Guangxi has been enjoying a fame of “an ocean of songs”. Singing folk song has been a common habit of all of the peoples from all of the ethnic groups in Guangxi. To carry forward the art of folk song, Folk Song Art Festivals have been held since 1993. With the Folk Song Art Festivals, People had exchanged their friendship and met new friends with folk song, and express together their longing and love for the beautiful live. Folk Song has become a bridge connecting the ethnic groups with those in China and those in the world.
To make the Folk Song Art Festival more characterized, the People Government of Guangxi changed the name of “Guangxi International Folk Song Art Festival” into “Nanning International Folk Song Art Festival” since 1999 and decided that the Festival be held in Nanning annually in November and be jointly sponsored by the People’s Government of Nanning City, the Social Culture & Library Division of the Culture Ministry, the Culture & Publicity of the State Ethnic Affair Commission.
In the course of expanding the Sino-foreign culture exchange, the previous Nanning International Folk Song Art Festivals had achieved satisfactory results in the aspects of tourism, economic trading, etc. The Famous-brand effect brought by the festival /cerebration culture has formed a virtuous circle in Nanning’s economic development. In the aspect of tourism, Nanning had received 228,400 (person-time) tourists, among which 1998 visitors were from abroad, only during the 2002 the Folk Song Art Festival and realized a total tourism income of 119 million Yuan, making the festival season as-a-matter-of-fact the fourth Golden Week of Tourism. The Tourism & Gourmet Festival held in the Folk Song Art Festival season, was a highlighted spot for tourism activities. Three Guinness World Records had been made in the past three successive Festivals of 2001、2002、2003: World’s No.1 of Zongzi (stick rice wrapping ), World’s No. 1 wrapped rice noodle, World’s No. 1 Soup prepared in smalls jars in a big jar. On the other hand, the scale of the Investment and Trade Fairs held in the Folk Song Art Festival season has been getting bigger and bigger and the effect has been getting better and better. In the past four years, besides the 577 formal contracted projects of the total contract amount of 24.058 billion Yuan, other merchandise transaction contracts of 21.497 Yuan were signed. The Investment and Trade Fairs of the Folk Song Art Festival has become an important stage for fully introducing Nanning’s investment environment and boosting its economic construction and development, and an important economy and trade fair with international influence.
It is the goal of the Nanning International Folk Song Art Festival to set up a first-class and famous festival enjoying international influence and make Nanning the world capital of folk song. According to spirit of the directions of “ensuring the safety, pursuing top quality, creating new operation system, making breakthrough in economy and trade development, expanding further influence” from the City’s Party Committee and the Government, the organizers of the 5th 2003 Nanning International Folk Song Art Festival to be held in November, 2003 will try their best to make it an grand international occasion with the features of being ethnical, modern-style, and artistic by further emancipating the mind, pioneering and innovative. Right here in Nanning in this fall, the Nanning International Folk Song Art Festival will blossom its most beautiful flowers in the recent five years. Nanning, the enchanting city, will cast it beauty to every corner of the world via the wings of folk songs.