2018 iSING! Suzhou raises its curtain
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The welcome banquet at Suzhou Culture and Arts Centre (SCAC), SIP on Aug 7 kicked off the 2018 iSING! Suzhou International Young Artists Festival. A total of 37 young artists from 12 countries including the United States, the United Kingdom, Italy, Russia, Poland, Australia, Armenia, Belgium, Serbia, Slovenia, the Czech Republic and China will attend a series of programs and events in the country over the following one month.

The festival is an annual event jointly sponsored by Suzhou New Times Group, operator of SCAC, and Asian Performing Arts Council, a US-based non-profit organization engaged in fostering cultural exchanges between the United States and Asia, particularly China. It aims to nurture young vocalists embracing eastern and western cultures and comprehensive artistic accomplishments.[MORE]

 
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iSING! Suzhou artists give commemorative performances

In the children's chorus Ode to the Motherland, the iSING! Suzhou & Hengtai Public Concert started at Suzhou Center Square, SIP on Aug 18. A group of Chinese and foreign young singers together with several well-liked art troupes in SIP performed a list of songs to commemorate the 40th anniversary of China's reform and opening-up policy.

The young singers are here for the 2018 iSING! Suzhou International Young Artists Festival which, scheduled from Aug 7 to Sep 4, consists of a series of training programs and performance and exchange events designed to nurture young vocalists who embrace both eastern and western cultures and comprehensive artistic[MORE]

 
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An expanded event both in size and content

The iSING! Suzhou 2018 boasts a larger size and a series of new components. Tian Haojiang, art director of the festival, explained the reasons in an interview.

Tian believes that the continuous increase of participants should be partly attributed to the charm of the city, especially the cultural atmosphere rendered by perfectly integrated traditional and modern elements. He revealed that the city impresses the young artists so much that many of them have participated for more than once.

Concerning the difference between this year's event and the previous sessions[MORE]

 
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