Guangxi has long been known as the Ocean of Folk Songs, and people of various nationalities living in Guangxi have a long tradition of singing folk songs. In order to carry forward the tradition of folk song singing, since 1993 Guangxi has been holding folk song festivals. At these festivals people sing out their feelings by songs, make friends by songs, and express the hope and love of life by songs. Folk songs have become a rainbow bridge linking the various nationalities in Guangxi and the various nationalities worldwide together.
In order to feature the festival with more characteristic activities, in 1999, the people’s government of Guangxi decided to rename the Guangxi International Folk Songs Festival as the Nanning International Arts Festival of Folk Songs, and conduct the festival each November in Nanning. The China Culture and Library Department of the Ministry of Culture and Cultural Publicity Department of the State Nationalities Affairs Commission of China are honorably invited by the People’s Government of Nanning to co-sponsor the festival.