic fun for the May Day holiday.
Inaugurated in 2008, the event has successfully made “world music” a new hot topic in Shanghai and throughout the country. During the 2010 World Expo, a 184-day carnival of world music will take place in Shanghai, embracing visitors from home and abroad.