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.
Atos Origin, the Olympic’s IT partner since Beijing and suppliers since Barcelona, do not want to grab the limelight during this, or indeed, any games. In fact, they actively seek out to be as invisible as they can, knowing that the entire technical infrastructure; from press releases to results, to venue computer terminals and international media coverage depends on their ability to remain ubiquitous, a silent but incredibly important factor of mega events facilitation. A error in the delivery, a server crash or a system failure, could spell disaster for the whole operation.
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.
AND + W2 is a programme of debates and artworks, constituting the only Games time cultural collaboration between the Vancouver 2010 and London 2012. It is co-produced with W2 in Vancouver and is thematically structured around the Abandon Normal Devices (AND) festival of new cinema and digital culture. AND is a Legacy Trust funded programme in England’s Northwest. Produced in association with FACT, Tenantspin and Dada for Vancouver 2010 and the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad programme in England’s Northwest.
It was immediately apparent on my first day in Vancouver that experiencing an Olympic city during the games time period is a rich and unique opportunity. My first stop was to register at the British Columbia Media Centre, a slick and professional operation with all the amenities that money can buy and a perfect office from home for the world’s journalists.
The Canadian Museum for Human Rights launched its Champion Human Rights! Campaign during the media opening of the CentrePlace Manitoba pavilion at LiveCity Vancouver Downtown.
The campaign, aiming to promote respect and human rights action, asks visitors of the CentrePlace Manitorba pavilion to complete the “Everyone has the right to…” protest sign and have a picture taken with their sign and then future museum in the background. Currently all photographs taken are displayed on a screen in the pavilion but some of them will be shown again when the museum will open in 2012 in Winnipeg.
Our Editorial Assistants, Ana ADI and Jennifer Jones, were live on CKNW on Tuesday, February 16, talking about their coverage of the Olympics so far. They joined Jill Bennett’s International Media Panel with, her other guests, John Crumpacker of San Francisco Chronicle and Florian Zut of Swiss National Television. During the one-hour show the four journalists discussed their coverage of the Games, culture at the Olympics and the relation and differences between traditional media and citizen journalists.