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Expo opening ceremony set

THE opening ceremony of the 2010 Shanghai World Expo will be held on the night of April 30 next year, the Expo organizer said yesterday.

The ceremony will take place indoors at both the Expo Center and Performance Center, as well as outdoors along the Huangpu River.

Meanwhile, the organizer also revealed yesterday that visitors to the Expo will be able to delight in the singing of Spanish tenor Placido Domingo, be thrilled by Canada's Cirque du Soleil and marvel at Shaolin and Wudang kung fu displays.

About 680 performances from across the world have been selected to perform during the 2010 event, and some world famous performers have already confirmed their participation, said Hu Jinjun, deputy director general of the Bureau of Shanghai World Expo Coordination, yesterday.

Visitors will also have a chance to watch traditional African performances like a drum show from Burundi, Hu said.

The Expo will have about 1,000 performances and a total of more than 20,000 sessions during the 184-day event. About 100 sessions will be held every day in 32 outdoor or indoor stages dotted around the Expo site.

Hu said Domingo is expected to sing in the Performance Center, and the Cirque du Soleil will perform in Canada Pavilion.

There will be no extra charge for those performances unless numbers have to be restricted because of demand, Hu added.

Shanghai will provide an opera and a melodrama at the 2010 event.


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