W2 Media House Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Irwin Oostindie, welcoming the world to W2

This morning was the official opening and ribbon cutting ceremony for the W2 Culture and Media House; the first independent media centre of its kind, offering space and providing the infrastructure, resources and support for unaccredited media, independent journalists and bloggers from around the world and around the corner who are covering this story of Vancouver during the 2010 Winter Games.

The W2 has created a work and social environment in a 1903 heritage building at 112 West Hastings. 13,000 square feet featuring a mix of Vancouver artists, designers, quiet work space, daily media events for community organizations, a 24/7 webcast, and open to the public.

W2 welcomed Vancouver’s current Mayor Gregor Robertson (@mayorgregor), who captured his own image of gathering crowd on his iphone and shared via twitpic.com.

W2 will also play a part of the first-ever Cultural Olympiad partnership spanning two Olympic Games, as W2 partners with Abandon Normal Devices (UK) with the assistance of Vancouver 2010 and the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad programme in the Northwest of England.

The team at Culture @ the Olympics will be working close with W2 during Games time and are proud to be part of the unique experience which the space has to offer. We’re hoping that they’ll be more to follow in the coming days.