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1999 international great wall art festival opens

DATELINE: Beijing, May 23, 1999

the '99 international great wall art festival opened today at the foot of the juyong pass section of the wall. the opening of the festival was led by miao ethnic nationality dancers from central china's hunan province. the hong kong city contemporary dance company displayed a multicultural flavor in their dance, and a folk dance troupe from colombia presented carnival dances. artists from taipei and thailand also performed at the opening ceremony. with the theme of cherishing and protecting peace, the festival will last 45 days and feature artists from brazil, finland, belarus, canada, and other countries.