'Peace, Friendship, Love' concert held for Beijing 2022, Paris 2024
A special concert dedicated to the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games and Paris 2024 Olympic Games was broadcast on France's TV5 Monde on February 1, the first day of the Year of the Tiger, and China's CCTV-15 on February 14.
Performed by some 100 artists from around the world, the programs of the 110-minute concert "Peace, Friendship, Love" were recorded separately in Beijing, China and Paris, France.
The concert's theme resonates with the aspiration of Pierre de Coubertin, the father of modern Olympics, who happened to be French, to promote world peace through the Games. It was dedicated to interpreting the spirit of the Olympic Games and the meaning of the Olympic Movement through artistic programs.
Along with classics such as "Four Seasons," "Toreador Song," "Ode to Joy," "O Sole Mio" and "Les Choristes," Chinese cultural elements, such as China's Kunqu Opera performance, cheongsam dance, lion dance and kung fu performance, were also displayed in the concert.
The concert has received congratulatory letters and telegrams from home and abroad.
"Art transcends national boundaries, and the rich history and dynamic contemporary spirit of China and France are presented through this concert to jointly interpret the profound theme of 'peace, friendship and love,'" said Lu Shaye, China's ambassador to France.
"May the friendship between China and France last forever," French Ambassador to China Laurent Bili said in his congratulatory letter.