Since 2014, the Baija Lake International Culture Investment Group has worked hard to build the Nanjing International Art Festival, with the first two exhibitions being highly successful. On October 8, 2014, Baijia Lake opened the 1st Nanjing International Art Festival, the first privately run major international art exhibition in China, at the Nanjing International Expo Center. Over 5,000 artists actively responded, a total that included those from nearby areas and also foreign artists from over 20 countries. In total 1011 works were shown and attendance reached 200,000. This festival had a method of combining invitational exhibition with collection exhibition, while having three exhibition sections: "Homage to the Masters - World Art Masters Exhibition," "Weighty Footsteps - Senior Invited Artists Exhibition," "Scenes of the Moment- Global Collection of Works." It strived to openly, fairly, and publicly unearth and nurture talented and ambitious artists with great potential.
From September 16 to September 26, 2015 the 2nd Nanjing International Art Festival was formally held in the Nanjing New International Exhibition Center. The festival successfully attracted the positive response of more than 8,000 artists from over 40 countries, while attendance exceeded 210,000. Compared to the 1st Festival, the biggest changes were in professionalism and academic value; this was as a result of the relentless work of those involved. Among the most important changes was using a curator system, inviting Avantgarde Contemporary Art Center director Zhu Tong as General Curator, renowned curators Yu Ke and Xia Kejun, and Italian curator Eleonora Battison as Joint Curators. The theme was "Beautiful New World" with three major sections, "Homage to the Masters II - Exhibition of International Masters" "Beautiful New World - International Contemporary Art Exhibition", Diversified Colors/Leading Trends - Global Collection Exhibition". Whether one looks at it from the perspective of curators, theme, participating artists, the types of work, or the exhibition structure, it clearly was a very contemporary and international exhibition that marked a big step forward for the festival.
With the experience of the two previous exhibitions, it can be concluded that the Nanjing International Art Festival has already become a major cultural activity for Nanjing and even for Jiangsu Province, an event with major domestic and international influence that has not only raised the openness and integration with the outside world of China's art and culture, but even more importantly helped unearth and cultivate internationally recognized Chinese and foreign artists, promote the growth plans of artists, comprehensively raise the status and influence of Chinese artists and their work on the global stage, and play a role in valuable experimentation and exploration.
On June 13th, local time, the 15th World Chinese Entrepreneurs Conference “Partners Conference” was held in London, England. The Conference aimed to fully prepare and warm up the fifteenth World Chinese Entrepreneurs Conference, which settled in Europe for the first time in October this year.