BEIJING, Oct. 15 -- Organizers of the world's leading
arts festivals gathered on Tuesday in Shanghai for an arts fair, as a warm up
for the 9th Shanghai International Arts Festival which opens on Thursday.
Secretary General of the Shanghai arts festival
committee, Li Yiping, inaugurated the opening at the Shanghai Exhibition Center.
Participants exchange ideas at the 9th
Shanghai International Performing Arts Fair on Tuesday, Oct. 16,
2007. (Xinhua Photo)
Among the attendees were Jonathan Mills, director of
the Edinburgh International Festival, Hugo De Greef, secretary general of the
European Festival Association, and Alain Par¨¦, chief executive officer of the
Canadian CINARS International Exchange for the Performing Arts.
The five-day gathering has created a platform for
participants to exchange ideas and discuss possible future collaborations.
Chinese organizers are expected to ink a string of
deals with their foreign counterparts to promote the exchange of performers.
This year's one-month-long Shanghai International
Arts Festival will treat locals to a fusion of world culture, with each day
marked with musical or dramatic shows until November 18.
Grammy-winning Chinese composer Tan Dun will raise
the curtain with his critically renowned paper and water concertos on October
Peking Opera performers entertain
participants of the 9th Shanghai International Performing Arts Fair on
Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2007. (Xinhua Photo)