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Washington DC -- Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Arts Festival 2004 "Olympic Truce: Pieces of Peace" took place on December 13, at the building of the Delegation of the European Commission to the United States in Washington, DC. This multinational project on Peace and Unity is hosted to celebrate the return of the Olympics to their roots and the closing of the Athens Olympic year 2004.
The exhibition is organized by the Embassy of Greece in collaboration with the Delegation of the European Commission to the United States. Countries from around the world exhibit artwork and present performing arts from their unique cultures.
Azerbaijan is represented by artist Eliyar Alimirzayev's work -- "Tightrope Walker" at this exhibition. "Tightrope Walker" is part of the "Rassam" exhibition hosted at the Atrium Gallery of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington D.C. in July, 2004. "Rassam" exhibition is organized by Qiz Qalasi Art Gallery in Baku, The U.S. Azerbaijan Chamber of Commerce (USACC), and The Art Society of the IMF.
The Olympic Arts Festival celebrates the Olympic Movement and demonstrates the cultural aspects of the Olympiad in showcasing the work of artists from the international community. The Olympic Truce was initiated by Greece in 776 B.C. In 2003 UN resolution on Olympic Truce was adopted by its 190 member-states. Today the Olympic Truce has become an expression of mankind's desire to build a world based on human scale, reconciliation and tolerance.
The Olympic Art Festival 2004 exhibition will be on display until December 17, 2004 at the hall of the European Commission (2300 M Street, N.W., Washington, DC).
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