communities involved

After its beginnings until October 2021, in Marseille, Paris or Seine-Saint-Denis, the Paris 2024 Cultural Olympiad will enter this summer the second phase of a program “bringing sport and culture into dialogue” in participatory events.

On June 27, Dominique Hervieu, Director of Culture of Paris 2024, together with Rima Abdul Malak, Minister of Culture, Amélie Oudéa-Castéra, Minister of Sport, Tony Estanguet, President of Paris 2024, defined certain contours of the program and invited local authorities , who have the label “Terres de Jeux” as a priority, to participate.

french touch

“Despite their differences, culture and sport converge on many points, in particular the values ​​of olympism, emphasizes Dominique Hervieu, formerly head of the house and the biennale of dance in Lyon. Dialogue between peoples, self-transcendence and inclusion are central values ​​for athletes and for many artists. Working together underlines the power of these issues, the importance of involving all citizens, and the social role of art and sport. †

The marriage will become reality in 2024 with major cultural festivities in the capital, such as this exhibition on design and sports at the Luxembourg Museum, this ballet by choreographer Rachid Ouramdane mixing dance and aerobatics, dancers and acrobats, such as birds, in front of the Eiffel Tower or even, at the Panthéon, Marie-Eve Signeyrole’s show dedicated to Paralympic athletes… The idea is, as Tony Estanguet puts it, “to offer a unique sporting and cultural experience, ‘à la française'”.

cultural summer

Outside this time of the event, the Cultural Olympiad is also played in the long term, in all the “Terres de Jeux”, and now opens a cultural summer “colored by Olympism”, says Dominique Hervieu, with 360 event projects, including 170 outside Ile -de-France, in Saint-Etienne, Martinique or Nantes, “with shows and events combining art and sport, artistic activities in places of sport, training or movement of the body in parks”, explains the director.

Seine-Saint-Denis, which, recalls David Raynal, Director of Culture, Heritage, Sport and Leisure for the Department, “bringing together different cultural, sporting and social actors around the Olympiad in 2016”, also offers a summer program with a Solidarity and Olympic summer. The encounter between art and sport, for the director, “can range from the simple movement of an artistic form in a sporting place, such as a brass band performing in swimming pools, to artistic and sporting education projects in colleges, or interventions by dancers at a sports club. .

Participating in the hosting of the Games, the department also lists several large-scale projects such as the re-orchestration of some thirty folk songs by the Montreuil show orchestra, which brings together professionals and amateurs. Or the long-term project La Beauté du geste, which brings together the department’s major cultural venues, clubs and community centers to program artist residencies, workshops, shows over three years, into a major parade that in 2024 will see amateurs dancing.

“Land of Games”

In order to propose their own project and obtain the Cultural Olympiad label, the local authorities and their cultural players have two main means: through the Regional Directorates of Cultural Action or the Directorates of Cultural Action on the one hand and through the apparatus “Terre de Jeux” on the other hand(1)† “The “Terres de Jeux” can add a cultural dimension to the Olympic Games, points out Dominique Hervieux, and invite their cultural actors to contribute to the Olympiad. From September, we also launched the call for ‘inspiration’ projects on artistic creation and disability. †

The Cultural Olympiad, she continues, “promises a great diversity of projects and disciplines, dance, music, theater or visual arts, but also gastronomy, fashion, design… The idea is always to build bridges, promote sport, Olympic values ​​and brings people together.”


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The call for participation in partnership with the entities labeled “Terre de Jeux 2024” was opened on April 7. Information about Terre de Jeux. Back to text