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C4鈥?Jing鈥檃n                                                                             Tuesday 31 October 2017鈥?Shanghai Daily




                                                                                                                                                                                       What鈥檚 on

45                                                                                                         Photo by Xiao Mingliang   1. Shoe exhibition

   News clickers                                                                        4. Floral tribute marks                      The extreme trends in footwear, from
                                                                                        noteworthy month                             tiny Chinese slippers to high-heeled
1. Suzhou Creek canoe race                  to conduct a survey of what residents                                                    Turkish clogs, are on exhibit at the HKRI
                                            needed or wanted.                           Themed flower displays adorned the           Taikoo Hui shopping mall in a display
Eight of the paddlers competing on the                                                  district recently to mark National Day       called 鈥淪hoes: Pleasure and Pain.鈥?Suzhou Creek this month visited Peng-          鈥淭hey wanted space to air clothes and    and the Communist Party of China鈥檚
puxincun No. 1 Primary School to teach      an indoor sports venue,鈥?he said. 鈥淪o, I    19th National Congress.                         The exhibition, mounted by Britain鈥檚
students canoeing skills.                   designed a retractable cover on the old                                                  Victoria and Albert Museum, features
                                            sports site and installed some clothes         More than 450,000 flowerbeds were         more than 140 pairs of shoes from all
   They are among nearly 200 canoe ath-     lines alongside the fitness equipment.      redesigned, with the accent on red.          over the world, dating back as far as the
letes, from more than 10 countries such     Today, the space functions as public 鈥渓iv-  Poinsettias and scarlet hibiscus, among      1370s.
as the Netherlands and the United King-     ing room,鈥?a place to dry clothes and       other blooms, created a floral tribute and
dom, who are taking part in a world-class   a free indoor sports center for rainy       holiday atmosphere. At some road inter-         It shows how footwear reflects the so-
competition held on Suzhou Creek.           days.鈥?                                     sections, floral terraces were shaped in     cial fabric of various epochs.
                                                                                        special designs, such as butterflies.
   Yu Biao, director of Jing鈥檃n Sports Bu-     Siming provides an excellent example                                                     Highlights include a pair of shoes for
reau, said: 鈥淲e not only want to provide    of how small changes can make big dif-      5. Cross-stitch work showing                 bound feet that are smaller than the
the public access to the top athletes and   ferences, district officials said. It will  social vicissitudes                          palm of an adult hand. The shoes fea-
games, but also aim to trigger a wide       serve as a blueprint for similar renova-                                                 ture exquisite craftsmanship, with silk,
passion over sports.鈥?                      tions in other neighborhoods.               More than 300 residents in Pengpu            sequins and metal thread embroidery.
                                                                                        Town spent more than a month creating        Beautiful to behold, but the shoes were
2. Small changes,                           3. Italian film culture                     a 10-meter-long cross-stitch embroidery      a pain to wear in the 17th century, when
big differences in old                                                                  tapestry detailing the history of the        bound feet were considered the feminine
neighborhood                                Three acclaimed Italian movies made         town.                                        ideal.
                                            their debut in Shanghai this month at
A disused community sports venue            the Jing鈥檃n Cultural Center as part of         It consists of 40 scenes, displaying         There is also a pair of 29-centimeter-
that became a dumping site for neigh-       the 17th Italian Language in the World      before and after 鈥渟napshots鈥?of 20           high bath clogs, a potent symbol of
borhood junk has been renovated to          Week.                                       spots, from shabby houses to modern          wealth and status in the old Ottoman
provide a meeting place for residents                                                   apartments, from old factories to new        Empire.
and fitness facilities for everyone.           鈥淟鈥檃more Molesto鈥?(鈥淣asty Love鈥? is      industrial parks.
                                            adapted from Elena Ferrante鈥檚 novel of                                                      Shoes designed by iconic designers,
   The conversion occurred in the Siming    the same name. It chronicles a young           Huo Shihong, who is in her 60s, cross-    like Jimmy Choo and Vivienne West-
neighborhood, a typical old, crowded        woman who re-examines her family            stitched the old look of Baiyiqiao Village   wood, and worn by celebrities like David
Shanghai residential complex. Tongji        relationships following her mother鈥檚        鈥?old dump piles, rutted roads, illegal      Beckham and Naomi Campbell are also
University Professor Li Yanbo visited       suicide.                                    structures and overgrown weeds.              exhibited. Included are 14 shoes worn by
the neighborhood last year and was                                                                                                   Chinese pop singer Karen Mok.
dismayed by what he found.                     鈥淚l Racconto dei Racconti鈥?(鈥淭ale of        鈥淭oday, you can hardly find a trace of
                                            Tales鈥? is adapted from a 17th-century      the village past,鈥?she said.                    The exhibition will run through No-
   鈥淚 had expected to see old people sit-   fairy tale collection by Italian poet Gi-                                                vember 5.
ting on benches chatting and young          ambattista Basile. The movie comprises         Another embroider, Yang Lu, moved to
people using fitness equipment,鈥?said Li.   three tales of people rethinking the na-    Pengpu in 2004.                              2. Star exhibition
鈥淏ut what I saw were alienated residents    ture of love.
and messes everywhere.鈥?                                                                   鈥淥ver the years, illegal buildings were   Urban dwellers would be hard-pressed
                                               鈥淯n Bacio鈥?(鈥淥ne Kiss鈥? is adapted       demolished, waterways were cleaned up        to go outdoors and see a starry night in
   He pondered the problem of how to        from a novel by director Ivan Cotroneo.     and roads were widened,鈥?she said. 鈥淔a-      the city, so the Shanghai Natural History
create a public space that would revive     It focuses on campus bullying and how       cilities for the elderly have been built. I  Museum has brought the nighttime sky
the spirit of the community and bring       teenagers seek happiness. It has been       feel like the government cares.鈥?            indoors in a special exhibition.
residents closer together. He teamed        screened at the Beijing International
up with the neighborhood committee          Film Festival.	                                                                             Called 鈥淪tarry Sky Illumination,鈥?it pro-
                                                                                                                                     vides visitors with a stellar experience
                                                                                                                                     with the sky projector Super Megastar
                                                                                                                                     II. It can recreate the positions of more
                                                                                                                                     than 22 million stars, extending beyond
                                                                                                                                     what the naked eye can see.

                                                                                                                                        The exhibition also includes more
                                                                                                                                     than 110 landscape and celestial photos
                                                                                                                                     taken by top photographers, and a seven-
                                                                                                                                     minute video showing how stars move
                                                                                                                                     throughout the night with the Earth鈥檚

                                                                                                                                        The exhibition will run through No-
                                                                                                                                     vember 26. Admission is free.
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