Xiaozhou: speaking to Chen Gan, organiser of Xiaozhou Arts Festival

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2010 Xiaozhou Arts Festival Poster.

During the arts festival, many of the traditional buildings – shrines, temples, houses – were open to the public for different kinds of outdoor and indoor exhibition and installations.

Chen Gan now stays in residence at Xiaozhou village where he has rented an old shrine for 3000 RMB per month and uses it as his arts studio and private events space.

He shared about the history of the arts festival and the village and he found it frustrating that the village is turning more into an urban village. Arts festivals no longer run in the village and many of the artists have left – what will become of Xiaozhou?