A conference taking place at University of Northampton on July 13th will feature debates about the Cultural Olympiad as a core part of its agenda. The event is free and open to all. More information[…]
This week the London 2012 Olympic Torch was revealed to the public. The Olympic Torch Relay has become a major part of the Olympic cultural programme leading up to the Games and is perhaps the[…]
Presentation by Editor Andy Miah for the British Library
On 19 May, 2010, the London Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games (LOCOG) launched the Olympic and Paralympic Mascots. Their design is in keeping with London’s pursuit of postmodern iconography, which has created an absence[…]
In the past month since Vancouver 2010 came to a close, London 2012 has made important strides in its progress towards its Games. It has appointed a new director for the Cultural Olympiad, Ruth Mackenzie,[…]
The Coubertin Olympic Awards Competition, run by the International Pierre de Coubertin Committee (CIPC) and the Institute of Business Ethics (IBE) with the patronage of HRH The Princess Royal and have been recognised by the Inspire Mark, is launching this year’s calls for submissions. The competition is challenging students to write a research essay on how the Olympic ideals of fairness, integrity and openness can help businesses balance commercial success with their social responsibilities.
‘Vectorial Elevation’ is an interactive art installation, by Mexican-Canadian artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, which features 20 10-kilowatt robotic searchlights along the shoreline. The beams illuminate over a one-kilometre patch of sky and are visible from more than 15 kilometres away.
Taking advantage of the influx of Olympic visitors, the Whistler Arts Council promotes the endives of local artists throughout the Village as part of its Arts Walk, which links 43 host galleries together hosted by a variety of spaces from coffee shops to hotel lobbies. However, it’s not only these locations that promote artistic interest. The centre of the village offers as well plenty of opportunities to explore or observe artwork.
Roundhouse, Vancouver’s community centre is a historical monument, its 374 steam engine being the one that pulled the first transcontinental train into Vancouver. Ten of the Roundhouse staff had to be laid off a week before the Olympics started due to money diverted to finance the Games.
Artist Ken Wesman, who has been drawing inspiration from the Olympics since the 1988 Games of Calgary, is raising money for the YWCA in Vancouver, a non-profit organisation working mainly with children and women who have suffered from domestic abuse, by auctioning his Olympic themed paintings.