The role of arts and culture in the Olympic Games : from olympic arts competitions to Cultural Olympiads

Garcia, Beatriz

After an introductory section reviewing the definition and assigned roles of the Olympic cultural programme according to official IOC guidelines, the paper presents a historical account of arts and cultural programming in the Summer editions of the Games, from the initial conception by Pierre de Coubertin in 1906 up to the last implementations on occasion of the Sydney 2000, Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008 Games. The paper ends with a brief revision of the current challenges and prospects that the programme, now denominated Cultural Olympiad and spanning over four years, holds within the Olympic Movement and future host cities such as London in the lead to 2012.

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