The Shanghai International Music Festival was founded in 2001 as a way to celebrate music in all of its forms in China's largest city. It was created when the Shanghai International Radio Music Festival and The Shanghai Spring International Music Festival merged.
The festival is held annually and is packed with a variety of concerts. Major international classical groups such as the Prague Symphony Orchestra will be performing in 2013.
Visitors will also enjoy uncommon events that reflect the roots of the festival, like a foreign radio music program exhibition, The Chime Bell Award, a radio music academic exchange and conference, excellent DJ shows and competitions, and an audio and video data exhibition.
Tickets to the major concerts may be obtained in advance.
The venues for the headline concerts are: the He Luting Concert Hall, the Shanghai Culture Square, the Shanghai Concert Hall, the Shanghai Oriental Art Center and the Shanghai Center Theater.