I am on my way to my eleventh Olympic Games edition, this time in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
I will be observing the staging of the Cultural Olympiad and reporting on the Games cultural dimension as an IOC-accredited journalist, based at the Main Press Centre.
Aspects I’ll observe are:
- the way the official Games cultural narrative in 2018 re-connects with that of Seoul 1988
- ways in which the official cultural programme deals with North-South Korea cultural heritage & identity questions
- ways in which official cultural programming presents a thread between the three consecutive Asia-based editions of the Games: from South Korea (Pyeongchang 2018) to Japan (Tokyo 2020) and China (Beijing 2022)
- ways in which the Cultural Olympiad acts as a platform to present contemporary Korean culture and creativity – e.g.: how do the Games relate to the rapid evolution of Korean-based UNESCO Creative City network members, the country’s creative industries strategy and current national narratives around Korea’s cultural heritage and traditions?
- finally, following on my OSC-funded work in Rio 2016, I will ask the question: how does the IOC-led cultural programme manifests itself in Pyeongchang? E.g.: what is the 2018 version of the Olympic artist-in-residence programme?
I will be reporting on findings via: