What kind of reaction a 100-meter-long, colorful mural blending classic and modern tastes will bring in a historical, culturally rich area? The New Wave, a big outdoor mural, was created by urban artist Lin Zinan in the shade of the plane trees along Hengshan Road, providing a refreshing scene for pedestrians in the high summer. This 100-meter-long, 4.5-meter-tall mural is located on the walls in the pub area on Hengshan Road and produced by internationally renowned street artist Lin Zinan. The artwork is a blend of eastern and western elements and a tribute to classics. The mural reflected the hundred-year history of Hengshan Road as a time machine and contemplates on human civilization and future by playing with light. The 24 partitions on the wall represent the 24 sections in a second on a film on which the light is passing just like the continuation of life. Walking along the mural, you will see figures, flowers, birds and Art Deco style color blocks. The abstract color block in broader specific portrayal and the abstract representation of specific images echo the skill in the intentional blank in traditional Chinese paintings and prepare the momentum for a high tone, pushing the communication between the artist and the viewer to a higher level after the pause. The mural was sponsored by a public art program, The Wall. The donor is a young entrepreneur called Yang Yiqi. He started his own business when he was back in China in 2009 after studying in Switzerland and the United States at a young age. He was inspired by the western art foundation and initiated the program to fulfill his childhood dream. He said, “The art starts from life, where creativity lies. Doing things as perfect as possible in daily life is an expression of art. People can feel a sense of pleasure when they are presented this unique dedication.” He also told us that this program will promote themes and concepts of a new way of living by gathering people who are imaginative about life and art. This mural is an experiment of an integration of life and art. This mural will be on exhibition till the National Day Holiday.
On the “All Citizens’ Working Out Day” on August 8th, the 2017 Shanghai Amateur “Changqiao Cup” Shanghai Amatur Sports Coach Amateur Competition was held at Xuhui Youth Sports School by municipal sports bureau, municipal sports association and Xuhui district sports bureau and sponsored by Shanghai Mulan Kongfu Association and Changqiao sub-district office. Nearly 300 Mulan Kongfu lovers in 17 teams across the city participated the competition. The professional judges gave score from four aspects: right posture, rythme, outfit and layout and entertainment value. Eight teams including Changqiao sub-district, Jin’an district, and Yangpu district won the first prize. According to Zhangjun, director of the Changqiao sub-district office, the competition aims to promote this sport in the district and its development and increase the exchange between Mulan Kongfu lovers to raise the awareness of working out every day among the public. In recent years, Changqiao sub-district has been actively promoting working out among its residents. More than 500 residents are doing Mulan Kongfu on the green space in botanical garden every day. Since the beginning of the amateur tournament 2017, Changqiao sub-district has hosted more than 50 sports events attended by 30,000 persons per time. Its Mulan Kongfu team won the first prize at the municipal competition and world championships many times.(Source: Xinmin Evening News)
The Federation of Xuhui Home Services Industry Labor Unions was established on August 7. The Federation consists of 25 home services agencies and a few thousand professionals. The first batch of 1002 professionals received membership of the labor union and have a “home that they belong” now. As one of the first districts to establish such federation, Xuhui General Labor Union launched a thorough investigation in April on the home services agencies, number of employees, status of labor unions in the district through communication with government organs such as Human Resources and Social Security Department and Market Supervision Department, sub-district and township general labor unions and municipal home services industry association. During the process, the Xujiahui and Caohejing sub-districts set up their sub-district level home services industry labor unions. To address the small size, high mobility and low coverage by the labor union of the home services agencies in the district, Xuhui General Labor Union prepared Labor Unions Preparation Work Plan and drafted the Home Services Industry Labor Union Charters (draft) based on the input of a wide range of stakeholders. The Charters was approved and is to be implemented after the review of the first meeting of the Federation. It provides guidelines for the setting up and operation of labor unions in the district. As the first event after the establishment of the Federation, the 2017 China Skill Tournament – Xuhui Home Services Industry Professionals Competition was held. He Huijuan, Counsel of municipal general labor union, attended the event and gave a speech. Zhu Weihong, deputy director of NPC Standing Committee, chairman of district general labor union, and other officials unveiled for the Federation. Thirteen teams including 78 professionals competed with each other in three modules “bathing, touching and changing diapers for the baby”, “ironing and folding the clothes”, and “ikebana”. Team and individual winners were selected after an hour. According to the leader of the Federation, the Federation will expand their coverage and adapt to new situations in order to protect the rights of home services professionals by strengthening its operation and better serving the professionals.(Source: Labor Daily)
“What come to you first when you hear Australia? What else except the Sydney Opera House?” The “Theatre Management Professional Manager Training” course offered by the Shanghai Culture Plaza Theatre was launched recently in Shanghai, attended by 31 theatre managers from all over the country for a six-week training. The intriguing opening question was asked by Lin Hongming, the director of the art management department of Shanghai Music Academy at the first class. This program was sponsored by the 2016 art talent funding plan of the national art foundation in order to cultivate professional theatre managers. Theatres can be both a landmark to represent the city and a venue to improve the cultural life of the citizens. They are the agents of culture and lead the taste, trend and development of the culture. There are more than 2000 performing art venues in China and the number is expected to increase to 3000 in five years. The establishment of a group of new theatres around the “pan-People’s Square theatre cluster” and “Xuhui Binjiang innovative theatre zone” is shaping the landscape and cultural dynamic of Shanghai. However, the development of theatre management professionals has not caught up with the rapid growth of the theatre facilities due to industry immaturity and lack of talent developing mechanism, putting a strain on the development of theatres. There is hardly any formal training except for the theatre management program in art schools, so this program attracted much attention from the start. More than a hundred applications were received after the announcement on the WeChat Official account of the organizer in June. 31 senior managers were selected for this training. They come from leading theatres in the country including the Central Opera House, China National Theater, Shanghai Grand Theater Art Center, Beijing Tianqiao Art Center, Guangzhou Grand Theater, Hangzhou Theater and Yunnan Grand Theater. To address the needs of the senior management role of the students, the course will focus on case study and all-round capability building. More than 30 lecturers will teach the three modules “Themed class”, “Leadership workshop” and “Field visit & Practice”.(Source: Wenhui Daily)
The 24-hour self-service Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan travel permit application was launched at the police station of the China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone (SPFTZ). Citizens who have tried it told us that the process was very easy and only took a few minutes. This practice is another innovative measure to benefit the citizens and to better build the SPFTZ taken by the police station under the guidance of the Bureau of Exit and Entry Administration of the municipal police station. It was introduced at the right time when the standard management information system was launched and the introduction of the Taiwan travel permit. The new system included the self-service registration for traveling to Taiwan in addition to the previous self-service for Hong Kong and Macao. Self-service permit pickup and self-service exit & entry record viewing are also available now. The 24-hour self-service mode improved the efficiency and quality of the public service of the Bureau of Exit and Entry Administration. The municipal Bureau of Exit and Entry Administration explained that this is a requirement by the Public Security Department to automatize this type of work and this is the first self-service spot at the police station at the local level in Shanghai. This spot complements the Hong Kong and Macao self-service center set up in Xuhui district administrative center by Xuhui district police station. There are locations in both the east (SPFTZ) and the west (Xuhui) of Huangpu River now, greatly improving the exit & entry service in Shanghai.(Source: Labor Daily)