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23 May 2011

Hope made at The Olympic Museum

Until 6 November, The Olympic Museum is presenting an unusual educational experience: The Hope Factory gives its visitors the chance to examine their own beliefs and behaviour in situations taken from the world of sport.

Are black runners faster than white ones? Does a referee reduce or increase freedom? Can you combine fair play and the spirit of competition? Without adopting a moralising stance or providing ready-made answers, the Hope Factory offers an interactive exploration of the Olympic values.

Five themes

Around 40 fun activities are spread over five themes: interpreting the world, celebrating diversity, appreciating the rules, tasting the spirit of competition and experiencing Olympism. In an original and unusual approach, the visitor becomes a “hope worker” and realises that the Olympic values apply not only to athletes, but to anyone wanting to help build a better world.

Joint venture with the Peace Foundation

Designed in collaboration with the Stichting Vredeseducatie, the Peace Foundation based in the Netherlands and working for more than 20 years in the area of peace education, the Hope Factory is aimed primarily at young people and teachers. But it also offers and stimulating and enriching experience for the public at large.

Every visitor receives a notebook in which to write and prolong the experiment, which takes just under an hour. It is free of charge and perfectly complements the temporary exhibition: Hope, when sport can change the world.

Useful information

The Hope Factory is free of charge and open every day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on level -1 of The Olympic Museum until 6 November 2011.

Exhibition texts and notebooks are available in English, French and German.


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