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2012 SJTU International Collegiate Culture and Arts Festival Opened

April 10, 2012      Author: Cao Jie, CCYL SJTU Committee

On the afternoon of April 8, "2012 Shanghai Jiao Tong University International Collegiate Culture and Arts Festival" grandly opened at Jingjing Auditorium on Minhang Campus. Chairperson of SJTU Council Ma Dexiu, SJTU President Zhang Jie, Vice Presidents Sun Dalin, Xu Fei and Huang Zhen attended the ceremony.

Present were also Dr. Kalpyris, Consul General of Greece in Shanghai, Mrs. Andrea Joan Clark-Grignon, Consul of Canada in Shanghai, Amelle Mayer, Consul of France in Shanghai, Carina Klein, Cultural Affairs Officer of US Consulate General in Shanghai, Cyrille van EFFENTERRE, President of ParisTech, Mr. Shin-ichi Hirano, former President of National Institution for Academic Degrees and University Evaluation (NIAD-UE) of Japan, former President of Nagoya University and SJTU Zhiyuan Professor, and Susan Jain, Executive Director of UCLA Confucius Institute.

The organizing committee adjusted the opening program into a memorial service for the three young students who died in the speedboat accident on Taihu Lake several days ago. The prelude "Let the world be filled with love" was sung to pray deeply for the dead and the living as well.

Ma Dexiu and Zhang Jie together with the guests lightened the theme logo which represents the common cultural dream of youth all around the world. The sand painting performance showed SJTU's centennial rich cultural heritage and its sense of historical mission to promote culture.

Young students from sixteen universities including SJTU, Peking University, Tsinghua University, Fudan University, Zhejiang University, Nanjing University, University of Science and Technology of China, Xi'an Jiaotong University, Harbin Institute of Technology announced the Youth Cultural Declaration (Shanghai). The ambition to revitalize Chinese culture expressed the feelings of all the young students.

The Festival will span half a year (April-October) and is intended to attract over 40,000 SJTU faculty and students and over 1,000 students from renowned universities home and abroad. After the opening ceremony, various operas including Peking Opera, Shaoxing Opera, Shanghai Opera and dramas will be put on stage; the cultural activities including Collegiate Creation and Culture Carnival, Ethnical Culture Week and International Students Cultural Festival will be launched; international seminars and workshops will be organized; and Chinese and foreign concerts, English National Ballet, University of Michigan School of Music Concert and UCLA Student Orchestra performance will be held.

As its originality, the Festival has selected thirteen SJTU students who show high-level artistic attainments as its spokesmen, which will not only promote various activities but appeal to young people.

Please see the following wonderful Performance from Festival Open Ceremony: