China Fest is the latest addition in the city's extensive repertoire of large and international festivals and events. Conceived during Westphalia Prime Minister Jürgen Rüttger's last visit to China in 2009, the annual celebration of Chinese culture premiers on Oct. 9 on Düsseldorf's shopping boulevard, Koenigsallee. An all-day public outdoor event from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., China Fest will feature several performance venues and stages showing theater, music, dance, films, photography, calligraphy, fashion, and, of course, culinary treats from China.
China Fest is organized by the city of Düsseldorf and the State of North Rhine Westphalia (Düsseldorf is its capital), along with the support of their Chinese communities. Düsseldorf is one of the centers of Chinese business and culture in Germany and has one of the fastest-growing Chinese populations in the country; 280 Chinese companies are located there, and 2,300 Chinese live and work in Düsseldorf, a city that ranks No. 6 on a list of global list of cities with the highest quality of living, according to Mercer's 2010 Quality of Life Survey.
At the center of the bustling Rhine Ruhr Region, a bustling network of 53 connected cities with a total population of about 6 million from 170 nations, Düsseldorf is already home to some of Europe's top annual international outdoor events, among them Japan Day and "Manga Fest," the "Largest Fair on the Rhine," Carnival, and other major cultural and sports events. For more information on "China Fest 2010 -- The Dragon Dances in Düsseldorf," visit www.visitduesseldorf.de.
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