During the festival, the entire town of Wuzhen was transformed into a stage, and theatre lovers all over the world were invited to enjoy and participate in this tantalizing feast of the theatrical arts. In 2014, the 2nd Wuzhen Theatre Festival (30, Oct to 9, Nov) was held with 17 Specially Invited Plays, 108 special guests, 24,419 spectators, over 300 works and 1,000 artists, 500 old town carnival performances, attracting nearly 130,000 tourists.
The Young Theatre Artist's Competition has been one of the highlights of the Festival, and fulfills one of the Festival goals which is to promote creativity and the making of new theatre works for young artists. During the 2nd Wuzhen Theatre Festival a total of 107 groups applied for the competition, with the Jury selecting 12 to compete. Following two rounds of public performance, generated 1 “Wuzhen Award for Best Play" and 1 "Most Outstanding Artist" award.
It is Wuzhen Theatre Festival that makes Wuzhen town special and active more than other traditional water towns. A performer said:” It is my first time to see such a big environment theatre. Every corner in this town is the performance space. It makes me shocked. “
A director of festival outdoor carnival said: “The art is the soul of Wuzhen town, and the festival makes Wuzhen".
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