2016 iSing!Suzhou int'l young artists festival concludes

By Guo Yiming
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Young artists from 20 countries and regions perform at the closing ceremony of the 2016 iSing!Suzhou International Young Artists Festival on August 7, 2016. [Photo by Li Xiaohua / China.org.cn]

Young artists from 20 countries and regions including China, Russia, the United States, Italy and Austria offered top-notch performances at the Suzhou Culture & Arts Center on Sunday as the one-month 2016 iSING!Suzhou International Young Artists Festival wrapped up.

The festival's closing ceremony featured mostly Chinese household songs like "On the Field of Hope," "Qinghai-Tibet Plateau" and "The Moon Represents My Heart," and also classic pieces from Ukraine, Turkey, Iran and Armenia, along with other countries along the ancient Chinese Silk Road, to highlight the "Belt and Road" initiative.

The ceremony ended with all the artists singing "From Jasmine to Turandot," the repertoire for the event.

Founded and co-sponsored by the Asian Performing Arts Council of USA, iSING! is China's first international vocal art festival that aims to promote young singers with knowledge of both eastern and western culture.

The event was introduced to Suzhou, China's eastern province of Jiangsu in 2014 and has become a brand for the city after successful events for the past three years in a row.

A record number of 42 young artists from 20 countries registered to attend the event which strengthened exchange between different cultures in various forms including flash mob dancing and lectures in schools, community centers and squares as well as stage performances.

Artists will also be invited to perform at the opening ceremony of the China International Youth Arts Festival organized by the Ministry of Culture.

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