SSIMF is the festival with the longest history in China. It is the culture mark of Shanghai music and dance culture. In the beginning, it initially comes from ˇ°Shanghai music dance exhibition monthˇ± of 1959. In May, 1960, it formally came on the history stage with the name ˇ°Shanghai Springˇ±.
In the past 50 years, ˇ°Shanghai Springˇ± always insisted the tradition of new work and new talents, music and dance activities with mass participation, carrying forward Chinese culture with passion, absorbing actively the world excellent music and dance culture, promoting vigorously communication between China and foreign country, enriching the need of spiritual and cultural activities of people and boosting the prosperities and development of culture. A large number of classical music such as Ode to Red Flag, The butterfly lovers, classic dance such as The White Haired Girl went to the whole China and the world from ˇ°Shanghai Springˇ±. And a large number of excellent music composers and performers such as Jianer Zhu, Lina Yu and Huifen Min, famous dancers such as Ling Guiming, Shi Zhongqin were born on the stage of ˇ°Shanghai Springˇ±.
SSIMF begins on Apr. 28th ever year and closes on May 18th. In the three-week time, it gives people in Shanghai and guests from home and abroad a gluttonous feast of culture, building city music and dance atmosphere and molding culture brand of Shanghai music and dance.