Artistic and technical fusion of traditional and modern cultures of Asia will combine to release a vigorous "Celebration of Youth" at the closing ceremony of the second Asian Youth Games to be held on Saturday night, the director said Thursday.
The closing ceremony of these Games is the culmination of months of work by director Zhang Xiaosu, producer Zhao Jingli and music director Pan Lei, who also masterminded last week's opening ceremony.
Zhao said the show will "surprise" many and be "an unforgettable expression of happiness and sharing. Those are the key values we would like the athletes to take home with them."
She added, "The closing ceremony will display numerous multi-cultural elements, including traditional Chinese elements combined with international popular music elements."
The organizers reached out to Nanjing area schools and drew on an advisory group of 14-17 year old students to help them in their creative planning.
"They've helped us develop a celebration where Chinese culture is shared with a journey through traditional, folk and popular music and other performances," said Zhang. "The music will be infectious and celebrate the peoples from all areas of Asia."
And the hour-long farewell event will also feature 1,600 performers from local schools.
One traditional ceremony element will take place when a Sri Lanka delegation of officials and performers deliver a vibrant eight-minute invitation to the youthful athletes of Asia to join them in the southern coastal city Hambantota in 2017 for the third Asian Youth Games. There will also be the traditional transfer of the Asian Youth Games flag from the Chinese organizers to the Sri Lanka Games committee.
As the final act of the Games, the cauldron that has burned brightly atop the Nanjing Olympic Sports Center Stadium since its Aug. 16 lighting will be extinguished. The ceremonial manner by which it is to be extinguished, however, remains a closely guarded secret.