EVENT RECAP | Festa dell’amicizia in Suzhou

22 五月 2024

The China-Italy Chamber of Commerce, in collaboration with the Jinji Lake Scenic Area, successfully hosted the "Festa dell'Amicizia" the 3rd Sino-Italian Cultural Exchange Activity, from May 17th to 19th, 2024.


The opening ceremony was graced by prominent figures such as Ms. Alessandra Palumbo, Consul of the Consulate General of Italy in Shanghai; Ms. Laura Fincato, Former Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Italy; Mr. Lorenzo Riccardi, Chairman of the China-Italy Chamber of Commerce, who spoke on behalf of the Chamber. Mr. Zha Yingdong, Vice Mayor of Suzhou Municipal Government, and Mr. Zhu Yunlei, Secretary of the CPC Working Committee and Director of the Administrative Committee of SIP Jinji Lake CBD, attended the event. Additionally, other notable CICC board members and representatives of enterprises in Suzhou were also present.



Guests from Sister City: The Venetian Performance Troup

A highlight of the event was the performance by the Venetian troupe, bringing the authentic Venice Carnival experience to Suzhou. This year marks the 700th anniversary of Marco Polo's passing. To commemorate this occasion, we invited a delegation from the "Marco Polo's New Ways" Cultural Promotion Association. Their rich performances depicted Marco Polo's return to Suzhou 700 years later. Experience the authentic atmosphere of the Venetian Carnival right here, without leaving the country!



Over the course of three days, participants indulged in a vibrant array of cultural and artistic experiences. Set against the picturesque backdrop of Jinji Lake and the Suzhou skyline, visitors enjoyed a variety of activities including an open-air market, a Lamborghini and Aprilia motor show, the Le Spose di Giò_ Italian Wedding Dresses Showcase, live music from Italian rock bands, group dances, and an Italian food and cultural market. Attendees had the chance to experience pizza DIY and traditional handicraft workshops, making the festival a perfect opportunity to relax with friends and family.



The Sino-Italian Market

The market featured an assortment of delectable foods such as traditional Italian tiramisu, Neapolitan pizza, special cocktails, and Jiangnan rice wine. Additionally, the market offered cultural and creative products including silk, leather goods, accessories, and clothing.



Rich Performances

The Candle concert featured performances by students from Dulwich College Suzhou and Xingzhou Primary School, presenting a symphony and traditional musical instrument renditions. Also include Italian rock band performance.



Open-Air Cinema

A hand-picked selection of Chinese and foreign films was presented to the audience.



Experiential Activities

The DIY area offered heritage experiences, body painting, and mask-making activities, while the sports zone allowed participants to engage in cricket and dance machine activities.



The 2nd Jinji Lake Fashion Show

Set in the scenic Jinji Lake area, the fashion show highlighted the charm of ancient traditions in a modern context, showcasing the perfect blend of tradition and innovation.


From immersive performances to mouth-watering culinary delights, visitors were given the opportunity to embrace the rich tapestry of Italian and Chinese traditions.


The success of this event would not have been possible without the dedication and tireless efforts of the organizers, sponsors, artists, performers, and volunteers. Their unwavering commitment to excellence ensured an unforgettable experience for all attendees.

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