Children's Music Festival in China

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Raised by 14 people in 19 months
Who We Are:
Hand in Hand International Children's Music Festival is the brainchild of American journalist Rebecca Kanthor and her Chinese author/singer-songwriter husband Liu Jian. We live in Shanghai, China with our two kids. 


Why We're Doing This:
Children's music in China hasn't changed much in the past 30 years. Kids today here are still singing the same songs their parents sang as kids. Our mission is to share the diverse range of music being made for children and families around the world with Chinese families.  Our hope is that through our music festival we can encourage Chinese parents and kids to enjoy their time together and learn about other cultures through music.

Hand in Hand Theme Song:
We wrote a theme song for our music festival that shares our hopes for what it can become, a way for Chinese families to enjoy music together and become global citizens. 20 friends brought their families to help us record and film this music video with the help of a few good musician friends of ours. Check it out!



Our 5 Year Plan:
Over the next five years, we're going to bring the best children's music performers from 10 countries to tour over 100 cities in China. We also hope to start a trend in China and encourage musicians here to make better music for kids.

Our first music festival toured five cities in China in May and June of 2017: Shanghai, Hangzhou, Nantong, Chongqing, Chengdu. 5 down, 95 cities to go.   Families in every city we went to loved the music. Over 15,000 people in five cities came out for Hand in Hand and we are so grateful that everything went off well.


Our Bands:
We are thrilled to be able to bring Latin Grammy and Emmy award winning Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band from the US and kiddie rockers Hippe Gasten from the Netherlands to China to perform. Both bands are made up of amazing performers whose music is catchy and fun. 



What's Next?:
Now that we've proven that we can put on a successful children's music festival, we are busy planning our next two. In October 2017 we will travel to another 10 cities and in December 2017 we'll go to another 5. We're going to really need your support to make this happen.


Rebecca and Liu Jian have been working hard on this music festival for over a year- it truly is a labor of love. We are so appreciative of your support to bring this dream to fruition. For the most part, we are funding it ourselves, although we have been lucky to find a few great sponsors. We are raising funds to cover our main expenses for running this music festival-accommodations and transportation for the bands in China as well as venue costs. Thank you so much for contributing and sharing with others.

For more info: 
www.handinhandchina.com
Wechat recap: http://bit.ly/2ulK6EZ

Thank you!!
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We want to thank you all for supporting us on our first music festival for kids and families in China. It turned out to be wildly successful! We toured with Hippe Gasten (Holland) and Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band (USA) to 5 cities: Nantong, Hangzhou, Shanghai, Chongqing and Chengdu. 15,000+ fans showed up. We played in theaters, live music spaces, and convention centers. Before the first show, we were so nervous. Would the crowd like the music? We shouldn't have worried. Before the first song ended, kids and their parents were already up and dancing to the beat. At the end of each show, the bands and our audience held hands and sang our theme song, Hand in Hand. I'm not going to lie, Liu Jian and I got a little teary eyed. The bands, our production team, the audiences, our venue partners, and sponsors-they all put their heart into making this music festival happen. And so did you! Thank you so much for supporting us. Our next music festival is this October. Please support us!
Recap-Hand in Hand June 2017
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Thank you so much to all our friends and family who have donated so far, your support means so much to us! We are in the final days of preparation for our music festival. There's a lot to be done and lots of tiny fires to put out. A venue wanted to cancel but we managed to convince them not to and we need to push really hard on promoting for every city...except for Chongqing, where 6000 tickets have already been sold! My mom reminded me that there is a first time for everything and that is certainly the case with this music festival. We have learned so much already and it hasn't even begun! Once the first music festival ends, we'll sit down and assess what things need to be tweaked for the second festival in October. But in all things are going well and we're very excited to welcome our bands who arrive on Saturday morning.
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We're just a few weeks away from the start of our first festival and busy getting ready. Liu Jian is visiting the different venues around China (including the Chongqing venue which will host 6000 fans for our Hand in Hand show there).
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Raised by 14 people in 19 months
Created May 11, 2017
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$100
Emily Romero
16 months ago

I send encouragement to everyone involved! Thanks to Bec and LJ for creating this festival. <3

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Anonymous
18 months ago
AB

Hands across the Pacific Ocean!

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19 months ago
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Louis Rappaport
19 months ago

Wishing you the best of luck!

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Wendy Wong
19 months ago

Go, Bec and LJ! Wish we could be there to support you in person. What a great opportunity for the kids in Shanghai.

$25
Anonymous
19 months ago
JK
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Jane & Les Kriegler
19 months ago

We are so very excited about the music festival and we wish you the best of luck! We love the theme song❤️

AK
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Aunt debby Kornfeld
19 months ago

Good luck, sounds marvelous!

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