China Shanghai International Arts Festival
Shanghai becomes the focus of arts fundis the world over during this month-long festival hosted by the Ministry of Culture. This festival, the only national level international arts festival in the country, has been held annually since 1999, and aims to showcase the best of performing arts from all over the world as well as displaying China's considerable artistic talents. The varied programme features more than 150 performances covering everything from symphony orchestras, dance, and opera to acrobatics, magic and drama. As an example of what's on offer, the 2012 festival programme promises symphony orchestras from San Francisco, Germany, Russia and Australia, a Taiwanese magician, a dance troupe and puppet theatre from Britain, an Irish choir, Peking opera, Chinese National Ballet, Italian opera and ethnic dance from Yunnan, amongst many other things. There are also mass public events and activities, and arts and crafts stalls and the like pop up all over the city. If you are planning a trip to Shanghai bear in mind how vibrant and exciting it is to visit during the International Arts Festival.
Venue: Various venues throughout the city.
Date: 18 October to 18 November 2012