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Time:2013-05-14   Source:Shenzhen Daily

Ancient artworks featuring Buddhist images that are worth more than 1.5 billion yuan (US$244 million) will be showcased for visitors to Artron Art Museum, one of Futian District’s six subvenues of the ninth China (Shenzhen) International Cultural Industries Fair (ICIF), which opens Friday.

Among the precious exhibits are 88 stone statues and gold and bronze Buddhist artworks that were made in China’s ancient dynasties, such as the Eastern Han Dynasty (25-220), the Northern and Southern dynasties (420-589), and the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), the district government announced yesterday.

More than 80 percent of the exhibits are State cultural relics. The exhibition is scheduled to open tomorrow evening at the museum on Meidong Road 2 in Futian.

Besides the Chinese treasures, four musical instruments worth a total of US$200 million also are expected to catch visitors’ attention at another of Futian’s ICIF subvenues, the Yeller music center.

"The four instruments were all made in the 18th century and include two violins, one viola and one cello," said Liu Guowei, director of the district’s cultural industry office.

While seeking a display of worthy Chinese culture, the district also is trying to bring international elements into the fair, which is a yearly platform for local districts to show their achievements and ideologies in cultural development.

More than 500 products claiming iF product design awards and originating from 62 countries and regions will be exhibited at the creative design industrial park in central Futian.

"It is the first time for iF, German-based awards recognized as the Oscars of the design industry, to be introduced to China. Starting Friday, the exhibition will last for one year. We will change exhibits on a regular basis," said a representative of the industrial park.

Well-known designers in Germany, including a designer from BMW, will come to Shenzhen to exchange ideas with local designers.

For those with musical tastes, the fourth Shenzhen International Percussion Music Festival includes a performance by Nanta, a well-known percussion group from South Korea. Nanta has performed in more than 20 countries and regions and will perform in Futian during the ICIF. International drummers also will join the festival.

In addition, a total of 28 cultural enterprises will have a presence at Futian’s pavilion at the ICIF’s main venue, Shenzhen Convention and Exhibition Center. The pavilion has been built with environmentally friendly materials.