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Shanghai arts fest draws top names

CELLIST Ma Yoyo is among a host of top names who will perform at the 15th Shanghai International Art Festival in October.

The festival, which begins on October 18 and will last for a month, will feature 46 stage performances from home and abroad.

Art exhibitions, forums and performing arts fairs will also be part of the festival this time.

Ballet de Monte-Carlo from Monaco, Italian mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli, Budapest Gypsy Symphony Orchestra are among the top groups who will perform in Shanghai, festival organizers announced yesterday.

“The festival has always been a platform, promoting  and bringing new works to the nation as well as to the world,” says Liu Wenguo, the festival’s artistic director.

More than one third of the programs this year are innovative new creations. That includes the modern ballet version of “Swan Lake” by Ballet de Monte-Carlo, Original Music Drama “National Anthem” by Shanghai Opera House, “Women’s Script” concert by Tan Dun and Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, and “Green Snake” drama by the China National Theater.

Tickets will be cheaper this year to involve more audience participation, the organizers said. The low prices of tickets contributed to about 10 percent of the box office last year, and organizers are expecting a repeat, if not better, participation this time.

About eight stage performances will be relayed on big electronic screens throughout the city.

Tickets and seats can be booked online. Locals can get more information about  the festival on its app as well.



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