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Honored guests, including government officials and dignitaries from sponsoring organizations, will officially open the 2010 festival in the Polsky Theatre in the Carlsen Center. The opening ceremonies will include music, remarks by distinguished guests and the ritual of kagamiwari – the breaking of the sake barrel and toast to open the festival.