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Vancouver Winter Games 2010 - 04. February 2008.

Top Minds Gather for 2010 Winter Games Ceremonies Symposia

Vancouver, BC – Over 100 respected leaders in Canada’s artistic scene, representing some of the country’s most influential artists, cultural and theatrical practitioners, directors, writers, designers and community leaders, will gather in Vancouver over the course of the next three weekends – starting February 1 to 4 – to participate in six Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games Ceremonies Symposia.

Designed to ensure the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Olympic Games present a new vision and understanding of contemporary Canada to the world, the symposia will inform participants – both about the Ceremonies themselves, and the venues where they will be staged. The symposia will also offer a chance to gather pan-Canadian views of the country that can be translated into general themes, images and highly memorable performances.

Conducted under strict confidentiality to encourage open, unencumbered discussion and a free exchange of ideas, each weekend of two symposia will engage between 25 and 35 different participants, selected to represent different artistic milieu and also to represent each Canadian province and region. The program includes briefings on the VANOC brand and the required elements of Olympic Ceremonies (such as the Lighting of the Olympic Flame, the parade of athletes, the Raising of the Olympic Flag), as well as other spectacular elements (such as pyrotechnics, costumes, music and anthems). Each symposium will include a visit to BC Place Stadium and a session to present feedback and ideas.

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