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Nights to come alive at historic Sinan Mansions

A nightlife party featuring outdoor bazaars, food stalls and other cultural events will be held at Sinan Mansions in Huangpu District every weekend through end-June.

The “Sinan Yé,” or Sinan Night activity, was launched over the weekend at the century-old venue and will be held every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from the afternoon through to 10pm for a month.

This is part of the city’s efforts to echo the top priority Premier Li Keqiang mentioned during the Two Sessions — stabilizing employment and safeguarding livelihoods.

The summer party in six sections — bazaar, eating, art house, concert, reading party and museum — is part of an effort to boost the city’s night economy.

The mansions, the only wholly preserved historic garden villa complex downtown, include more than 50 historic villas in various styles. Many were former residences of celebrities such as poet Liu Yazi (1887-1958) and Peking Opera master Mei Lanfang (1894-1961). Some have been converted into hotels, cafes, restaurants and shops.

The Life Bazaar section invites more than 80 popular business operators to exhibit and sell fashion products from domestic brands, original designs, traditional handicrafts and artworks.

The stall owners will not only promote their products but also share their understanding of art.

The Late Night Canteen section invites Michelin-starred, award-winning and online celebrities restaurants to set up food stalls. The eateries at the mansions are required to stay open late.

Jointly organized by the mansions and the Art 24 Hours, the SiNan ArtHouse invites popular local contemporary art galleries downtown to host free exhibitions at a historical structure at 529 Fuxing Road M. They include the Fosun Foundation, HOW Art Museum, Ming Contemporary Art Museum, MoCA Shanghai, Pearl Art Museum and Power Station of Art.

The Outdoor Music Party is themed the “Power of Chinese Jazz.” Live concerts will be held at the open-air plazas across the mansions.

Visitors can also enjoy night tours around nearby museums. Volunteers will introduce the history of the buildings. The Sinan Book Club will also host classic book readings and invite individuals to read at a bookstore at night.

The festival to attract visitors mainly at night is part of the ongoing campaign for Shanghai to revive its nightlife after shutting down noisy late-night bars and eateries over the past few years in response to residents’ complaints. And the revival is part of the city government’s efforts to become an international shopping destination.

Shanghai aims to develop a prosperous nightlife economy between 7pm and 6am.

Bars that meet requirements will be allowed to have tables on the street. Some streets will be closed to traffic. Huangpu will learn from leading world nightlife cities, such as London and New York, to create a prosperous atmosphere.


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