Futian entertains expatriates with 'Sound of Friendship'
2012-December-3 Source: Szdaily web edition
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Twelve foreign winners of the First Futian International Friendship Award pose for a group photo with city and district officials at Shenzhen Concert Hall last night.

"Futian's good environment and people's friendliness make me feel at home. Futian is a model of relaxation and a civilized environment … which is the essence of life," Nardini said.

American Elaine Campbell, an event planner for Shekou Women's International Club, gave a speech before the concert and recalled a recent visit to four cultural spots in Futian on a tour organized by the district government and Shenzhen Daily.

"I would like to recommend that fellow expats and residents explore a little deeper and find some of the treasures of Futian," Campbell said.

American Ricardo Cervantes, a designer from Capol International Architectural Design Co., gave his ideas for creating a better and more international Futian.

"Creating intimate spaces will increase value and acquire a sense of identity that distinguishes Futian from other districts or cities. We have an opportunity here to provide a higher standard of living conditions," Cervantes said. "If we have a plan for shorter streets or 'pocket-parks' that introduce relief to oversize parcels, then we can provide comfort."

The concert was the first large, district-government-sponsored event in Shenzhen that was intended to build a platform for exchange among local expats and enhance their understanding of local development.

"We will continue working hard to provide people from all over the world with a platform where your dreams can spark and your journey of life will be lit up," Liu Qingsheng, the district's Party chief, said at a reception before the concert.

Liu also expressed gratitude to all the expats who have contributed to Futian's development.

Last night also marked the first awarding of the Futian International Friendship Award. Twelve expats, from fields including manufacturing, finance and modern service industries, received an award.

The winners included Fabrizia Ghezzo, a scientist at the Kuang-Chi Institute of Advanced Technology, and John Egan, a manager with Lenovo Shenzhen.

Futian District has been sparing no efforts to become a more international urban district and is actively organizing seminars and events for local expats.

About 7,600 expats live in Futian, according to the district's foreign affairs office. Futian's expats are mainly from Europe, the United States and Asia. The district is also home to 1,539 foreign enterprises, including branches of 12 Fortune 500 enterprises such as Apple and Walmart, the office said.

The district aims to become a pioneering international urban district within five to 10 years, and has held friendly exchanges with urban districts in France and Japan this year.

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