On the evening of 21st August 2020, the gala themed "Love Chengdu, Embrace the Games" was held at Dong'an Lake Sports Park.
The theme gala was started with a fabulous light show "Nestle the Phoenix", turning the external facade of Dong'an Lake Sports Park Stadium into a splendid stage. Lighting on the facade was dancing, first presenting the Games' emblem, then changing into a shape of a phoenix who flew high with grace. The phoenix disappeared in the sky, carrying the hope and dream of Chengdu, the host city of the Chengdu 2021 FISU World University Games Summer, to high above.
Next programme was the folk art show -- "Dong'an Lake Drum Beats". This drum show was performed with a stylish video presenting various intangible cultural heritage of Sichuan, such as face-changing and fire-spitting show, impressing the audience with the charming mix of the both. Following this was the original song "Come with Dreams", which was performed by some representatives of venue constructors, the Games' sponsors and university students as well as extreme sports athletes, making a perfect fuse of sports and artistic performance.
Other programmes were impressive too, expressing Chengdu people's zealous expectations towards the Games: a creative bike show "On the Way", interactive games "Sporting Chengdu, Dynamic Community", "2021 Hand in Hand" song & dance show, and a folklore show -- "Sichuan Taiji Dragon", which involved more than one hundred performers doing Taiji together. With so many people participating, the cheerful vibe of welcoming the Games was brought out.
In addition, city volunteers of the Games presented a Sichuan-style rap show: "2021, See You in Chengdu" which involved typical Sichuan elements such as pandas and Chengdu cuisine. A group of children art troupe also gave a lovely panda-acting show. With these wonderful programmes, Chengdu is sending the world a message: Chengdu is ready! 2021, see you in Chengdu!