© Philippe Millereau
Pierre de Coubertin, known as the father of the modern Olympic Games, believed that the combination of ‘muscle and mind’ (sport and art) was one of the core values of the Games. Although sculpture, architecture, literature, music, and painting were considered Olympic disciplines from 1912 to 1949, the arts gradually disappeared from the competitions. Nevertheless, these artistic disciplines are well represented during the games in the Cultural Olympiad – and a key part of the charter of the Games – organized alongside this major world sporting event.
For three seasons, Paris will be programming cultural, artistic, sporting and heritage events to showcase the cultural richness of France and create exciting experiences and memories for as many people as possible.
© Paris 2024
In 2022, the City of Paris is launching a major call for projects to create a varied and attractive programme of events. Artists, associations, cultural and sports institutions, and many others, can submit their ideas. There are a number of selection criteria: the project must be linked to sport and artistic expression, take place in a sports venue, or highlight fundamental values of sport and culture such as diversity, inclusiveness, or excellence ...