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7 March 2005, 05:15 pm
Hunt For Beijing 2008 Ceremony Ideas
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Beijing, China

The Organizing Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad - Beijing 2008 has launched a search for proposals for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Beijing Games.
In Athens last year sailing took centre stage with the XXVIII Olympiad officially opened by windsurfer, Nikolaos KAKLAMANAKIS (GRE). Sixteen days later the flame he lit was extinguished by 470 gold medallists Sofia BEKATOROU (GRE) and Emilia TSOULFA (GRE) at the Closing Ceremony. The 2000 Olympic Games also saw the organizers emphasizing Sydney's close links to the sea and the integral place they have in the heart of the city.

The Committee 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. Proposals should embrace the three pillars of the Beijing 2008 vision: the Green Olympics; the High-tech Olympics and; the People's Olympics.

A selection panel will examine the proposals and look for submissions that promote the distinguishing features of Beijing 2008. The deadline for submissions is 31 July 2005 and the final plans for the ceremonies are expected to be finalized no later than May 2007.

The Games will take place from 8 to 24 August 2008.

IOC 2005 (As Amended By ISAF). Image, Nikos KAKLAMANAKIS lights Olympic cauldron:© Adam Pretty/Adam Pretty/Getty Images
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