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Beijing to Hold Olympic Cultural Festival

      (September 18, 2003, Beijing) – The Beijing 2008 -- First Olympic Cultural Festival will be held from September 31 through 30 in the capital city.

      The Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad (BOCOG) made the announcement in a press conference today.

      The festival is aimed at showcasing the magnificent and long-standing Chinese culture and civilization, promoting the propagation and development of the Olympic spirits in China and publicizing the three concepts of “Green, High-tech and People’s Olympic Games”, according to the organizer.

      Under the theme of “Enchanting Beijing, Cultural Olympics,” the festival includes unique opening and closing ceremonies, exhibitions of the Beijing Olympic Games Emblem and other candidate entries. At the same time, scholars and experts from home and abroad will be invited to take part in symposiums on Olympic Games image design and cultural innovation, Olympic torch relay, Chinese jade culture and Olympic spirits, Olympic education, and digital film and television for Olympic Games. Other activities for mass participation, including performance of Taiji (shadow boxing) by 10,000 people on the Great Wall, open-air cultural events and English speaking contests for high school students, will also be staged during the festival. Further and detailed information is available at www.beijing-2008.org or www.beijing-olympic.org.cn.

      In the wake of the launch of the Beijing 2008 Marketing Programme on September 1, the Olympic Cultural Festival is yet another very important event, which is rich in contents and long-lasting. The organizer is trying to establish the name of the festival by making it a distinctive and attractive event, in which ordinary citizens are eager to participate.

      The festival has gained approval from the State Council, the Ministry of Culture, the General Administration of Radio, Film and Television, the State Sport General Administration of China and the Beijing Municipal Government. It has been confirmed that BOCOG is to stage Beijing 2008 -- Olympic Cultural Festival each year from 2003 to 2008.

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