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28 Jan 2008
IOC News , museum-news-articles

2 February 2008: the Olympic Museum opens its doors once again

On Saturday 2 February, the Olympic Museum will once again open its doors to the public after one month of closure, with Beijing 2008 on the agenda. This major temporary exhibition which, for the first time, covers the three exhibition zones, will introduce visitors to modern China, i.e. the ongoing process of change in society through the catalyst of the Olympic Games, but also to what remains of Eternal China.
7 February 2008: beginning of the Beijing 2008 festivities!
7 February, Chinese New Year’s Day, will begin the events programme set up by the Educational and Cultural Section. A chance to discover a China between tradition and modernity, devised with the assistance and generosity of contributors directly from China and the Chinese community living in Switzerland.
A Glimpse of the Programme
Thursday 7 to Sunday 10 February from 2.30 to 5 p.m.: Paper cutting and calligraphy. Find out about the Year of the Rat and the other animals of Chinese astrology with the signs of the Zodiac. Demonstrations and introductions to the lion dance and other traditional dances. Typical delicacies and images of the New Year in Beijing.
Friday 8 to Sunday 10 February at 3 p.m.: Ravioli workshop hosted by two chefs from the Beijing Hotel Management School. Price: CHF 15.
Sunday 17 February at 11 a.m.: Guided tour of the Beijing 2008 exhibition by Gérald Béroud, Director of SinOptic. Information on 021 621 65 11.
…and a Taste of what’s to Come
These events are only a taste of what the Olympic Museum is offering as part of the Games of the XXIX Olympiad. From 16 to 30 March, PâKOMUZé, the joint event aimed at youngsters organised by Lausanne’s museums, will be entirety devoted to China. From 17 to 20 April, four months before the Games, thoughts on modern China with, among other things, an Agora and all new activities. From 8 to 24 August, the Olympic Museum will be in harmony with the Olympic Games. There will be many other surprises with a Chinese flavour during the Museums’ Night on 27 September and Olympic Week from 12 to 16 October.
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