The Vancouver Art Gallery, located in Robson Square, which includes the British Columbia Canada Pavilion at its 4th floor, is marking the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games with a dynamic exhibition of British Columbia’s renowned artists.
City officials are using the Winter Olympics as a platform to show the world they are leading the way with green energy. Throughout the city, pavilions have been set up to promote and educate people about environmental issues. Live City Vancouver in Yaletown is one example of this initiative. This is where the Vancouver House is located, showcasing ‘Vancouver Green Capital’, an economic development programme which highlights the work of local entrepreneurs and community leaders.
The Aboriginal Pavilion, based in the heart of downtown Vancouver (West Georgia Street & Hamilton St), promotes the culture and heritage of Canada’s oldest people, as part of British Columbia’s showcase during the Vancouver Winter Olympics. A light and visual effects show, traditional food and artwork have attracted 14,000 spectators each day since the start of the Games.
Web editor of Culture @ the Olympics (blogger and PhD student) Jennifer Jones was featured in a short video by Vancouver City Hall which was captured during the opening celebrations of W2 Media and Culture House. The series documents stories from Vancouver – from the people who live and visit the city.
Speech by the IOC President, Jacques Rogge
Dear Canadian Friends,
Here we are, back in Canada, for the third time in the history of the Olympic Games. After Montreal and Calgary, it is now the turn of the west coast of this wonderful sports loving nation to host the world’s athlete.
The David Suzuki Foundation, a science-based Canadian environmental organization, working to protect the balance of nature and quality of life, has awarded VANOC with a bronze medal for their efforts to reduce the Winter Olympic’s climate impact.
According to a press release from the Ministry of Healthy Living and Sport, BC Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games Secretariat, of the British Columbia Government, the Robson Square of Vancouver will be the scene for B.C.-focused, free entertainment every day and night during the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.
Just one day before the beginning of the Winter Olympics, more than 500 young leaders have met today (Thursday, February 11, 2010) with their Excellencies the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada, and Mr. Jean-Daniel Lafond, as well as other foreign dignitaries, government officials, special guests and Olympic athletes at the Vancouver Public Library’s Central Branch (350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, British Columbia) to mark the Olympic Truce in an open dialogue.