The Shanghai Celebration is a year-long festival presented by San Francisco Bay Area organizations to honor the region?s unique and historic relationship with Shanghai. It features dozens of Shanghai-related programs throughout 2010, including concerts, performances, films, exhibitions, discussions and other special events.
The cornerstone of the Celebration is the Asian Art Museum?s Shanghai exhibition, which explores, through its art, the intriguing history and culture of one of Asia?s most cosmopolitan cities (on view February 12 through September 5, 2010). Both the Shanghai exhibition and the Celebration coincide with Shanghai?s hosting of the 2010 World Expo. For more information on the exhibit, visit http://www.asianart.org/.
San Francisco and Shanghai became Sister Cities in 1980, and over the past three decades, the kinship of our two cities has progressively strengthened and deepened. As a San Franciscan, I am excited and proud that our Sister City is hosting Expo 2010, an event that will draw the world?s attention to the great city of Shanghai and which in June will host a special ?San Francisco Week? organized by the San Francisco-Shanghai Sister City Committee.
To commemorate this occasion and to honor the 30th Anniversary of our Sister City relationship, the Bay Area has organized the Shanghai Celebration. A year-long tribute, the Shanghai Celebration brings together a diverse group of over 30 institutions that share a common theme of cooperating with and being inspired by Shanghai. The over 50 programs presented throughout 2010 highlight the lively international character that defines both the San Francisco Bay Area and Shanghai. They promise to enrich, inform and entertain.
We hope you will take advantage of all the Celebration has to offer.
Feb. 7, 2010 | San Francisco Chronicle, "Bay Area Shares Shanghai Expo Spotlight"
Feb. 6, 2010 | New York Times, "Two Cities, One Lasting Cultural Exchange"
Feb. 5, 2010 | San Francisco Chronicle, "Rawwr: Enter the Year of the Tiger"
Feb. 3, 2010 | San Francisco Chronicle, "Hot Tickets & Exhibitions!"
Press Conference, Jan. 19, 2010:
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January 11, 2010, San Francisco, CA: San Francisco?s Sister City, the Paris of the East, a Chinese revolutionary hotbed, China?s financial capital, World Expo 2010 host: Shanghai is or was all of these. In recognition of Shanghai?s historic past and dynamic present, the San Francisco Bay Area will host Shanghai Celebration, a year-long festival exploring the intriguing development and character of the city through performances, concerts, films, exhibitions, stories, discussions and other special events. The festival, spearheaded by the Asian Art Museum and presented by more than 30 diverse organizations, demonstrates the Bay Area?s remarkable relationship with one of the world?s most energetic and cosmopolitan cities. The Shanghai Celebration calendar features programs highlighting Shanghai?s art, architecture, jazz, historic Jewish communities, Art Deco design, filmmaking industry, cuisine, high-rise urban planning, fashion and other elements. For the Shanghai Celebration program calendar and a list of participating organizations, please visit www.shanghaicelebration.com.
American Jewish Committee San Francisco Office in association with the Presidio Officers? Club Exhibition Hall
Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation
Art Deco Society of Northern California
Asia Society Northern California
Asian Art Museum
Asian Culinary Forum
Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco
Chinese New Year Parade Committee
Contemporary Jewish Museum
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
International Museum of Women
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March 2 | Opening Event of the Jews in Modern China Exhibit
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March 14 | Founders of the Shanghai Jewish Community: The Sephardic Story
May 5 | Mah Jongg!
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