Group photo after the Culutre Committee meeting.
Bangkok, Thailand, November 4, 2019: The Olympic Council of Asia Culture Committee has agreed to add a festival and expo alongside the OCA portfolio of multi-sport games in order to promote Asian culture and sports history.
The Culture Committee met at the Arnoma Grand Hotel in Bangkok on Monday under the leadership of the committee Chair, IOC Member Khunying Patama Leeswadtrakul.
The decision of the committee was taken following a survey of trends and challenges during the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang, Indonesia, in 2018 and the new initiative aims to involve more young people in and around the various games.
It is planned to host a festival of music, culture and food as well as an expo for sports history, including a mobile museum, and commercial companies in an effort to combine entertainment and education and add a new dimension to the OCA's sports events. The festival/expo will take place at one designated site in the host city.
The OCA will contract an events management company to put together the festival and expo in association with the organising committee of each games and the tourism board of each host city.
The plan is to begin the festival/expo at the 6th Asian Beach Games in Sanya, China in November 2020 and build on this concept for the 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou, China in 2022.The new-look, modernised website of the OCA was also introduced to members of the Culture Committee before the official launch later in the evening.