cultural olympiad

cultural olympiad

Cultural Olympiad - Sharing the Legacy from London to Tokyo -

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The Cultural Olympiad that ran alongside the London 2012 Games was the largest cultural programme of any Olympic and Paralympic Games. From 2008, it delivered a nationwide programme of the UK’s best arts and culture during the four years leading up to the Games, and culminated in the London 2012 Festival. During the programme, approximately 18 million activities across a range of artforms took place, inviting the participation of over 43 million members of the public. The Cultural Olympiad not only provided an opportunity for wider public engagement in the arts and culture, but acted as a catalyst for the creation of new creative partnerships and collaborations as well. These partnerships were not limited to cross-organisation partnerships within the cultural sector, but included cross-sector partnerships with the private sector, educational organisations and local authorities. The nationwide programme meant that impact was not limited to London, and many benefits to tourism and energizing of local communities were felt across the whole of the UK. In the lead up to the 2020 Games in Tokyo, the British Council will run a series of programmes to share the UK’s experience in running the highly acclaimed London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. By sharing the UK’s experience and working together with stakeholders in Japan, we hope to inspire the creation of new cross-sector, cross-genre relationships and collaborations, as well as a shared vision for the future of the cultural sector, towards 2020 and beyond. 2012年のロンドン五輪の際には、大会の4年前の2008年から「カルチュラル・オリンピアード」と題した大規模な文化プログラムがロンドンのみならず英国全土で展開され、合計で約18万にも及ぶ様々なイベントに4300万人の人々が参加しました。数々の文化・芸術機関や地域がさまざまな枠を超えて取り組んだこのプログラムは、文化セクター全体を活性化するだけでなく、観光や地域振興などの面でも大きな波及効果を生み出し、より多くの市民が新しい形で文化活動に触れ、参加する機会を創りました。 2020年の大会の東京開催が決定し、日本においても2020年に向け、スポーツだけでなく文化を通して東京、そして国全体を盛り上げようとする機運が高まっています。ブリティッシュ・カウンシルでは今後、2020年の東京大会とその先の未来に向けて、英国の経験を共有しながら、日本の関係者の方々と一緒にさまざまなプログラムを展開していきます。