Weeklong festival giving New Yorkers a taste of Shanghai
“Happy Chinese New Year – Shanghai Week” debuted in New York on January 9, bringing a variety of traditional Chinese cultural events to overseas fans.
The festival features six events, including a film week, photo exhibition, musical theater performances and a “Shanghai Flavor” fair.
On Tuesday night, Zhang Qiyue, consul general of China in New York, delivered a speech at the opening ceremony and lumped praise on the festival, saying that it creates a chance for foreigners to gain a better understanding of Chinese culture and experience what Shanghai has to offer.
All wearing red scarves, 300 celebrities from China and the US were present at the ceremony. The color red, found everywhere during the Chinese New Year, symbolizes good fortune and joy in Chinese culture.
Guests were fascinated by the brilliant Shanghainese cultural legacies, featuring tasty Shanghainese cuisine introduced by celebrated chefs and the elegant Kunqu performance “Xun Meng” (Chasing Dreams) presented by Zhang Jun, a notable Kunqu Opera artist.
As the Chinese New Year is approaching in mid-February, “Shanghai Week” invites New Yorkers to celebrate the foremost holiday in China, experience the distinct charm of Shanghai and explore both traditional culture and contemporary elements.
Throughout the week, a total of seven movies are screened in New York. “Amazing,” featuring several well-known NBA players, was screened at the Museum of Jewish Heritage on January 9. After the screening, the artists from Shanghai and New York had a discussion about cooperation between China and America in the movie industry.
That film, as well as others, will be screened at the New York Film Academy with English subtitles, free of charge.
In addition, documentaries about Chinese tradition and culture will be presented to local residents, showcasing the stories behind Chinese cuisine, the lives of people in the westernmost cities of China, the culture of traditional Chinese medicine and superb Chinese craftsmanship.
Five dramas will also offer New Yorkers an insight into the everyday lives of Chinese families.
Shanghai and New York residents can simultaneously enjoy the festive atmosphere — a holiday-themed video featuring Chinese poetry is displayed on the towering Nasdaq and Reuters digital screen in New York’s Times Square, as well as the Citigroup screen at the Bund in Shanghai.