Recently, the Advance Meeting of the Protection Work on the Shanghai Yangtze-Delta Stringed and Bamboo-wind (Sizhu) Music Project and the Commencement Ceremony of the Conservation and Inheritance Base was held in Zhoupu Town. All bases across the city gathered at the meeting, and the Qingpu Intangible Cultural Heritage Protection Sub-center was invited.
The bases’ construction work in Shanghai was officially initiated in 2014. After the expert group spent one month on study into materials available and field surveys at the end of 2016, 22 units in total were included in the list including Xujing Yangtze-Delta Stringed and Bamboo-wind Band.
The band based in Qingpu was founded in 1979, but members are relatively young, who give appealing onstage performance and win prizes consistently in competitions. They have been active in rural mass culture stages for many years, passing on and developing the music genre by actions. In particular, they send folk music lovers to receive training from professional folk music teachers in Shanghai and local senior specialists, setting an example, then spreading it across the district and bringing in a group of amateurs from communities. They have encouraged the promotion of the culture and invigorated the conservation work of intangible cultural heritage, making the music genre popular among people.
This honor opens up a new prospect for passing on and developing the Sizhu music culture in Qingpu.