This Friday and Saturday Pudong New Area will see another outdoor summer music carnival, the Himalayas Summer Music Festival. Held for the second time, a glimpse at this year's program reveals a performance by famous Harbin-born singer and songwriter Qu Wanting.
Qu rose to fame with songs like "You Exist in My Song" which was used on the soundtrack to the film Love in the Buff. Qu has a highly recognizable and distinctive voice and pens songs in both Chinese and English. Her debut album, Everything in the World has been released in China and overseas.
All of the eight performers and bands have long experience of performing live. On Friday, besides Qu, the festival will also welcome DJ Doggy, Xiban and Escape Plan to the stage. Saturday will see Ceezy, Cassette, Ciwei and Mu Ma & Third Party each presenting a one-hour set.
And away from the main stage, there will be a variety of interactive events taking place including a rock music photography exhibition which displays black-and-white works by Zheng Yang. A flea market will feature a number of typical handicrafts for sale. There will also be a cosplay show (in which participants dress up as cartoon characters) and a "kick tempo" football competition where single players go head to head. Food and beverages will be on offer.
"The varied events on offer are part of the charm of this outdoor music festival," said Zhang Yi, a staff member of the festival organizer. The event is co-hosted by the Himalayas Center (a cultural and business complex based in Pudong) and the Shanghai International Arts Festival Center.
Entrance to the outdoor venue begins at 4 pm each evening and the performances start at 5 pm.
Date: August 17 and 18, 4 pm to 9:30 pm
Venue: Himalayas Center 喜马拉雅中心
Address: No.1-4, Lane 1188 Fangdian Road 芳甸路1188弄1-4号
Tickets: 80 to 100 yuan (presale); 120 to 150 yuan (at the door)
Call 6445-0086 for details