“This is a unique opportunity to show the best of France. » Tony Estanguet, president of Paris 2024, presents the next Olympic Games as an opportunity to marry the best of sport with the best of culture. For this 33rd edition, the organizers have created the “Cultural Olympiad”, a program of activities exploring the links between sport and culture from summer 2022 until September 2024.
This programming is based in particular on collaboration between artistic establishments and sports disciplines. As such, several emblematic places are associated with the famous events of the Olympic Games: the ephemeral Grand Palais hosts judo, archery takes place at the Invalides, horse riding at the Palace of Versailles, or even beach volleyball. at the foot of the Eiffel Tower.
Making sport and culture shine
The “Cultural Olympiad” explains that it is based on a demanding coherence of artistic and sporting proposals. In total, there are more than 346 projects present in more than 334 cities, including more than a hundred events for the capital alone, with a traveling puzzle game bringing together four national museums (Orsay, the Louvre, the Center Pompidou and the Musée du Quai-Branly) but also the preparation of an artistic performance by the XY company, choreographed by Rachid Ouramdane, at the Théâtre de Chaillot.
This selection also extends to other cities: Seine-Saint-Denis relies on eight cultural structures to bring sport to life internationally, such as the National Dance Center in Pantin or the New Theater in Montreuil. In Saint-Cloud, a major popular concert is announced representing the five continents of the music scene, with the support of the Rock en Seine festival.
In Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, the Philharmonie de Paris is relocating to bring together musicians from Seine-Saint-Denis and Marseille for a concert unique in France. Many free events will also be organized, particularly in less favored regions of France in terms of cultural facilities. According to the Minister of Sports, Amélie Oudéa-Castéra, this universalist and aesthetic approach to sport meets three objectives: “surprise, move and unite. »