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CELEBRATE AUSTRALIA 2002
4th China Shanghai International Arts Festival
10  - 17 November 2002


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CELEBRATE AUSTRALIA 2002
4th China Shanghai International Arts Festival
10  - 17 November 2002


The prestigious China Shanghai International Arts Festival invited Australia to present a weeklong cultural program at its fourth Festival in November 2002. Australia was the first country to be invited to be a guest nation at the Festival.

The weeklong program, under the banner of Celebrate Australia 2002, brought together over 200 Australian artists to focus on Australian culture from November 10 to 17.

This showcase program provided Shanghai audiences with a detailed and multi-layered look at Australian culture.  

Australia's image as an innovative and sophisticated country was highlighted through this rich showcase of contemporary arts which introduced Chinese audiences to a wide range of arts genres from street theatre, to contemporary dance, orchestral and contemporary music, circus, physical theatre, new media arts, visual arts and documentary film.

Australia's invitation to participate in this year's Festival was through the Australia International Cultural Council, a consultative group, chaired by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Alexander Downer MP, with a common goal of promoting a positive image of Australia and enhancing the export of our culture and arts. Australia's involvement also marked the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations with the People’s Republic of China.