Portraying the Dream of Flame Relay in the Spirit of the FISU World University Games


Ronghuo, the torch of the Chengdu 2021 FISU World University Games, was officially unveiled at the Jinsha Site Museum in August 2021. The torch, representing a blend of international refinement and Chinese style charm symbolised by Sichuan's cultural elements dating back some 4,000 years, has mesmerised global audiences. To mark the 200-day countdown to the opening ceremony of the Games, we launch the 'Chengdu Makes Dreams Come True — We are Dream Chasers' Flame Exhibition Tour Event Series today, soliciting online the torch and flame relay related items, images and footages of the previous FISU Games as well as the creative design works based on Ronghuo from around the world. This campaign is to further deliver Chengdu's 'Sustainable, Smart, Spirited, and Sharing' philosophy in hosting the Games, endeavouring to present Chengdu's enthusiastic, vigorous and fashionable lifestyle by showcasing the youthful splendour of university students. Under the principle of 'Flame Exhibition Tour Plus', we would like to, through this campaign that fuses the sports event with public causes, pass on the spirit of the FISU World University Games, foster the aspirations for sportsmanship worldwide, encourage youngsters to be 'dream chasers' in this new era.




Yesterday Once More, the Great Journey to the Sport Games
— Global solicitation for FISU Games Flame-related items and stories



Since the successful bid for the 2021 FISU World University Games in 2019, Chengdu has been going all out to make everything ready for the upcoming Games under the guidelines of the Organising Committee of the Games, the CPC Sichuan Provincial Committee and Sichuan Provincial People's Government for hosting a 'streamlined, safe, and splendid' event. Chengdu also hopes to present the world with a successful and splendid international sports event that can reach the global level and truly exemplify Chinese splendour with Bashu culture and youthful style. Enduring commitment to the overall goal of ‘New Games of Chengdu in the New Era of China' as well as the requirements for hosting this event — ‘Organise Sport Events, Brand the City, Boost the Industries, and Benefit the People’, we announce that the online solicitation part of the Flame Exhibition Tour Event Series is officially launched. For more details, please visit our website.



This campaign aims to showcase the great history of sports in rejuvenating the Chinese nation by looking inside China's developmental milestones in sports and to refresh audiences' memories of flames in sports events of different times while providing an opportunity for more citizens to learn and join the Chengdu 2021 FISU World University Games. Now we are calling for global submissions, till 31 March 2022, of your items, images and footages related to FISU Games torches and flame relays. The items, images and footages offered will be exhibited in the offline exhibitions during the Flame Exhibition Tour Event Series. Meanwhile, providers will be granted certificates of honour together with Chengdu 2021 FISU World University Games licensed products.



It is reported that the Exhibition Tour scenarios incorporating Bashu culture and Ronghuo are under design and construction. A series of flame-themed exhibitions will be held at museums, higher education institutions, greenways, communities, and stadiums across Chengdu. All these will help bolster Chengdu’s hallmark as a 'consumer city' and a 'city of leisure' to the world, display Chengdu's progress in building itself into a 'park city' and a world-famous city of sports events, and extend the city’s clout and reputation in the world. Perhaps your stories with the flames will take you back to the splendid days and make you experience the aesthetics of sports again. We sincerely invite you to tell your exciting flame-related stories to the world, encouraging more and more young people to surge forward amid the developing trend of times.



Portraying the Beautiful Dream and Embracing the Bright Future
— 'Sparks of Flame' to light the world



Ronghuo, the torch of Chengdu 2021 FISU World University Games fusing years' of local history with trendy charm, has become an incarnation of the cultural heritage for the Chengdu 2021 FISU Games since its design by XU Liaoyuan. In an interview, XU said, "The flame is supposed to incorporate the international standards and Bashu culture. So the nozzle of the torch has been designed in the 'Sun Bird' pattern, indicating the philosophy of our ancient Shu people in pursuit of brightness, harmony and inclusiveness by forging ahead in solidity and demonstrating the Chinese nation’s hardworking and tireless efforts for seeking greater heights." He added, "Pandas, bamboos and other iconic elements from Tianfu culture have also been integrated into the design, making the torch gorgeous in rainbow-like colours we see in Sichuan and representing the vitality of university students with bright prospects. This torch of the Games, combining all these design elements, is bound to showcase a panorama of Chengdu to the wider world."



Youth illuminates this new era, so does it write a chapter for new glory and embrace a new world for us all. The sparks of flame will be pooled from all over the world to the Chengdu 2021 FISU World University Games, kindling the passions of youngsters worldwide. On such an occasion, a campaign themed 'Sparks of Flame' to solicit creative works for the Games is open to the world. People from all walks of life are encouraged to submit creative works related to arts and daily lives.



The 'Sparks of Flame' campaign has three categories. The first category includes graphic designs, posters and illustrations, the participants for which are required to design a Ronghuo-related pattern, emphasising the fusion of the two elements of the Chengdu 2021 FISU World University Games and the torch. The second category includes derivatives of the torch, i.e., the design of Ronghuo-based souvenirs and daily necessities. The third category includes the artistic derivatives of the torch, i.e., drawings and sculptures related to Ronghuo.


The campaign will last until 9 January 2022. Finalists and the winners (first, second and third prizes) will be selected by the juries upon the appraisal and scores of all the works. The excellent works will be on display at the offline exhibitions during the Flame Exhibition Tour Event Series and the designers will be granted certificates of honour and gifts.


The torch, symbolising hope and brightness, is incessantly expressing the passions for sports and aspirations for rejuvenation during flame relays. The Flame Exhibition Tour Event Series will provide a good opportunity for more citizens to get involved in the flame relay. We are waiting for uniquely aesthetic works conveying positive ideas and appealing to audiences. Want to seek attention from around the world? Find out more in the Chengdu 2021 FISU World University Games. Join us now!

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