Details of the 2010 Shanghai World Expo are beginning to be released and it seems like the motto of the Olympic Games is being used again — no expense spared to make it work. Perhaps the motto should be, "Nothing exceeds like excess."
There will be more than 100 performances in the Expo site every day and visitors will need an RMB160 ($23.35) ticket which will last from 9am to midnight — the opening hours — and see performances ranging from the latest pop music to some of the world’s rarest ethnic music and dance acts which will be staged continuously.
The performances will be staged on the 32 indoor and outdoor stages dotted throughout the Expo site.
Hu Jinjun, deputy director general of the Bureau of Shanghai World Expo Coordination, said about 680 acts from around the world have been selected for the event, and some world-famous performers have already confirmed their participation.
Shanghai Daily reports that apart from the stage shows, there will be regular parades through the Pudong and Puxi sections of the Expo site. On festival days and special occasions there will be fireworks along the Huangpu River.
Connoisseurs of Expos will make sure they get there, including this writer who started with Montreal’s Expo 67 and, as far as is known, has not missed one since.