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International School of Tianjin Hosts Arts Convention



On 26 and 27 April the International School of Tianjin hosted the ACAMIS Middle School Cultural Convention. The 150 students taking part came from International schools all over China including Shanghai, Suzhou, Qingdao, Beijing & Nanjing,  Also local schools in Tianjin were represented by students from TEDA, TIS and of course IST itself.  


As hosts of this years ACAMIS annual convention, the students were joined by lecturers from institutions including the Savannah College of Art and Design, Tianjin Peking Opera School, The Beijing Acrobat School and London Royal Academy of Music to receive a foundation in the diverse activities of drama, music, landscape painting, singing, fashion, design, acrobatics and photography.


The annual convention by ACAMIS (Association of China and Mongolia International Schools) is a programme for promoting student interaction between schools through extracurricular activities in sports, the arts and environmental issues. IST is one of around 50 members of International schools in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Mongolia; all of whom deliver their curriculum in English.


The event held on 26 and 27 April was organised into a series of lectures and workshops spread over two days. The closing show on the second day was a culmination of the convention by giving a performance that showcased all the students’ hard work. 


The performance opened with a rousing song from the orchestra and continued with a packed programme of interesting entertainment drawing from modern and ancient traditions from around the world: A performance of an Egyptian version of Cinderella, a brightly coloured costumed act from The Monkey King, a fashion show of clothing and accessories designed by the students and an energetic medley of acrobatics using ropes.


On the Saturday workshops carried on throughout the morning. In the afternoon a final ceremony was held where the students gave presentations of their work. Pete Churchill, a leading jazz educator from the UK and workshop leader for the jazz choral workshop, led the audience in singing a song together. This was a perfect way to end the convention as there was a strong feeling of togetherness through the many new friendships that had been formed.


Outside the theatre, an exhibition of impressive paintings and photography that had been produced over the two days was on display. For these students, in addition to the experience, a network of new friends and a lot of happy memories, they also got a framed piece of work to take home.   



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