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08 Aug 2005
IOC News , museum-news-articles

This week at the Olympic Museum (08 - 15.08.05)

Finding the Roots of Sport exhibition
In the framework of this exhibition, the Olympic Museum will offer visitors a programme of exciting encounters with those who practise traditional games, sports, singing and music. The people invited, all specialists in their field, will be revealing the secrets of their ancestral techniques which all contribute to a common heritage. Each occasion will be an authentic chance to watch, learn and discuss! As such, from 6 July to 14 August, the Olympic Museum will be neglecting the Olympic sports and exploring a parallel universe. The result will be events based on diversity of movement with a plurality of body movements governed by laws and rites which sometimes overlap with the sporting register, as the boundaries are not always well defined.
The week’s events at the Olympic Museum
Every Sunday from 10 July to 14 August: Visit the exhibition Finding the Roots of Sport. Guided tour for adults run by students from the University of Neuchâtel’s Ethnological Institute. At 11 a.m. in French and 2 p.m. in English. Meet in the entrance hall; admission: ticket price; duration: 1 hour 30 minutes. Information on 021 621 65 11.
Saturday 13 & Sunday 14 August: Mongolia: the Naadam Games. Also known as manly games, the Naadam Games bring together wrestling, horse racing and archery. Originally, these festivities were associated with renewal rituals. Today, the Naadam Games are organised annually, to celebrate the national holiday. In collaboration with the National Olympic Committee of Mongolia and Gaëlle Lacaze, PHD in Ethnology, specialist in the Mongolian Naadam Games. With Mongolian wrestlers, singers and an archer.

Saturday 13 & Sunday 14 August: from 2.30 to 4 p.m.: Gaëlle Lacaze meets the public. Information on the history and evolution of the Naadam Games. Wrestling demonstrations and bouts, accompanied by ritual songs. Commentary by Gaëlle Lacaze. From 4 to 5 p.m.: Archery demonstrations. Commentary by Gaëlle Lacaze.
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