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24 Mar 2004
Olympic News

Beijing to host several high-profile cultural activities this year

The Organising Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing (BOCOG) will host several high-profile cultural activities this year. The Beijing leg of the torch relay for the Athens Olympic Games and the handover ceremony of the Olympic llag at the Closing Ceremony in Athens are the highlights.

Torch relay in Beijing
A preliminary relay route of around 45 to 65 kilometres has been selected. This route will showcase the Chinese capital's historic vistas and modern attractions. The flame will arrive in Beijing on 8 June.

Artistic performance at Closing Ceremony
BOCOG is working with a group of famous directors, singers and technicians in preparation for the handover ceremony of the Olympic flag and their artistic performances at the Closing Ceremony of the Athens Games on 29 August 2004. This event will mark the beginning of the countdown of the Beijing Olympic Games.

Second Olympic Cultural Festival
As well as these activities, Beijing will hold its second Olympic Cultural Festival from 23 June to 13 July. The theme of this year's Olympic Cultural Festival is ”Sports - Bridge of Culture and Friendship Linking East and West”. The festival will feature exhibitions and forums on the Olympic Movement and a series of activities in the city.

Learn more on the Torch Relay - Official website of Athens 2004
Learn more on Beijing 2008
Official website of Beijing 2008
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