BEIJING 2008: 3rd Beijing 2008 Olympic Cultural Festival gets underway
The third “Beijing 2008” Olympic Cultural Festival is currently underway in Beijing. The festival, which will run from 23 June to 16 July in Beijing and Qingdao, has the theme of “Civilisation of Beijing, Passion for the Olympic Games”. The Cultural Festival comprises 20 major activities, five of which have been highlighted. These highlighted events are the opening and closing ceremonies, the Olympic cultural square activities, the first Beijing International Sports Film Week and the “Olympic Time” concerts.
The opening ceremony, which was held on 26 June at the China Millennium Monument, saw stage performances by artists in the spirit of the Beijing Olympic Games, as well as the announcement of the slogan for the Beijing Games.
Olympic Cultural Square
The Olympic cultural square activities are events open to the public that will be held simultaneously in six areas of Beijing on two weekends in July. The six areas where the cultural activities are taking place are Chaoyang Park, Shichahai area, Ditan Park, Zhoukoudian Cultural Square, Tianqiao Folk Customs Cultural Square and Lianhuachi Park.
International Sports Film Week
The first Beijing International Sports Film Week is being jointly organised by the Organising Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad – Beijing 2008 (BOCOG) and the State General Administration of Radio, Film and Television. The theme of the film week is “Century-old Movies, Century-old Olympics”. This is the first such festival of its kind in China.
The “Olympic Time” concerts will be held from 23 June to 16 July in Chaoyang Park. These concerts will allow Beijing residents to enjoy a 90-minute concert every night in the park.
The closing ceremony of the Cultural Festival will be held at the Olympic sports centre on 16 July. This event will see the release of ten songs for the Beijing Olympic Games. The lyrics have been selected from songs that were entered in the second-round theme song Beijing Olympic solicitation. A host of famous singers are also expected to join the celebrations.
The Games of the XXIX Olympiad – Beijing 2008 will take place from 8 August 2008 until 24 August 2008. The Games in Beijing will play host to the 28 summer sports currently on the Olympic programme. Approximately 10,500 athletes are expected to participate in the Games with around 20,000 accredited media bringing the Games to the world.
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