January 7 - Gwangju 2015 has appointed Park Myeong-seong as executive director of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies for the Summer Universiade due to take place in the South Korean city next year.
"I feel great responsibility to take over the role of director for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Gwangju Universiade, an international sports festival attended by more than 20,000 participants from 170 nations," he said.
"I will try my best to make a performance fit for an international event, while also making Gwangju known globally."
Upon Park's appointment, Gwangju Mayor Kang Un-tae was keen to emphasis four main points that the director should incorporate into the two Ceremonies.
Firstly, the Ceremonies should evolve into a festival for all those in attendance at the Main Stadium, and around the nation, to enjoy - as seen in the street festivals during the 2002 FIFA World Cup that took place in South Korea and Japan.
He also wants them to highlight Gwangju's spirit as a city of human rights and to spread the message of these rights, as well as democracy and peace, to all corners of the world.
Certain emphasis should also be put on Gwangju's ongoing work with the United Nations and other international organisations to form a united Korean team for the Universiade, with links to the successful Youth Leadership Programme, which ran in August of last year and saw 33 youths from 19 different nations cultivating leadership skills by participating in various sports activities.
Finally, with Gwangju known as the city of lights, the Ceremonies should become a festival of lights, showcasing the city's state-of-the-art lighting technology with displays of the latest lasers and LED.
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