curtain raising

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Noun1.curtain raising - the first performance (as of a theatrical production)curtain raising - the first performance (as of a theatrical production); "the opening received good critical reviews"
start - the beginning of anything; "it was off to a good start"
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Besides Charge d' Affairs Chinese Embassy, General Manager XCMG Group Asia-Pacific, Ma Zhongyi, Vice President of Shandong Heavy Industry Group Xu Zichun, representatives of Chinese construction enterprises in Pakistan, China and Pakistan mainstream media gathered for curtain raising of service line activities.
Nitya is on a four-day visit to Japan from Sunday mainly to attend the curtain raising ceremony of the 120th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Japan and Thailand.
PREMIERSHIP flop Juan Sebastian Veron regained hero status by scoring Inter Milan's extra-time winner that beat beat Juventus 1-0 in the curtain raising Supercup.