About ChinaSPAF

Established in 1999, China Shanghai International Arts Festival is a state-level annual international arts festival hosted by the Chinese Ministry of Culture and Tourism and organized by the Shanghai Municipal People's Government. As a major part of the Festival, ChinaSPAF (the festival’s performing arts fair) is the leading annual marketplace for new work from China, connecting creators and arts professionals worldwide. 

ChinaSPAF 2017 attracted over 1,000 delegates, 527 organizations from 60 countries and regions, including directors from international arts festivals and venue presenters from all over mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, including -

      Kennedy Center

      Southbank Centre, UK

      Sydney Opera House

      European Festivals Association

     Edinburgh International Festival

      Adelaide Festival

     Israel Festival

      Sibiu International Theatre Festival

      Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay

      National Center for the Performing Arts, China (NCPA)

      Shanghai Grand Theatre

      Shanghai Culture Square

      Poly Theatre Group

      Beijing Tianqiao Performing Arts Center

      Guangzhou Opera House

      Xi’an Concert Hall | Shaanxi Opera House


We presented 33 live showcases, professional development sessions, and one Special Programme: Theatre for Young Audiences, providing networking opportunities to facilitate international cooperation and showcasing latest traditional and contemporary works by most creative artists and ensembles in China.

ChinaSPAF 2018 runs from 18-22 October in Shanghai, China. We hope you can join us at the 20thAnniversary of the China Shanghai International Arts Festival!

More information about Showcases, Pitch Sessions, Seminars, Investment Session and other events will be released in the following weeks. Please note that early-bird discount ends on Friday 15 June 2018.