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The Cultural Olympiad of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games

During the Paris Olympic and Paralympic Games, discover the cultural Olympiad, the artistic side to the major sporting event of 2024.

The Paris Olympic and Paralympic Games are not just about sport but about culture too. The organizing committee of the Games has set up the Cultural Olympiad, a wide-ranging artistic and social programme which has been launched in Paris and throughout France. Its objective is to create a connection between sport and culture through a range of very interesting events.



The Musée de la Seine-et-Marne places the spotlight on the writer Pierre Mac Orlan's passion for rugby, a sport he enthusiastically played and which regularly featured in his writings, both articles and novels (from 17 September to 10 December 2023).

‘[Arthlète]’( is a big cultural event focusing on breakdance, or breaking, which is making its debut as an Olympic sport. The programme of the event, which is nothing short of a cultural festival, cultural festival, includes meetings, dance battles, an exhibition, a screenings and talks : all in all, an ambitious artistic and cultural project, on from 1 November 2023 to 30 November 2023, at Le Plateau.

The 2023 edition of the Fête de la science is putting sport front and centre. The Fête de la Science was set up by the ministry for higher education and research and this new edition aims to bring science lovers, researchers and the general public together around the values of sport from 6 to 16 October 2023, everywhere in France and especially in the Paris region.

The 3, 2, 1 Partez! event at the Université Paris-Saclay, from 10 to 14 October 2023, aims to provide ‘insights into the contribution of the sciences to the world of sport’.

On 14 October 2023, École des Ponts ParisTech will present the results and methodology of its research into sport through an exhibition as well as workshops and demonstrations.


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At the Théâtre du Rond-Point, ‘Hors-piste‘, on 8 and 9 November 2023, stars none other than Martin Fourcade. The athlete and former biathlon champion talks about himself with great honesty onstage at the theatre. During the event, the French sportsman who has won the most medals in the history of the Olympic Games recounts his career, from the early days to his numerous medals.

Duras-Platini‘, at the Théâtre de la Reine Blanche, is an adaptation for the stage of an unlikely encounter between the writer Marguerite Duras and the sportsman Michel Platini, a great footballer: a unique conversation inspired by an interview published in 1987 in the French daily ‘Libération’. The worlds of fiction and sport collide in this exceptional encounter during which other subjects are discussed, such as Italy, the Heysel Stadium disaster and naïve idealism..

L'échappée - Récit d'un coureur cycliste,‘ at the Théâtre La Flèche (from 4 October to 6 December 2023) sensitively and humorously recounts the career of a former racing cyclist turned actor, Cyril Fragniere, from his life as a sportsperson to his change of career.

‘L'odeur de la guerre‘ (The Smell of War), on from 12 October to 15 December 2023, tells the tale of a lifetime’s struggle. Jeanne, played by Julie Duval, is preparing to take part in her first boxing championship when memories of her childhood come surging back. Her father would have preferred to have a son rather than a daughter, and her taciturn mother only spoke to her dog. Jeanne’s mind reminds her she has fought hard to get where she is today. Julie Duval is also the author of the piece.


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The Théâtre Chaillot is hosting the LRC World Festival of Electro Dance & All Style, an electro dance competition and a dance event that is not to be missed, on 25 and 26 November 2023.


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‘Mon premier Festival‘, a cinema festival dedicated to children, is devoting part of its programme to sport. Around 30 films connected to the theme ‘In motion’ will be shown in well-known Paris cinemas such as the Louxor, Palais du Cinéma, Luminor Hôtel de Ville and Majestic Bastille.

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