Singing the praises of Zhongshan Park
Ballets, concerts and acrobatic shows by groups from all over the country can be seen in Zhongshan Park this week, as part of the 12th China Art Festival.
A performance of festive songs by the Shanghai Song and Dance Ensemble was staged on the grass in the park over the weekend to launch the series of outdoor events. The park is the only outdoor venue in this year's festival.
Shanghai's capricious weather is a big problem when scheduling outdoor events. Strong winds, heavy rain and high temperature can strike, so Shanghai Meteorological Bureau is closely monitoring conditions around the park.
“We're ready to cancel the performance in the event of heavy rain. If it is just drizzle, we have sustainable rain ponchos for the audience,” said Kang Wenhua, Party secretary of the Changning District Tourism and Culture Bureau.
The free tickets were all snapped up online two weeks ago.
“The atmosphere outdoors is always livelier than indoors,” said Wang Jing from the Shanghai Song and Dance Ensemble, a dancer in “Crested Ibises,” one of 10 performances on Saturday.