Bigger, better park cultural festival opens on Nov 1
2009-October-21 Source: Szdaily web edition
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Shenzhen's fourth Park Cultural Festival which opens Nov. 1, is scheduled for six days taking in 20 city parks.

Shenzhen International Garden and Flower Expo Park, the main venue, would combine with another 19 venues to hold a diversity of cultural activities, including various performances, art exhibitions, tea-making demonstrations, an open-air film presentation and photography exhibition featuring traditional Chinese culture.

The main venue had 580,000 visitors during last year's festival.

It will be the first time the festival has involved community park, a Shenzhen Urban Administration Bureau press conference was told yesterday (Oct 20).

It would be also the first time the festival has involved exhibitions of intangible cultural heritage. These will include a digital image show of China's Qiang minority intangible cultural heritage at the main venue and an exhibition of China's intangible cultural heritage at Bijiashan Park, said Liu Dong, an official from the Shenzhen Municipal Culture, Sports and Tourism Bureau.

"It will be the first time our bureau to be involved in the festival", Liu said.

"The festival aims to turn Shenzhen into a park city and make public cultural life more colorful,"said Liu.

A forum on the development of a model Chinese park, the first of its kind in China, would also be conducted during the festival.

Three Shenzhen parks had been so far granted the title of national model park, including Shenzhen International Garden and Flower Expo Park, Xianhu Botanical Garden and Lianhua Hill Park, the conference was told.

The festival would include flower shows such as a chrysanthemum show at Donghu Park and an azalea show at Lianhua Hill Park.

Huanggang Park in Futian would invite children from Hong Kong to participate in park activities.

Disabled people in Nanshan would be given a chance to help in district parks during the festival.

"From this year, the annual festival will be held during a fixed period from Nov. 1 to 6", said Wu Jiangtian, vice director of the park and forest department of Shenzhen Municipal Urban Management Bureau.

"The festival will play an important part in boosting Chinese culture", said Wu.

Members of the public could obtain the festival timetable from the park billboard and promotional brochures to be distributed in each community as well as media announcements.

Launched by the government, the festival had this year attracted some sponsorship.

Last year's festival attracted 3.6 million people and involved 9,1631 performers in 2,396 shows.

Shenzhen now has 615 parks of various sizes.

Editor: Miranda
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