On October 22, 2018, Mr. Guo Xiaonan was invited to participate in the "PERFORMING ARTS INDUSTRY INNOVATION FORUM: THE SYMBIOSIS OF MULTI-GENRE CULTURAL PRODUCT AND “OUT OF BOX” ENTREPRENEURSHIP" organized by the 20th China Shanghai International Arts Festival. He delivered a speech at the event.
In view of Yue Opera Town’s development of the cultural tourism industry, Mr. Guo Xiaonan described it as a “counter-urban” lifestyle, a delivery of Chinese cultural and artistic spirit, a space to rest the soul. In particular, the exhibition and performance of China's endangered drama genres acts to retrieve a soul that is indispensable to a nation. The establishment of the International Theatre Town Alliance is to promote and form a collision and exchange between traditional cultures. Escaping the city is an active choice but building a town does not reject propagation of modern society, and innovation of traditional culture is inseparable from the continuous renewal of industry modality.
Also invited to the forum were Mr. Julian Bird, Chief Executive of the Society of London Theatre; Sir Nicholas Kenyon, Managing Director of the Barbican Centre, London, UK; Mr. Huang Changyong, President of Shanghai Theatre Academy; Mr. Hu Youlian, President of Shanghai Bank; Mr. Kevin Cunningham, Executive Artistic Director of 3-Legged Dog Art + Technology Center, New York, USA; and Mr. Geng Jun, Chairman of Shenzhen Jucheng Network Technology Co., Ltd.
(Mr. Guo Xiaonan speaks at the forum)