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21 Jan 2016
Lillehammer 2016 , IOC News , YOG

Sport and culture take pride of place at Lillehammer’s Sjoggfest

With sport and music placed at the heart of events via numerous concerts showcasing a variety of genres, the Winter Youth Olympic Games’ cultural programme is set to rock Lillehammer!

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Sjogg, a Norwegian word for “snow” principally used in the county of Oppland, is also the name of the mascot of the Winter Youth Olympic Games Lillehammer 2016. And Sjoggfest – meaning “Snow Festival” – will provide athletes and local youngsters with an exciting range of sportive and cultural events to run alongside the sporting programme.

“The Youth Olympic Games are about much more than sport,” comments Tomas Holmestad, CEO of Lillehammer 2016. “That’s why we are so proud to launch this comprehensive programme, in which international stars as well as young local talents will shine.”

To start off, a radio station dedicated to the YOG and featuring some of Norway’s top DJs will broadcast from an igloo-shaped disco made of snow and ice in Sjogg Park, in the centre of Lillehammer.

The Sjoggfest festival will include over 100 different events centred on five key themes: cinema, art, discussion, physical activities and music, which promises to be a major highlight. Numerous artists are scheduled to perform throughout the 10 days (12-21 February) of the global sporting competition. Aurora, Kvelertak, Lars Vaular, Daniel Kvammen Lemaitre, Madcon, Mahoma, Nico & Vinz, and Sondre Justad are among the many well-known musical figures lined up for the festival, as are a large number of young local artists. All genres and tastes will be catered for - from electronic rock to pop, and dance to electro.

“The coolest festival ever”

Discussion forums will give young participants the chance to find out about and share extraordinary stories that changed the lives of those who experienced them. An open-air cinema, with an amphitheatre made of snow, will offer sport and adventure-themed films every night to spectators cuddled under a warm blanket.

The physical activities, meanwhile, include sports as unlikely as bubble football on ice (where players are protected by a plastic bubble) or Norwegian “mini-ski”, but also more familiar disciplines such as Telemark skiing, ice climbing, ice stock sport (which is similar to curling), bandy and parkour.

To stay up-to-date, especially given that part of the YOG cultural programme has yet to be revealed and that surprises may lie in store, it is essential to pay regular visits to the “Sjoggfest Lillehammer 2016 Youth Olympic Games” event page on Facebook. Describing it as “the coolest festival you’ll ever experience”, the page promises visitors to Lillehammer 2016 “a broad range of Norwegian culture, including awesome Norwegian artists and new young talents.”


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