District Unveils Program to Certify Public Artists and Street Performers

District Unveils Program to Certify Public Artists and Street PerformersFutian district is unveiling a program that will certify public artists of many varieties in hopes to put to an end the evasion tactics used by street performers in evading urban management officers. By September street performers will be issued government certificates allowing musicians, dancers, painters, singers, and others to perform and display their skills in Futian’s central cultural area.

Futian cultural area is a public square that is bordered by the Shenzhen Concert Hall, Shenzhen Library and the Shenzhen Book City. No specific procedures and standards have been released for the certificates and on how they will be issued. Official’s plans to turn the public space into an art ecology square to provide a legal space for street artists. The square will be divided into four sections for music, handicraft, dance and painting. In addition the district will establish a association for street artists placing them in a unified management and provide the necessary services and performance facilities as well.

The district is also planning its first carnival scheduled to be held on the square by December that could become an annual event. The certified artists will be joined by well known artists from home and abroad for different performances. Street artists usually occupy the public square at the Shenzhen Book City every evening which create cultural highlights, but these performances are illegal and urban management officers show up and drive the illegal performers away.

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