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Suzhou Creek cultural festival highlights public involvement
    The annual Suzhou Creek Cultural Festival with the theme of "showcasing Suzhou Creek culture and promoting urban construction" was inaugurated at the Putuo District Library Theater on the afternoon of October 12. About 600 representatives from all walks of life of the district, along with a number of municipal and district officials, were present at the opening ceremony.  
    Initiated by the CPC Putuo District Committee and district people's government in 2007, the cultural festival focuses on exploring the profound cultural history and displaying the achievements of the construction and development of Suzhou Creek and Putuo District.  
    The festival was comprised of three groups of activities all calling for public involvement. At the city level, 2017 Shanghai Citizens' Artistic Makers Competition, a reading competition themed "family love," and a singing contest were hosted by the district, providing residents a stage to showcase their own talents.
    Meanwhile, a series of intangible cultural heritage experience events were also held. The District Culture Bureau cooperated with Haishang Seal Engraver's Society to establish two seal engraving bases in the primary schools within the district. The intangible cultural heritage campus tour came to Huimin Primary School and Xunyang Primary School, enabling young students to experience the charm of traditional Chinese crafts. Liu Haisu Art Gallery's Putuo branch opened a series of arts classes on traditional Chinese painting, calligraphy, seal carving, photography and traditional arts to children and youth.
    Another highlight of the festival was the specialty activities, such as the Aesthetic Education Festival held by the District Education Bureau, and a singing contest for Taiwan compatriots and their relatives sponsored by the district Office of Taiwan Affairs and the district Youth League Committee.
    During the one-month festival, about 100 cultural events were staged in the communities, on the campus and at business centers of Putuo District, making the festival truly "a feast of culture and arts as well as a festival for public."