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Changsha makes pitch for Umbria jazz festival

Updated: 2017-03-07

 
The world famous Italian Umbria Jazz Festival is set to hold an event at Changsha's HB movie town when it opens next year, after a meeting was held between the two sides on March 3.

 

The executive committee of the festival met with executives from HB movie town to discuss the holding of the yearly jazz event.

 

The executive committee of Umbria Jazz Festival meets representatives of HB movie town in Changsha on March 3. [Photo by Liu Qi/Changsha Evening News]

 

HB movie town has been dubbed as a "Chinese Disney" and is currently under construction in Changsha and set to open in April next year.

 

The park will feature elaborate film sets and leisure and entertainment facilities. It will be divided in two, with an Italian architectural style on one side and a traditional Hunan style on the other.

 

On the Italian side will be areas replicating iconic Italian locations such as Venice and Assisi. The addition of the jazz festival is expected to bring more Italian music and culture to the place.

 

"Umbria Jazz Festival coincides with the culture and atmosphere of the Italian-style," said Liu Qidong, general manager of HB movie town.

 

Carlo Pagnotta, who founded Umbria Jazz Festival in 1973, said he is looking forward to opening the music festival in Changsha. "I believe that it will become great in three years."

 

Carlo Pagnotta, founder of Italy's Umbria Jazz Festival approves of Changsha as a location to host the event. [Photo by Liu Qi/Changsha Evening News]

 

The Umbria Jazz Festival, one of the world's most important jazz festivals, is usually held in July, in Perugia, Italy. It attracts over 200,000 people each year for 10 days of live jazz music performed by acclaimed artists from around the world. Furthermore, the Umbria Jazz Winter Festival takes place annually in late December to early January in the city of Orvieto.

 

It is hoped that the event will take place in Changsha during the National Day holiday in October.

 

Giampiero Rasimelli, minister for international affairs of Umbria region, proposes greater cooperation between Umbria and Hunan province. [Photo by Liu Qi/Changsha Evening News]

 

Source: Changsha Evening News