(from Sina English, 10/25.)
If “China speed” has become a synonym for ground-breaking and tremendous economic growth of the country since its reform and opening-up, then “Wuzhen speed” is very likely to become an epitome of the city’s ambitious changes in the field of culture and art in the future.
From October 13 to 22, the 4th Wuzhen Theatre Festival staged a total of 79 performances by 22 invited productions, half of which came from Europe, at 13 theaters, while also expanding its regular programs to include two exhibitions and five forums about theatrical art and the theater industry. Participants at the forums included members from the International Association of Theatre Critics (IATC), 16 artistic directors from central and eastern Europe, as well as art festival directors and cultural officials from seven Arabian countries.
“How long will it take for the Wuzhen Theatre Festival to become the best theater festival in the world?” Yu Kwok-lit, executive director of Hong Kong’s West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (WKCDA), asked Meng Jinghui, the artistic director of the Wuzhen festival in 2015 and 2016, at a producers’ forum hosted by WKCDA during the festival.