Foshan Intangible Cultural Heritage Composition Competition
Foshan is a state-level historical and cultural city located in the hinterland of the Pearl River Delta. Foshan is the core area of Guangfu culture. Historically, Foshan was recognized as one of China’s four main commercial hubs, and as such constitutes one of China’s four famous towns. It is particularly known for ceramics, martial arts and Cantonese opera (a World Intangible Cultural Heritage). The city is also renowned for dragon boats and the southern lion dance. Moreover, it is the birthplace of the martial arts heroes Bruce Lee and his master Yip Man, as well as Huang Feihong.
The Foshan Composers Contest is a new competition created with the aim of encouraging composers to create new music celebrating to the city of Foshan. An important goal of this competition is the fostering of international friendships using music as a way to cross borders and bring composers to Foshan. Accordingly, we invite composers of all ages and nationalities to participate in the 1st Foshan Composers Contest 2022 to write compositions for an ensemble with Chinese and Western instruments. Works submitted should be inspired by and reflect the theme of Foshan and its Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH). The compositions should aim to blend traditional Cantonese folkloristic music and Western music. Foshan wants to gather new compositions which are suitable to perform for the general public and which are connected with Foshan culture. Ten nominated pieces will be premiered during the Final Concert on October 29th, 2022 at the Shunde Performing Arts Center, Foshan, China.