THE China (Shenzhen) International Cultural Industries Fair (ICIF) Art Festival, scheduled to run from May 10 to June 2, is hoping to attract more people from Shenzhen and more entertainment agencies from abroad with low prices and convenient locations.
All of the fair’s art exhibitions will be free to the public and tickets to some performances will cost no more than 100 yuan (US$16), Lin Qingbo, art department vice director with the city’s culture, sports and tourism bureau, said yesterday.
The city government will give subsidies to performance organizations, along with in-kind donations such as free access to performance venues, so prices at the festival can be much lower than prices at other commercial performances held in the city, Lin said.
Thirty-four programs featuring 52 performances — including dramas, musicals, dance dramas, children’s plays, Chinese folk operas and concerts — are expected to be performed at this year’s ICIF Art Festival, which will be held at nearly 10 venues across the city.
The performances include the Huangmei opera “Past Stories in Huizhou,” starring well-known Huangmei master Han Zaifen, and the drama “Beauty of the Time,” starring well-known Chinese actress Liu Xiaoqing.
Popular South Korean opera “Chunhyang” also will be staged during the festival, and Chinese-American pop singer Shunza will give a concert with Chinese-Italian pianist Huang Ailian and an Italian trio.
The festival also will include 14 art exhibitions, including the world-renowned Tokyo TDC Exhibition.
Meanwhile, more than 16,000 overseas buyers are expected to attend this year’s ICIF, to be held May 17 to 20 at the Shenzhen Convention and Exhibition Center and 43 subvenues across the city, ICIF organizers said yesterday.
A total of 2,118 exhibitors from China and abroad have confirmed their attendance, 190 more than last year.
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