Roundup: Montreux Jazz Festival China concludes its 2nd edition in Suzhou

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by Martina Fuchs

SUZHOU, China, Oct. 3 (Xinhua) -- The second edition of the Montreux Jazz Festival China came to a successful close on Monday, with international and Chinese artists and audiences celebrating the universal language of music and building more bridges between East and West.

On the shores of Yangcheng Lake near the Chinese city of Suzhou, during China's National Day "golden week" holiday, the Montreux Jazz Festival China attracted thousands of music lovers from across China and musicians from around the world.

"We invited 140 international musicians from more than 30 countries and brought almost 40 concerts to the Chinese and international audiences," CEO of the festival Joyce Peng Peng told Xinhua.

"It's a beautiful landscape here at Yangcheng Lake, and we were very lucky with the weather."

In 2021, the Montreux Jazz Festival traveled to China for the first time, taking place in the eastern city of Hangzhou under the theme "Where East Meets West."

"Where Legends Are Born" is the slogan of the world-famous Montreux Jazz Festival, which was created in Switzerland in 1967 by Claude Nobs and takes place for two weeks every summer.

"We had more than 1,000 people in the audience here every day. They came not only from Chinese cities but also from other countries. We had visitors from South Africa, Switzerland and the United States. We also organized several corporate events here," Peng Peng said.


For over 50 years, the small Swiss town of Montreux has hosted iconic performances by many music legends.

Since the end of the 1970s, the Montreux Jazz Festival has exported its savoir-faire heritage and atmosphere to various cities worldwide, with editions in Sao Paulo, Detroit, Atlanta, Singapore, Tokyo and Rio de Janeiro.

"We have a strong message we want to bring to our audience," Peng Peng said. "We act like a bridge to connect East and West. The festival is originally from Switzerland, but it has now landed in China in a very successful way."

Peng Peng said the festival hopes to expand to more Chinese cities.

"We also want to invite more great international musicians to come to China and bring young emerging Chinese artists out to the world and our mother festival, the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland," she said. Enditem

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