As China raises its arts profile, officials try to catch up [The New York Times]

As China races toward a more market-driven economy, it is building new theatres, concert halls and museums nearly as fast as it is erecting Western-style shopping malls, hotels and business complexes. But the government is also decentralising control of the arts industry, cutting the full subsidies long provided to companies and performers.

Now scrambling to staff and operate a slew of increasingly independent arts organisations, the government has turned for help and advice to the Kennedy Center, which just concluded a two-week arts management seminar for Chinese arts executives and officials.

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