POSTED: September 23rd 2014

Oslo 2022 creates cultural programme alongside Winter Olympic Games bid

CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The Oslo 2022 bid committee for the 2022 Winter Olympic Games has created a cultural programme in hopes of utilising a wide range of ideas from artists across the country for the proposed Opening Ceremony.

While Norway is rich with passion and culture, the Oslo 2022 bid has been met with mixed reactions. A recent poll by Aftenposten in Norway found roughly 42 percent of citizens were in favour of hosting the Games. The cultural programme, however, will call on the proponents and detractors of the bid.

“It is important for us to involve and engage in dialogue with the cultural life in Norway at an early stage,” Oslo 2022 Chief Executive Officer Eli Grimsby said. “We believe it is the best way to achieve our ambitious goals in terms of the cultural programme. The four-year Olympic cultural programme can contribute to generate a whole new generation of Norwegian artists.

“The Opening Ceremony is being watched by several hundred million people worldwide, and the ceremony alone will be a unique opportunity to expose Norway, our cultural life, and its individuals to the international society. This spotlight might give more artists a possibility to reach out to a global audience.

“We are aware that not everybody is supporting our bid, and the cultural workshops have brought together both opponents and those in favour. In spite of skepticism, people have attended in generating ideas – in a dialogue for opportunities.”

The International Olympic Committee will choose one of Oslo; Almaty, Kazakhstan; and Beijing, China, as Host City of the 2022 Winter Olympic Games at the 127th IOC Session in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 31 July 2015.

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