Beijing Foreign Language Festival 2018 opens

2018-10-13 18:10 千龙网

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Guests launch the Beijing Foreign Language Festival 2018 at Beijing Chaoyang Park on October 13, 2018. [Photo by Ai Ting/Qianlong]

With the theme of “learn foreign languages, promote exchanges and prepare for the Olympic Winter Games”, the annual Beijing Foreign Language Festival 2018 kicked off at the main venue at Beijing Chaoyang Park on October 13, 2018.

This year, the festival brought forth new and diversified activities for visitors at the main venue. A total of 20 activities including foreign language talent shows, expert lectures, multicultural shows, traditional culture exhibitions and photo exhibition on public sign translations were held at different areas in orange, red, blue, green and gold.

The activities mainly highlighted the close relationship between foreign language learning and Winter Olympic language learning, capital’s international exchange center construction as well as citizens’ practical use of foreign languages.

During the opening ceremony, Chen Mingming, head of the advisory panel of the Organizing Committee of Beijing Speaks Foreign Languages Programme (BSFLP) and foreign language expert of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, called on citizens to make greater contributions to the construction of an international language environment in Beijing.

“The festival was held at a very important moment when the four-year countdown to the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics had begun. The games will bring the attention of the world back to Beijing again, and Beijing will welcome athletes from all over the world with open arms. So let us work together to learn foreign languages and ensure a full success of the games,” he said.

It is noteworthy that this year, the festival issued 10,000 free tickets via a QR code to the public for the first time. Citizens could scan the QR code to apply for free tickets on the WeChat accounts or official websites of the Foreign Affairs Office of the People’s Government of Beijing Municipality and Qianlong.com.

In addition, besides the activities at the main venue, more than 10 activities will also be held at branch venues of related departments, seven districts and universities in Beijing from April to December, 2018.

Beijing Foreign Language Festival is the only large city-wide garden activity on the theme of “foreign language exchange and learning” in Beijing. It has been held for 19 times and attracted more than one million citizens. Now it has become an important platform for citizens to exchange foreign language learning experiences and display foreign language learning results, aiming to stimulate citizens’ enthusiasm for learning foreign languages, promote citizens’ understanding of cultures of different countries and improve citizens’ foreign language communication level and international communication ability.

Guests pose for photos during the opening ceremony of the Beijing Foreign Language Festival 2018 at Beijing Chaoyang Park on October 13, 2018. [Photo by Ai Ting/Qianlong]

Michael Crook (L1), member of the advisory panel of the BSFLP Organizing Committee, sings foreign songs during the opening ceremony of the Beijing Foreign Language Festival 2018 at Beijing Chaoyang Park on October 13, 2018. [Photo by Ai Ting/Qianlong]

Guests and visitors sing together during the opening ceremony of the Beijing Foreign Language Festival 2018 at Beijing Chaoyang Park on October 13, 2018. [Photo by Ai Ting/Qianlong]

Members of the Foreign Language Association of Tuanjiehu of Chaoyang District of Beijing give a yangko performance during the opening ceremony of the Beijing Foreign Language Festival 2018 at Beijing Chaoyang Park on October 13, 2018. [Photo by Ai Ting/Qianlong]

Foreign students of Beijing International Arts School give an acrobatic performance during the opening ceremony of the Beijing Foreign Language Festival 2018 at Beijing Chaoyang Park on October 13, 2018. [Photo by Ai Ting/Qianlong]

Staff members of Beijing Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine give a Tai Chi performance during the opening ceremony of the Beijing Foreign Language Festival 2018 at Beijing Chaoyang Park on October 13, 2018. [Photo by Ai Ting/Qianlong]

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