THE city government initiated Shenzhen Culture Week in Toronto and New York City from Sept. 29 to Oct. 3, aiming to promote the city's unique culture and enhance its global image, the Shenzhen Special Zone Daily reported.
Justin Trudeau, the Canadian prime minister, sent a congratulatory letter to the organizers and forwarded his wish for more win-win cooperation between Shenzhen and Toronto in the future.
On Sept. 29 in Toronto, an art show was brought to an audience with dance, music and traditional opera performances, as well as an exhibition of original Shenzhen fine arts, Chinese calligraphy, photography and literature. The show adopted various forms to showcase the unique talents and culture of Shenzhen artists, which won over the local audience.
An exhibition of 50 entries made by Shenzhen designers in diverse fields including graphic design and fashion design was organized in New York.
According to the organizers, the exhibition was aimed to connect Shenzhen with New York and the whole world. A fashion celebrity commented that through the design exhibition, she could tell that Shenzhen is a modern city with an advanced perspective and diversified industry.
A musical film produced by Shenzhen natives featuring the story of a female poet in ancient China, Li Qingzhao, made its debut at the State University of New York on Oct. 2.
Music was another highlight of the cultural activities. Lang Lang, a pianist who enjoys fame around the world, put on a concert in New York on Oct. 3, attracting a large number of fans.
After playing a few famous songs, Lang shared his story with Shenzhen. "One of the advantages of the city is that it is very keen on innovating and I'm willing to make efforts to introduce this city of technology and culture to the world," said the pianist.
The city's promotional trailer was also screened at New York Times Square, 11 cinemas around Wall Street and key news channels in Canada during the Shenzhen Culture Week.
Shenzhen launched a social platform between cities, called "City plus," to connect more cities with Shenzhen.
A Sino-Canadian innovation center was officially inaugurated in Toronto on Sept. 29. It is one of Shenzhen's seven overseas innovation centers. The Sino-Canadian center is expected to better link talents and projects in both cities, especially in the industries of high technology, bio-medicine, tablet display and wearable devices.