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Shanghai International Children’s Cultural and Arts Festival 2014 Open

    On July 27, the Shanghai International Children’s Cultural and Arts Festival 2014 was declared open at the Shanghai Grand Stage. Xu Lin, member of the Standing Committee and Head of the Publicity Department of the CPC Shanghai Municipal Committee, attended the opening ceremony together with other municipal government officials.

    The audience enjoyed wonderful performances staged by children’s art troupes from ten countries around the world and various provinces and municipalities across China including Xinjiang, Inner Mongolia, Jilin, Zhejiang, Taiwan and Shanghai.

    With “One Planet, One Dream” as this year’s theme, innovative attempts have been made in the planning of activities and programs to make them more children-centered and more geared to surrounding environment and community life.

    Themed on Peace, Friendship and Future, the Shanghai International Children’s Cultural and Arts Festival provides children from around the world with a broad stage where they can carry out exchanges, foster friendship, showcase talents and look forward into the future.

    Since its inception in 1994, six editions have been held with great success, which makes it a famous brand of children’s culture and art of Shanghai. This year marks the 20th anniversary of festival. The past 2 decades have witnessed the development of both arts and friendship. The children back then are already grown ups today, and they stand for cultural integration, peace and friendship in the world. In 1994, a boy in Shanghai released a drift bottle in the sea and it was later found by a 7-year-old girl in South Africa, who was invited to attend the first festival held in that year. Now 20 years later, they met again at the Shanghai Grand Stage.