Shenzhen adheres to the strategy of building a city of culture, promotes the coordinated development of spiritual and material civilization, and speeds up the construction of a modern public cultural and sports service system. It was honored with the title of Global Model City for the Promotion of Nationwide Reading by UNESCO. There are 650 public libraries across the city, with a total collection of 42.958 million books and periodicals, 50 museums and memorial halls, 11 art galleries, one radio station, two television stations and three radio centers.
Shenzhen has set its sights on promoting cultural innovation and the development of cultural industries. The city has been crowned National Civilized City for five consecutive years. A major exhibition focusing on Guangdong’s reform and opening up during the past 40 years and a special gala celebrating the 40th anniversary of China’s reform and opening up were successfully held in 2018. The city also hosted a series of events, such as China (Shenzhen) International Cultural Industries Fair, the National Book Expo, China Design Exhibition, Shenzhen International Marathon, Shenzhen (International) Science Film Week, Shenzhen Fashion Week, Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture, the finals of the first Cross-Straits Student Baseball League, the China Cup International Regatta, Shenzhen Design Week and the presentation of Global Design Award, the Belt & Road Shenzhen International Music Festival and Reading Month. At present, the city has nearly 50,000 cultural enterprises with over 900,000 employees, including more than 3,100 enterprises of a designated scale and over 40 listed enterprises from home and abroad. The added value of the cultural industry accounted for more than 7 percent of the city’s GDP. The cultural industry has become an important engine for Shenzhen to accelerate the transformation of its economic development pattern and promote rapid and healthy social and economic development.
The Shenzhen Museum of Contemporary Art and Urban Planning was opened in 2018, and Nanshan Museum and the Longgang cultural center complex were also built and put into use. There are 146 new fitness facilities for residents and 12 community sports parks. The online tourist center was officially launched. The city’s football team made it into the Chinese Super League. Shenzhen athletes won four golds, five silvers and three bronzes at the 18th Asian Games. Shenzhen has been chosen to host the WTA Finals from 2019 for a decade.
Sectors with a Competitive Edge
Shenzhen is where China's modern graphic design industry was born. Local industrial design and indoor design take a large percentage of the national market. Animation and gaming industries, cultural software services, Internet information services, digital TV and digital audio industries have gained momentum in growth. Shenzhen is home to China’s largest high-end printing industry, taking 60 percent of the national market.
Cosponsored by the Guangdong Provincial Government, Shenzhen Municipal Government and State institutions, the annual China (Shenzhen) International Cultural Industries Fair (ICIF) is certified by the UFI. The only State-level cultural expo in China, it is held in Shenzhen each May.
City of Design
Shenzhen was accepted as a member of the Creative Cities Network by UNESCO on Nov. 19, 2008, and named as a UNESCO City of Design, becoming the first Chinese city to win the honor. It was the sixth city in the world to earn the title. In recent years, Shenzhen designers have enhanced communication and cooperation with foreign designers. While focusing on the development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area and building a regional cultural core city, Shenzhen is striving to promote Shenzhen Design to the world and become a capital of innovation and creativity with global influence.
Shenzhen Design Week
The Shenzhen Design Week is a grand international design event, which is hosted by the Shenzhen Municipal Government, organized by the Publicity Department of the Shenzhen Municipal Committee of the CPC and Shenzhen City of Design Promotion Office, and supported by UNESCO Creative Cites Network and the city’s various design associations, institutions, colleges and district governments.
It kicks off each spring with the slogan of "Design Creates Future,” aiming to reflect the city's attitude towards design.
The 2018 Shenzhen Design Week attracted over 1,000 designers from 25 countries and regions including the U.S., the U.K., France, Canada, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Mexico, Japan, Singapore, and China’s Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan. More than 2,500 pieces of design works were exhibited.
Cultural Assets and Equity Exchange
Shenzhen Cultural Assets and Equity Exchange was established in 2009. The China Culture Industry Investment Fund has Shenzhen as its second-largest shareholder. Shenzhen has become one of the most important centers for the exchange of cultural assets and equity as well as investment and financing services in China.
Dafen Oil Painting Village
Located in Buji Subdistrict, Longgang District, the 4-square-kilometer village is the world's largest mass producer of oil paintings, essentially an art factory. Originally conceived by Hong Kong businessman Huang Jiang, who began production with a dozen artists in 1989, the village has grown in leaps and bounds over the past 20 years. About 15,000 artists and craftsmen work in more than 40 factories and 800 studios and workshops.
Guanlan Printmaking Base
Located in Bao'an District, the base perfectly combines modern printmaking with traditional Hakka buildings. It has become a State-level model base with a sound environment and good economic returns.
As one of the key projects in the Shenzhen Cultural Innovation Development Plan 2020, Shenzhen City Culture Menu includes the year-round representative cultural events in Shenzhen and displays the cultural achievements made by the city. It is the epitome of the efforts the city has made to build a modern and international innovation-oriented city and a global science and technology innovation center. The menu includes 28 key cultural events. Citizens can discover various events for each month of the year.