China live TV programs on opening ceremony of Shanghai World Expo

Updated: 30 Apr 2010
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Fireworks explode over the Expo Performance Centre and the China pavilion during a rehearsal
for the opening ceremony of the Shanghai World Expo April 27, 2010. (IC Photo)
Time: 20:00 - 22:00, April 30, 2010
Venue: Both sides of the Huangpu River, Shanghai
Live broadcast: CCTV1, Shanghai satellite TV station, Dragon TV
The opening ceremony of the 2010 Shanghai World Expo will be held tonight from 20:00 to 22:00. The ceremony will take place indoors at both the Expo Centre and Performance Centre, as well as outdoors along the Huangpu River.
A magnificent fireworks spectacular, gala performance showcase and star-studded solo acts are set to thrill dignitaries and the viewing public alike tonight, ushering in six months of all that is Expo in Shanghai.
Featuring opera, international pop acts, folk performances and classical pieces, tonight's event is not aiming to be too grand, according to the organizers, the focus instead turning to Expo itself.
Beginning with traditional Expo rituals such as a flag raising ceremony, a parade by participating countries and speeches from officials, Expo Image Ambassador Jackie Chan and famous soprano Song Zuying will open the celebrations with Expo song "Invite the World to Share."
The opening ceremony will also feature Andrea Bocelli and Japanese pop idol Tanimura Shinji as well as piano sensation Lang Lang.
Traditional folk performances will be prominent, with acts performed alongside state-of-the-art lightening and 3D LED screens.
A Miao and Tu ethnic group will present "Play the Drum and Sing the Song," Suzhou Pingtan will be performed in Suzhou dialect and a group of 30 Dong ethnicity singers will present "Song of the Cicada."
The second part of the evening will see the cultural center's stage transformed into a global village, with performances from across the world including New Zealand, Japan, Lesotho and Italy.
Many foreign leaders have also confirmed their presence at tonight's opening ceremony, including French President Nicolas Sarkozy, South Korean President Lee Myung-bak, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and President José Manuel Barroso of the European Commission, according to Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Jiang Yu.
The last session will promote Expo's theme Better City, Better Life through the involvement of local residents, culminating with the song "Tribute to the Expo" jointly performed by well-known singers of varying genres, Liao Changyong, Tanjing, Sun Nan and Huang Ying.
Programme of the opening ceremony
First Part:
- “Play the Drum and Sing the Song" (by Miao and Tu ethnic group)
- Suzhou Pingtan Performance (in Suzhou dialect)
- “Song of the Cicada” (by a group of 30 Dong ethnicity singers)
Second Part:
- Expo song "Invite the World to Share" (by Jackie Chan and Song Zuying)
- Traditional Expo rituals: flag raising ceremony, a parade by participating countries and speeches from officials
- Song & Dance “Meet in Shanghai” (by Mao Ahming, Liu Yuanyuan, Zhou Huajian)
- Symphony, Piano, Ballet
- “Blue Danube
-“The Song of Yangtze River” (by Lang Lang)
Third Part:
- “Better City, Better Life” (by Quincy Jones and Tan Dun)
- “Brave Horns” (by New Zealand Maori Arts Troupe)
- “The Star” (by Japanese pop idol Tanimura Shinji)
- “Nessun Dorma” (by Andrea Bocelli)
- “To the Expo” (by Huangying, Tanjin, Liao Changyong and Sun Nan)
- “Love is limitless” (by Yushu earthquake orphans)
After the performances, a spectacular fireworks extravaganza will light up Shanghai, set against the Huangpu River.
Hundreds of sailboats decorated with the flags of participating countries and organizations will cruise on the water, with the music fountain in Central Square dancing as fireworks take to the skies above.
Every 30 seconds, images of peonies and willows will explode overhead, with heart-shaped fireworks symbolizing love and passion.
According to the organizer, the quantity and design of the fireworks will be better than the Beijing Olympics and much more environmentally friendly. Low carbon, low-smoke and residue-free fireworks are being used to coincide with the green theme of the event.
If you travel from Xiamen, contact Apple Travel for Shanghai Expo tickets by following the information below:
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Address Shop 18-20,Guanren Rd (behind the Marco Polo Hotel)
361006 Xiamen,
Fujian Province, China
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