vol.05 (2003)


Securing Sustainable Legacies through Cultural Programming in Sporting Event

by Beatriz Garcia

Will Salt Lake city be able to sustain the hype? Were the two Olympic weeks in February representative of the existing and potential ways of life in the area? Did the experience bring any lesson worth sustaining? And, in case it was worthwhile, has any mechanism been established to secure its sustainability? However, such a valuable achievement is no guarantee of a provision of legacies beneficial for the host citizens and regional neighbours in the long-term.


The Olympic Games Should Happen Nowhere or Everywhere

by Beatriz Garcia and Andy Miah

The Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games – for both summer and winter – generates viewers in their billions and is argued by many as the largest scheduled media-event that has ever been and will ever be. Television culture has commanded the attention of audiences throughout the world for many years. However, Salt Lake is one of the last occasions where this will be the case. Now, the buzz-words are the media- net, digitalisation, convergence, and home-computing.


Athletes and Artists: A Perspective on the 2002 Olympic Games

by Raymond T. Grant

A Perspective on the 2002 Olympic Arts Festival i It is right and proper that cultural programs are a required part of the Olympic Games. History has, to a certain extent, driven the integration of cultural programs into the Olympic Games. And, just as we highlight, in both the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, the accomplishments of athletes, so too is it noble and right that we celebrate the achievements of artists in Cultural Olympiads.


Contrast, Culture, Courage: A Cultural Administrator’s tribute to Pierre de Coubertin

by Raymond T. Grant

The announcement of the 1906 Advisory Conference was In a circular letter to the IOC dated April 2, 1906, de Coubertin invites members to an Advisory Conference to determine “to what extent and in what form the arts and literature can participate in the celebration of the modern Olympiads.” Thanks to the vision of de Coubertin, his question is as applicable today for the organizing committees of Athens, Torino, and Beijing, as it was for the nascent Olympic Movement of 1906.