A new set of cultural programs released for this year's Shanghai Citizens Art Festival

This year's festival, with the theme of "Culture Makes a Better Life," will host cultural programs to mark the 40th anniversary of China's reform and opening-up policy. 

A new Internet platform has been launched in readiness for the 2018 Shanghai Citizens Art Festival.

The annual festival, launched by the Shanghai Administration of Culture, Radio, Film and TV in 2013, has become a public platform for diverse cultural events.

Over the past five years, around 250,000 cultural programs have been hosted in the city. Many events have been incorporated into the city’s famous cultural brands, such as the Shanghai International Film Festival, Shanghai Book Fair and Shanghai International Arts Festival. 

A total of 40 competitions, covering traditional Chinese opera, ancient Chinese poetry and folk culture, have been held to discover grassroots talent.

Many people have acquired cultural information and free performance and exhibition tickets through the digital cultural service platform “Culture Shanghai Cloud.”

The 2018 festival’s “Spring Section” online events will include interactive art classes and a food culture salon. Netizens will be also encouraged to share their own Spring Festival stories and interesting experiences online.

Throughout the year there are a variety of events at community centers and public cultural venues. 

This year’s festival, with the theme of “Culture Makes a Better Life,” will host cultural programs in celebration of the 40th anniversary of China’s launch of reform and opening-up. Retrospective exhibitions and contests of writing and recitation will be organized.

Traditional Chinese culture will continue to be a highlight this year. Citywide competitions on Chinese mythology, poetry and traditional theaters will be held. 

To improve local citizens’ aesthetic taste, the festival will present more public cultural and art lectures and workshops. Artists and bands will be invited to perform at communities, colleges and public venues. 

The 2018 festival is also seeking partners, volunteers and creative program ideas.

Check Shanghai Citizens Arts Festival’s official website (http://smwhj.eastday.com/) for details.

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