Cultural Olympiad

Cultural Olympiad

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As the name implies, the Cultural Olympiad is the cultural arm of the Olympic Games. When it was first held in 1948, the Olympic Arts Festival took place during the games; but since the Barcelona Games in 1992, it has started immediately after the preceding summer or winter Olympic Games end and continued right up until the next Olympics. The 1992 Cultural Olympiad, for example, began immediately after the Seoul Games in 1988. Similarly, the 1996 Cultural Olympiad began in 1993 with a program called "Winterland," a tribute to the 1994 Winter Games host country, Norway. It ended on April 25, 1995, with a gathering of eight Nobel literature laureates for two days of free-wheeling discussions that covered many topics.
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Cultural Olympiad
Hellenic Cultural Heritage S.A.
Bouboulinas 42
Athens, 106 82 Greece
30-210-889-4800; fax: 30-210-889-4805
www.london2012.com/get-involved
Commission for Culture and Olympic Education
Chateau de Vidy
Lausanne, 1007 Switzerland
41-21-621-6111; fax: 41-21-621-6216
www.olympic.org
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