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2014 Cultural Olympiad Opens in Sochi

1. June 2010 by Christy 0 Comments

On May 17th, the Sochi Cultural Olympiad officially kicked off with an opening ceremony and international sports film festival. The Cultural Olympiad is a 4-year period highlighting the culture and art of an Olympic host city and is a requirement of the International Olympic Committee. Sochi will host the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. 

“More than 3,000 cultural events, designed to inspire a wide range of audiences, will take place in the 4 years leading up to Sochi 2014,” said Dmitry Chernyshenko, President and CEO of Sochi 2014. “It’s clear that Sochi 2014 will give us incredible memories and will also enrich the world with its proud cultural heritage.”

The sports film festival, the first of ten major cinema events this year, featured films about notable Russian athletes, trainers, commentators, and more. Other events in 2010, dubbed “Year of Cinema,” will include screenings of classic films in Sochi parks, a film festival devoted to people with disabilities, and a competition of short movies about Sochi and the Olympic and Paralympic Games, among others.

The Year of Cinema will be followed by the Year of Theatre (2011), the Year of Music (2012), and the Year of Museums (2013). The period of January-March 2014 will showcase the best projects from the previous 4 years.

The Sochi 2014 Cultural Olympiad will feature over 10,000 performers from around the world, and officials expect a million spectators and approximately one billion television viewers.


Here are some photos from the opening ceremony.



Source: Sochi2014