vol.02 (2000)


Sydney Olympic Arts Festivals and the visual arts

by Beatriz Garcia

In many countries the reaction of the visual arts sector to the arrival of the Olympic Games has traditionally been a most reserved one. Arts communities in general have often seen the Games as a threat for funding and public attendance. For many, a question to start with could be, why arts in the Olympics?.


One Great Symbol, Many Vague Values.

by Andy Miah

Numerous approaches could be used to articulate ideas about the philosophy of the Ancient Olympic Games, the Modern Olympic Games and their intimate, though distinct relationship. it has become a commonplace to consider the Olympic Movement – or at least, the Olympic Games – as being in a state of ideological crisis.


Athens 2004, Ahead of the Games?

by Andy Miah

Visitors to Sydney for the Olympic Games may have not discovered the small but impressive representation of people from the organising committee for the Athens 2004 Olympic Games. Despite some pressing concerns about the progress of Athens in its preparation for the Olympic Games, it appeared to be on top form in Sydney. Games appears to be getting good reviews. It seems to have been heralded as a media success (unless you live in the United States and were watching NBC).


Olympic ideals and Disney dreams: cultural representation at the opening ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Games.

by Beatriz Garcia and Andy Miah

With the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games now over, the subsequent analysis of the facilities, athletes, transportation, dopers, has begun to ensue. Generally, it would seem that there is a sense of success about Sydney; a feeling that the ‘cheats’ were caught or stayed away, that the transportation was much better than expected, and that the facilities were the best in the world.


Where the Ancient and Modern Collide

by Beatriz Garcia

This paper will focus on those points that have had a greater influence in my current perception of Olympism as a social movement, the philosophy of the ancient Games and the relation between the ancient and modern Olympic Games. With this in mind, the fundamental philosophy of the participation of citizens of all countries under Roman rule and not only Greek citizens, was competitive, but peaceful.