TORINO 2006: ItalyArt Programme Launched in Turin
ItalyArt, the cultural programme of the XX Olympic Winter Games – Torino 2006, was officially launched this week in Turin. Bringing together more than 50 events from the domains of the visual arts, drama, dance, music, cinema and literature, the programme will run for the next five months and will reach its climax during the Olympic and Paralympic Games in February and March 2006.
Plurality of Languages and Cultures
The objective of ItalyArt is to highlight the culture of the host country, while promoting international relations and friendship between people, as well as strengthening the link between sport and culture. In order to achieve this objective, a programme has been created that offers the best of Italian culture, as well as integrating important exponents of the international artistic and creative scene, who will represent the plurality of languages and cultures that exist within the Olympic Movement.
Some of the highlights of the Cultural Olympiad will include Domani, created and directed by Luca Ronconi and Walter Le Moli; Il Colore Bianco, an epic inspired by Nordic mythology, directed by Giorgio Barberio Corsetti with choreography by Fatou Traorè; La Bohème performed by Roberto Alagna and Svetla Vassileva, two stars of world opera; Manon Lescaut, which will mark Jean Reno’s debut as an opera director; and Shakepeare’s The Tempest, which has been revisited by composer Carlo Galante and staged by one of Italy’s most outstanding contemporary directors, Giancarlo Cobelli.
While many of the ItalyArt events will be free of charge, you can now book and purchase your tickets for some of the more important events through the TicketOne network (call centre: 899 500 022 or the website http://italyart.ticketone.it), or from the ticket offices of the cultural institutions that will host the various events. In addition, from 17 October, a toll-free number (800 333 444 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily) will be available within Italy to provide information about the venues, performances, exhibitions and events of ItalyArt. An international call centre will be activated soon.
The Olympic Winter Games will be held in Turin from 10 to 26 February 2006. The Winter Games comprise seven different sports and 15 different disciplines, which will be played out in eight different competition sites. Around 2,500 athletes, 650 judges and umpires and 1.5 million spectators are expected to participate in this 20th edition of the Winter Games.