June 2007


(HONG KONG, June 30) – To celebrate the HKSAR 10th Anniversary and to promote the two upcoming international mega sports events: 2008 Olympic Equestrian Events and 2009 East Asian Games (EAG), the “2008 Olympic Landscape Sculpture International Tour Exhibition-Hong Kong” was launched today. The exhibition was co-presented by the Sports Federation & Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China, 2009 East Asian Games (Hong Kong) Limited, the Organizing Committee of 2008 Olympic Landscape Sculpture Designs Contest, and sub-vented by Leisure and Cultural Services Department. It was the first large-scale Olympic-themed sculpture exhibition hosted in Hong Kong. The participation of numerous guests and media representatives have created a joyful atmosphere.

The “2008 Olympic Landscape Sculpture International Tour Exhibition-Hong Kong” launching ceremony was held on 30th June, 2007 (Saturday) at 12:00 noon at the Olympic Square of Hong Kong Park. It was our honour to have the Hon. Timothy FOK, President of Sports Federation & Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China and Chairman of the 5th EAG Planning Committee, Mr. LIU Peng, Director, General Administration of Sport of China and Mr. CHOW Tat Ming, Thomas, Director of Leisure & Cultural Services as the officiating guests of the ceremony.

The Hon. Timothy FOK, President of Sports Federation & Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China and Chairman of the 5th EAG Planning Committee expressed his excitement to this event, “The exhibition displays 110 outstanding artworks submitted by artists around the world. It is the first time that there is such a large-scaled Olympic-themed sculpture exhibition in Hong Kong and the public can experience the spirit of Olympism on one hand, and the art of sculpture on the other hand. I wish that the public’s support and enthusiasm on sports can be maintained to celebrate the upcoming international sports events together in Hong Kong: 2008 Olympic Equestrian Events and 2009 East Asian Games.”

The exhibition will be held from 1st July to 10th July 2007 at Hong Kong Park with the opening hours from 6am to 11pm. Admission is free. A total of 110 pieces of distinctive Olympic Sculptures will be exhibited in 5 designated locations, where the key exhibition area will be the Olympic Square. All sculptures embody the very essence of Olympic spirit, as well as displaying the unique features of the Beijing Olympics and even harking back to the wisdom of the ancient Chinese sages. HK public can now experience the Olympic dreams in Hong Kong through vivid artistic event.

Moreover, in order to strengthen the public awareness and encourage their participation towards 2008 Olympic Equestrian Events and 2009 East Asian Games, the exhibition area is decorated under the theme of “Asian Sports Capital” so as to enhance the enjoyment and pleasure of sculpture appreciation.

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(BEIJING, June 23) — The 5th Beijing 2008 Olympic Cultural Festival was declared open Saturday evening at the International Sculpture Park in Shijingshan District.

During the ceremony, BOCOG President Liu Qi, who is also member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and secretary of Beijing Municipal CPC Committee, announced the official start of the fifth Beijing 2008 Olympic Cultural Festival. Chen Zhili, State Councilor and BOCOG First Vice-President, also attended the event and unveiled a piece of theme sculpture for the cultural festival.

Addressing the opening ceremony, Meng Xiaosi, Vice Minister of Culture and chief organizer of the cultural festival, said the event would play an important role in promoting the Olympic spirit and building up a positive Olympic environment. In particular, the event would serve to foster the spirit of “I participate, I contribute, and I enjoy.”

Liu Qi announces the official start of the cultural festival.

Chen Zhili unveils a piece of theme sculpture for the cultural festival.

The International Sculpture Park, located in the western part of China’s Capital, was alive and throbbing with an atmosphere of festivity. At 6pm, art performance and cultural activities are held in six special sections in the park, including a welcome area, a photo exhibit, a folk customs exhibit, a fitness area, an entertainment area, and stage performances.

During the ceremony, local chorus teams, performance teams and disabled persons’ organizations brought their Olympic-theme songs and dances to the audience. Olympic champions and popular singers also went on the stage.

Themed “One World One Dream — I participate, I contribute, and I enjoy”, this cultural festival integrates sports with culture, featuring about 110 sports and cultural activities ranging from Olympic live sites, films, forums, exhibitions, open-air concerts, and cultural activities for persons with a disability and the youth.

This cultural festival is the fifth one in a row since its debut in 2003 and the last one prior to the opening ceremony for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.

Performance at the ceremony