Pop singers perform at riverbank to promote area as new arts hub

The annual West Bund Music Festival is part of the city government's plan to turn the former industrial site in Xuhui into a cultural hub.
Ti Gong

Fans watch the concert at the West Bund Art Center on Longteng Avenue, which has been renovated from a former plant of the Shanghai Aircraft Manufacturing Co.

Over a dozen famous pop music singers and composers presented a concert in a renovated factory along the Huangpu River in Xuhui District last night. 

The annual West Bund Music Festival is part of the city government's plans to turn the former industrial site in Xuhui, known as the West Bund, into a cultural center with concerts and art exhibitions.

The singers who performed last night include heavyweights in Taiwan's music scene, like Lo Tayu, Chou Huei and Cyndi Chaw, as well as classic pop song writers Yao Qian and Huang Kuo Lun.

The concert was held at the West Bund Art Center on Longteng Avenue, which has been renovated from a former plant of the Shanghai Aircraft Manufacturing Co. Its main structure was once the large hanger of the 205 Institute of the local aircraft maker.

After renovation, the art center — covering over 10,000 square meters — was opened to the public in 2015. 

The West Bund Development Group says that another 35 cultural and art activities covering music, food and design have been planned for over 20 sites — mostly renovated from historic industrial relics — through December at the West Bund waterfront.

An international food festival, for example, will be held during the eight-day National Day and Mid-Autumn Festival holidays in October, when Michelin-starred chefs from Italy, Belgium and France will cook for visitors. 

The coming food festival will run from 11am until 11pm, October 1 through 8, and is expected to draw around 100,000 visitors.

Ti Gong

Taiwan singer Lo Tayu performs at a West Bund Music Festival concert in a renovated factory house along Huangpu River.

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