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Shenzhen unveils first culture menu

SHENZHEN will for the first time host China Images Competition in August and Shenzhen (International) Science Film Week in September, increasing the number of cultural and sports events planned for 2017 to 28. 

The news was announced by Wu Zhong, deputy head of the Publicity Department of the Shenzhen Municipal Committee of the CPC, at a press conference at the Civic Center in Futian District, where Shenzhen's first City Culture Menu was unveiled.

The menu consists of 28 events in arts and creativity, science and technology, and leisure and sports categories, including some that are already well known to the public, such as Shenzhen Creative December, Shenzhen Reading Month, and China (Shenzhen) International Cultural Industries Fair (ICIF). 

"These events contain rich and diversified content, catering to people with different tastes and from different backgrounds," Wu said. "Some of the events echo Shenzhen's position as a 'City of Innovation and Design.'"

Liu Wenbin, head of the Cultural System Reform and Development Office of the Shenzhen Municipal Government, told the media that the menu will be updated each year to include events that are "international and symbolic and can represent Shenzhen's image." 

"Quality international-level events don't necessarily mean that the tickets are expensive. For example, the Reading Month is free and tickets to the ICIF and some art performances are quite affordable," Liu said.

Chen Shaohua, deputy head of the city's culture authority, recommended the Belt and Road Shenzhen International Music Festival and Shenzhen Design Week, which made their debuts in March and April this year, and are expected to be annual events. 

As a core city of the Guangdong-Hong Kong- Macao Greater Bay Area, Shenzhen will give full play to its role as a special economic zone to build a long-term joint-action mechanism with Hong Kong and Macao to promote the economic, social and cultural development of the area, according to Wu.

He said that Shenzhen and the two SARs have achieved fruitful outcomes regarding their cooperation in art and literature. 

To mark the upcoming 20th anniversary of the return of Hong Kong to the motherland, Shenzhen will partner with Hong Kong to organize a series of activities, such as fine arts exhibitions and music festivals, according to Han Wangxi, director of the Information Office of the Shenzhen Municipal Government.

In 2010, Shenzhen uplifted its cultural industry to the fourth pillar industry after high-technology, finance and logistics. 

Source:Shenzhen Daily

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