File photo of performers giving shows at the previous International Wind Music Festival. This year the festival will highlight the functions of wind music communication and promotion platforms. [Photo/Wang Rongjiang]
Some 80 bands from China and overseas will participate in the 2014 Shanghai Spring International Wind Music Festival that will be unveiled on Labor Day, May 1.
The festival, organized by Yangpu District government, includes four sections — the grand opening cruise tour, the wind music carnival, concert gala and non-professional band show.
In addition to the traditional programs, there are a few new wrinkles this year. A wind music performance featuring 1,000 musicians will open the festival. As the cruise ships carrying musicians sail off at World Expo Watergate, opening ceremonies will be held at that site and the Oriental Pearl TV Tower. Through live transmission, people can see what’s happening at both sites.
The wind music carnival will expand to more districts and communities this year, including Pudong, Xuhui, Huangpu, Jinshan and others. The wind music performances will be presented in military camps, schools, communities, parks, shopping malls and suburban areas.
For those who can’t attend in person, the festival will be available on new media platforms, allowing the festival to build its brand while reaching a bigger audience.
More than 70 non-professional Chinese wind bands from 17 provinces and districts were selected for the show this year. Among them, participants include students, teachers, policemen, workers, farmers and retirees. The number exceeds all previous years, and for the first time there will be three categories: student, social and general.
On May 3, juries will present awards at Hudong Cultural Palace and give advice to the teams.
“Wind music is friendly, energetic and appealing, and the festivals in the past have brought regular audiences who love wind music,” said Chen Hongguang, director of the wind music festival committee. “This year we will highlight the functions of wind music communication and promotion platforms, and more performances will be brought to audiences with different goals.”
The overseas teams participating in this year’s festival come from Canada, Poland, Thailand, South Korea, Hong Kong and Taiwan.
This is the second time the Yangfan Wind band from Chongqing Special Education Center will join the festival.
“It is a wind band made up of more than 30 blind children, currently the largest in scale in special education schools across China,” said Jiang Siwen, deputy director of the festival committee.
The closing ceremony and gala will be held at Zhengda Gymnasium at Fudan University on May 3.