Fifth National University Art Exhibition opens in Shanghai

Over 8,000 university students and teachers from all over China are gathering in Shanghai for the fifth National University Art Exhibition.
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Students make paper crafts at the Fifth National University Art Exhibition in Shanghai.

Over 8,000 university students and teachers from all over China are gathering in Shanghai for the fifth National University Art Exhibition.

Jointly organized by China’s Ministry of Education and Shanghai city government, the six-day art exhibition, which ends on Saturday, serves as a final presentation of a nation-wide art campaign that was introduced by the education ministry in 2016.

Students and teachers from over 400 universities in 31 cities and provinces, including those from Hong Kong and Macau, will give art performances or take part in exhibitions and education forums in Shanghai.

Fudan University, Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, Shanghai University and Shanghai Normal University will set up stages for performances in vocal music, musical instrument, dance, drama and poetry recitation.

Forty-seven booths of artworks are on display at Shanghai Exhibition Center until Saturday. Some of the booths focused on the promotion of China’s traditional art and culture like shadow play, Sichuan Opera, paper cutting, lantern design, folklore and handicrafts.

Others combined art with technology and campus life.

“Aesthetic education and the cultivation of humanistic literacy have become important aspects in the country’s basic education,” said Wang Dengfeng, director of Sports, Health and Art Department of the Ministry of Education.

“The art campaign aims to enhance the influence of China’s traditional art among students to build their self-confidence about traditional culture. The art exhibition in Shanghai serves as a platform for students to showcase and exchange their art skills,” added Wang.

Art education-themed forums, as well as students’ and teachers’ painting and photography exhibitions will also be organized during the period.

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Students’ artwork studios are on display at Shanghai Exhibition Center till Saturday

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