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  2009 Shanghai International Arts Festival  
  Dates: Oct. 18th to Nov. 18th, 2009
Website: www.artsbird.com
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   Brief Introduction
With an approval of State Council of the P.R. China, China Shanghai International Arts Festival is the state-level International Arts Festival, hosted by the Ministry of Culture and organized by Shanghai Municipal People's Government.  
The objective of China Shanghai International Arts Festival is to present the best in world culture, promote Chinese ethical arts, enhance Sino-Foreign cultural exchange and improve the cultural market.

The Festival is composed of Performing Programs, Public Activities, Performing Arts Fair, Academic Study and Forums, etc. Since 1999, the Festival has attracted performing artistic troops from fifty different foreign countries in five continents and Chinese regions.  

China Shanghai International Arts Festival commits itself to encouraging innovation and introducing the classics. This is what has given the Festival such a strong reputation both at home and abroad. World famous ballet companies, orchestras and artistic masters have been invited to the Festival. Performances such as the ballets "Swan Lake" performed by the Russian Kirov Ballet, "Ballet for Life" performed by the Bejart ballet of Lausanne, "Romeo and Juliet" performed by the German Oper am Rhein and "Salome" by the Sydney Dance company, and "River Dance" the Irish Traditional Dance have been staged during the Festival in the past 10 years. We have witnessed concerts by the British Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, National Orchestra of France. We have enjoyed the work of the world-renowned Flutist James Galway, the tenor Andrea Brocelli and the cellist Yo-Yo Ma. Moreover we have seen innovative song and dance through the Tango Musical "Tanguera" by dancers from Argentina, the French multimedia Opera "Les Paladins", the Chinese dancing opera "Wild Zebra", "Dreams in the Red Mansion", "Chinese Imperial Concubine". All of these performances have introduced the spirit of innovation into the festival and enabled the audience to experience the versatility of arts.
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