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, the CSIAF performing arts fair (ChinaSPAF) is the leading annual marketplace for new work from China, connecting creators and arts professionals worldwide.

The last edition of ChinaSPAF succeeded with around 1,000 delegates, 400 organizations from 47 countries and regions, including directors from international arts festivals and venue presenters from all over mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, including –

• European Festivals Association

• Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society

• Chekhov International Theatre Festival

• Asia-Pacific Triennial of Performing Arts (AsiaTOPA)

New Festival

• Jacob's Pillow

• Teatro alla Scala

• The Kennedy Center

• Sadler's Wells Theatre

• Norwegian National Opera and Ballet

• National Center for the Performing Arts, China (NCPA)

• Shanghai Grand Theatre

• Guangzhou Opera House

• Shenzhen Concert Hall

• Shaanxi Opera House | Xi'an Concert Hall


We presented 26 live showcases (incl. 3 performing arts related VR projects), 10 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.

After three-year suspension due to COVID-19, we are back now!

ChinaSPAF 2023 will return as an in person gathering on 19th - 23rd October in Shanghai.

With a Full Pass, you can have access to all ChinaSPAF sessions, forums, booth exhibition and non-ticketed showcases, making new connections both home and abroad, getting inspired through active exchange of ideas. You will also have access to online ChinaSPAF 2023 database for one year.

For those who cannot join us on-site but still willing to promote your creative works to the domestic Chinese market, we initiates 1-2 page(s) Spread on ChinaSPAF official guide book as well as Website/On-site video advertising to attract more professionals.

Get registered now and we look forward to having your company at the ChinaSPAF 2023 this October!