For Paris 2024, the Cultural Olympiad plans to bring sport and the arts into dialogue

Inauguration of Pulse, the new headquarters of Paris 2024, with a concert and breakdance, on July 6, 2021, in Saint-Denis (Seine-Saint-Denis).

Summer 1982, the fervor of the supporters shook the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium in Seville, during the semi-final of the World Cup, opposing the France team to Germany. At the 57e minute of play, Patrick Battiston, right back, receives the ball from his teammate Michel Platini and runs towards the goal to grab the victory. But that’s not counting the intervention of the German Harald Schumacher… The goalkeeper hits Battiston at face level, knees forward. Lying on the ground, the footballer loses consciousness. While many denounced, at the time, an « aggression », this episode will go down in history as « the night of Seville ».

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Forty years later, a troupe of amateur actors led by the Swiss artist Massimo Furlan will play again in two acts, the 1er October at the Charléty stadium in Paris, this moment of nightmare for French football. This theatrical initiative is part of a project to combine culture and sport in view of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, which will be held in Paris in 2024.

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 » Common values ​​ »

Supported by the Culture Department within the Organizing Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture, the Cultural Olympiad is a multidisciplinary artistic program imagined from the year 2021. Cultural and sports players have joined forces partners to offer artistic events accessible to everyone, everywhere in France, for four years, before, during and after the Olympics. “The objective is to take culture and sport out of their comfort zone, explains Dominique Hervieux, artistic director in charge of culture for Paris 2024. These two disciplines share many common values ​​such as inclusion, diversity and excellence. »

After a first sequence of programming deployed in 2021, the Cultural Olympiad is launching the second stage of the initiative this summer, marked in particular by a series of calls for participation to mobilize all cultural actors in France and prepare for the next events. labeled Cultural Olympiad.

To obtain this label, the selected projects must meet a certain number of criteria: use sport as a theme, be held in a sporting place or in connection with a sporting event, highlight the common values ​​between culture and sport. “We have seen how a sporting event like the Champions League at the Stade de France can generate a certain image of France. Our responsibility now is that this little piece of French culture that will be presented to the whole world during the games is positive,” advances the Minister of Sports and the Olympic and Paralympic Games, Amélie Oudéa-Castéra.

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