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17 Feb 2006
Olympic News

The Cultural Olympiads

The Olympic experience is not just for those interested in sport. The Organising Committee of the Olympic Winter Games in Turin (TOROC) has a rich cultural programme on offer called Italyart, the Cultural Olympiads.
Launched in December the rich and varied playbill of events has already attracted over 30,000 people. Opera, music, dance, theatre and visual arts are all part of the Cultural Olympiad organised by the city of Turin  
Full House at Regio Theatre
The opening night of Puccini’s “La Bohème” on 11 February at Turin’s Regio Theatre saw a full house. The opera was especially composed for that theatre and was presented for the first time in 1896 conducted by Arturo Toscanini. At the Conservatorio of Turin, aficionados can attend the splendid ”Una Città per Vivaldi” – A City for Vivaldi - dedicated to the great Venetian composer, of whom Turin has a large collection of manuscripts.
Pharaohs and Deities
The city of Turin also pays tribute to the geniuses of the visual arts. Exceptional pieces by Leonardo da Vinci, including the famous self-portrait of Leonardo, are on exhibit. The Egyptian Museum of Turin has also seen over 16,000 visitors for the period of 2 to 10 February for  “Riflessi di Pietra” – Stone Reflections - a collection of statues of pharaohs and deities arranged by Oscar winning set designer  Dante Ferretti.
White as Snow
Theatre and dance are also on offer with shows such as “Colore Bianco” - The Colour White - by director Giorgio Barberio Corsetti and another called “Domani” – Tomorrow - realised by Luca Ronconi and Walter Le Moli.
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