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Updated: 2022-06-10 08:31 ( China Daily )
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Murray James Morrison plays The Moon Represents My Heart in the lobby of his building, celebrating the end of lockdown on June 1.[Photo provided to China Daily]

Foreign musicians in the city unleashed their creativity to combat the outbreak blues, Zhang Kun reports.

Despite the lockdown, which forced the closure of many businesses in the past months, musicians never stopped making music and found imaginative ways to share it with the public.

The latest COVID-19 outbreak saw the temporary closure of Jazz at Lincoln Center Shanghai after it held its International Women's Day concert in March. A prime venue for live jazz shows in the city, the center is the only overseas branch of the New York-based music organization. Of the more than 100 musicians who frequently perform with the center in Shanghai, about half are expatriates.

Among these expats is drummer Charles Foldesh from the United States. About a week into the lockdown of Puxi-the western region of Shanghai-that started on April 1, he lifted the spirits of residents in his compound in Hongkou district by holding short drumming sessions on his balcony that lasted from three to four minutes.

Foldesh has lived in the same compound for almost 10 years. His impromptu performances soon made their way to social media where they went viral. On short-video sharing platform Douyin alone, the footage of one session was viewed and liked tens of thousands of times. Xinhua News Agency, CNN and Shanghai-based news portal ThePaper also featured him.

The drummer grew up in a small town in Phoenix, Arizona, and graduated from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in the US. In 2007, he moved to Shanghai, where he fell in love with the music culture of the city.

Over the past 15 years, Foldesh has occasionally appeared on Chinese TV shows. Last year, he performed in Zhang Yimou's concept theater show 2047 Apologue, which took Foldesh on a tour of five Chinese cities.

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The news conference of the 2022 China International Travel Mart, Kunming, Yunnan province. [Photo/Chinaculture.org]

The 2022 China International Travel Mart was launched in Kunming, Yunnan province today. The three-day event opened at the Kunming Dianchi Lake International Convention and Exhibition Centre, with a theme focusing on smart innovation and high-quality tourism industry aspects.

The news conference was held in the city on Thursday. Zhang Xilong, first class inspector of the Bureau of the International Communication and Cooperation of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of China and Lou Kewei, deputy-director of the Department of Culture and Tourism of Yunnan province presented the meeting along with academy and entrepreneur representatives.

The conference introduced the preparations and relevant activities of the mart, such as a forum on smart tourism and innovation, a symposium on international travel communication and cooperation in the framework of Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) and a workshop on the China-Laos railway’s contribution to building an Asian community with a shared future.

According to the news meeting, the 2022 travel mart covers about 80,000 square meters, with about 4,200 standard booths. 71 countries and regions attended the event both online and offline, and 31 domestic provinces, cities and autonomous regions and 261 independent exhibition teams.

Online services will be provided to the overseas buyers and sellers in the light of time zones. They could also have a face-to-face negotiation at the mart as well.

The mart also has diverse displays to show culture and tourism, physical education and tourism, as well as overseas tourism and museums.

The National Cultural Heritage Administration, the Palace Museum and museums from other provinces will attend the travel mart.

At the event, Yunnan province will have 2,000 standard booths in four separate sections; each will show culture tourism, healthy lifestyles, physical education tourism and culture tourism consumption.

The travel mart will also stick to the rules of pandemic prevention and control while having the activities go on smoothly.

The news conference of the 2022 China International Travel Mart, Kunming, Yunnan province. [Photo/Chinaculture.org]
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