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04 Mar 2005
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BEIJING 2008: Proposals Wanted For Opening And Closing Ceremonies

The Organising Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad – Beijing 2008 (BOCOG) has launched a search for proposals for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Beijing Games. BOCOG is looking, not only for propositions that could create a fabulous show for both the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, but also for proposals that could contain indications or ideas that could be included in the ceremonies.

Harmony and peace
The proposals for the ceremonies should help to promote the Olympic spirit, create a jubilant atmosphere for the Games and give the participants a warm welcome. They should embrace the concepts of Green Olympics, High-tech Olympics and People’s Olympics, which are the three pillars of the Beijing 2008 vision. The proposals should be creative and original and interpret the rich connotations of “harmony” and “peace” that are central to the idea of People’s Olympics.

Guide and inspire
A BOCOG selection panel will examine the proposals and look for submissions that promote the distinguishing features of Beijing 2008 that may guide or inspire the ceremonies design team, with some improvement. Anyone who is interested in contributing to these ceremonies, by proposing a concept, should visit for further details and all the documentation submit a proposal. The deadline for submissions is 31 July 2005 and the final plans for the ceremonies are expected to be finalised no later than May 2007. The Games will take place from 8 August until 24 August 2008.

Previous opening ceremonies
Previous Olympic Games host cities have often set the tone for their Games through spectacular Opening Ceremonies, which reflected the culture and identity of the host nation. Sydney 2000 held an Opening Ceremony that reflected Sydney’s and Australia’s link to the sea and the outback. Athens 2004 used their 3,000 years of Olympic Games history to present Greece and Athens to the world. The world is now waiting to see the next instalment from Beijing.

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