BEIJING 2008: 4th Cultural Festival Announced
The Organising Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad – Beijing 2008 (BOCOG) has announced that the 4th “Beijing 2008” Cultural Festival will run from 23 June to 15 July 2006 in Beijing. The opening ceremony of the festival is to be held at the Badaling section of the Great Wall and a local TV station will show a large-scale live quiz show to help spread Olympic knowledge among the local audience on the opening night. Commenting on the festival, Wang Ning, Director of BOCOG’s Culture and Ceremonies Department, said, “We hold the Olympic Cultural Festival before the two-year countdown so the Chinese people will have a chance to share the atmosphere of the upcoming Olympic Games.”
Enjoy the Olympic Games
The theme of the festival is “Experience the civilisation & enjoy the Olympic Games” and it will be the fourth year in a row that such an event will be run. The event will highlight 28 events including Olympic cultural activities for mass participation, the Beijing International Sports Film Week and a series of open-air concerts.
Music, Films and Discussion
During the festival, the 4th International Forum on the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games will be a forum of discussion on topics such as Olympic films, Olympic-related cultural creativity and Olympic music. This will be an ideal opportunity for participants to discuss the 30 plus movies from the Olympic Television Archive Bureau (OTAB) and from around the world that will be on show to local film fans during the festival. The event will also see the “Olympic Beats” open-air concert series, which will be held at locations throughout the city, with the festival reaching its crescendo on 15 July when a dozen songs selected from the third annual solicitation of Olympic songs will make their debut at the events closing ceremony.
The Games of the XXIX Olympiad – Beijing 2008 will take place from 8 to 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.