Catherine J. Wang: President of the Center for China Shanghai International Arts Festival

12 September 2017

Around 40 young festival directors from all over the world are about to take part in the Atelier for Young Festival and Cultural Managers in Shanghai. For them, it is the opportunity to exchange with experienced presenters. One of them is Catherine Wang: President of the Centre for China Shanghai international Arts Festival.

Catherine J. Wang has been engaged in international cultural exchange activities throughout her 15-year career. From 2007 to 2010, she was the Director of the Forum Affairs Department of Shanghai World Expo Coordination Bureau. As the leader of the Expo forums, she was responsible for planning and organizing over one hundred summit, theme and public forums. These forums attracted Chinese and global political leaders, various countries’ city mayors and top-level scholars, including dozens of Nobel Prize winners, as well as entrepreneurs and senior media representatives.

Prior to the Expo, Ms. Wang was specialized in international exchange in the fields of culture, radio, film and TV. From 1999 to 2011, she served as the Deputy Director of Foreign Affairs Department of Shanghai Bureau of Radio, Film and Television and the Director of International Relations Department of Shanghai Media and Entertainment Group (SMEG), respectively. During that period, she took an important role in organizing the Shanghai TV Festival for 10 years, and the Shanghai International Film Festival for 12 years.

Catherine J. Wang graduated from East China Normal University. She holds MA in International Communication of City University, London.

Renowned mentors from all over the world will guide the participants throughout the seven days of the Atelier Shanghai 2017 under the coordination of Hugo de Greef (Atelier Coordinator, former EFA Secretary General, Director European Capital of Culture Bruges 2002m Co-Founder Kaaitheater Brussels – Belgium): Robin Archer, (Artistic Director The Light in Winter Melbourne – Australia), Mark Ball, (Associate Artistic Director of Manchester International Festival, UK), Bernard Faivre d’Arcier, (President Lyon Biennal -  France), Nele Hertling, (Member Strategy Group “A Soul for Europe”, Former Vice-President of the Academy of Arts Berlin, Former Director Hebbel-Theater Berlin – Germany), Nick Rongjun YU (chief director of ACT Shanghai International Theatre Festival, the director of Shanghai International Comedy Festival - China), Ismail Mahomed (Chief Executive Officer of the Market Theatre Foundation – South Africa), Catherine J. Wang (President of the Centre for China Shanghai International Arts Festival – China), Ophelia Huang (Head of International Shanghai Dramatic Arts Center – China), Lin Hongming (Professor and Dean of the Art Management Department of Shanghai Conservatory of Music – China), Tian Gebing (Director, Founder and Artistic Director of Paper Tiger Theatre Studio – China)

More information about the Atelier Shanghai 2017 can be found on the Atelier website.

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