Asian Games get cultural

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The 16th Asian Games (, part of the worldwide Olympic movement and governed by the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA), began in Guangzhou, China on Friday 12 November 2010 and will finish on 27 November 2010.

During the event some 3, 989 medals will be awarded. The medals for the 16th Asian Games take their theme from the ancient Silk Road and are a positive fusing of the Games and emblem of the OCA together with graphics depicting the Guangzhou city flower ... the red kapok. Featuring the OCA logo of the dancing dragon and soaring hawk, the medals also depict the OCA's shining sun visual effect through a bowstring grain design that expresses the core elements of the 16th Asian Games–the bright sun and the delicate Red Kapok flower. Each of the award ceremony elements have been meticulously prepared to the finest details include all of the medals, certificates, flowers, awards platform, pallets and background boards used as well as specific sizes for each national flag, timed national anthems and opening award ceremony music. The 16th Asian Games awards bouquet will consist mainly of gladiolus, red ear crown composition, plus crystal grass, blue leaf, turtle bamboo or golden bowl anise for accent decoration. There are 39 Asian Games ceremony work teams with 1, 166 workers, 146 team workers, 380 awards etiquette staff, 250 flag–raising staff and 390 general volunteers. The flag raising staff come from Guangdong Armed Police Department, Guangzhou military region and Hong Kong units. Some 380 awards etiquette and 250 flag–raising staff will work together to form 23 ceremony professional volunteer teams. During the event there will be a total of 317 sessions of 38 programmes presented as an Asian Games cultural campaign by more than 2, 000 artists from over 20 countries and regions during Games–time. As scheduled, a series of culture events will be carried out in 17 venues like Xinghai Concert Hall, Guangzhou Baiyun International Convention Centre, Huanghuagang Theatre, and Friendship Theatre from 8 November to 19 December 2010. The number of performing sessions far exceeds that of the 9th China Art Festival (111 sessions in total), which makes the Asian Games cultural campaign hit the record with the biggest number of sessions in Guangzhou. The performance proramme includes well–known plays from Asian countries and regions as well as native and local plays from the host city, showcasing diversified cultures in the Asian countries/regions and offering a platform for cultural communications. Audiences will enjoy the splendid culture events in terms of operas, dances, Cantonese Opera, acrobatics, concerts and so on. Asian Games culture events are mainly open to three groups. Firstly, it is for guests that come to participate in the Asian Games, that is, officials of the Olympic Concil of Asia and delegations from Asian countries/regions, and journatlists. Secondly, it is for visitors and spectators from different countries/regions. Thirdly, it is mainly for Guangzhou residents. Guangzhou residents can get free tickets through lucky draws, and others can buy tickets from www. piao. com. cn. Besides that, almost 100 shows wiil be available to the pubilc for free in main squares in Guangzhou.

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