ICC Director invited to advise policy-makers and cultural sector stakeholders involved in Paris 2024 Olympics

Added on Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

With Paris preparing to deliver a Cultural Olympiad as part of its commitment to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2024, the département of Seine-Saint-Denis, within which will be situated much of the key Olympic infrastructure, has invited ICC Director, Dr. Beatriz Garcia, to deliver two lectures this month on the possibilities and potential obstacles associated with cultural mega-event hosting.

Addressing first of all an audience of policy-makers from the département, Dr. Garcia will advise broadly on the range of possible impacts offered by cultural mega-events — drawing on examples from the European Capital of Culture programme, as well as recent Olympic host cities such as London and Rio. Later, in a second lecture to local arts and cultural stakeholders, she will outline in broader terms what a Cultural Olympiad is (or can be), including the issues frequently encountered by Olympic host cities.

Dr Garcia is acknowledged as a leading expert on the multiple impacts of cultural mega-events, having authored a range of publications on the subject — including, notably, the Impacts 08 evaluation of Liverpool’s European Capital of Culture programme, and the official evaluation of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. She is a current member of the Olympic Culture and Heritage commission at the IOC, in addition to acting as a member of the European Capital of Culture selection panel on behalf of the European Commission.

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Empty Chairs in Stade de France” by Wouter is licensed under CC BY 2.0

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