Montréal to host first-ever ArtsGames in 2018


Montréal International welcomes the decision by the International ArtsGames Committee (IAC) to set up its headquarters in Greater Montréal—where it will also be holding its first-ever ArtsGames in 2018.

As the artistic counterpart to the Olympic and Paralympic Games, the ArtsGames will see artists from every continent compete against each other in the best artistic performances around the world.

“Few people know that up until 1948, the best artists in the world were awarded Olympic medals just like athletes. I am very pleased that Montréal was not only chosen to host the 2018 ArtsGames but also to be the headquarters for IAC. Montrealers’ passion for the arts is no secret and the role our city plays in the Olympic movement is unrivalled. Hosting the ArtsGames in Montréal will provide high visibility to the city and strengthen its reputation as an international city,” said Montréal Mayor Denis Coderre.

“The road to the ArtsGames began several years ago as a vision by my uncle, legendary jazz pianist Oscar Peterson, who wanted to stage an event that would bring cultures together. I am extremely honoured to announce today that Montréal has been chosen as a result of its commitment to the arts, the many venues to hold the competitions, the international flavour of the city and its capacity to accommodate visitors from all over the world,” added Sylvia Sweeney, President of the International ArtsGames Committee.

Qualifying rounds will be held in Montréal every two years even if the games are held in another city.

“Montréal is known the world over not only as one of the few cities that has hosted an edition of the Olympic Games and World Expo, but also as a city of world-class festivals and sporting events. Holding the ArtsGames in Montréal will enable the whole world to see unmatched artistic performances and put Montréal at the forefront of the global artistic scene,” concluded Mayor Coderre.

About IAC and the ArtsGames

From 1896, in Athens, to 1948, in London, the Olympic Games included an art component which, similar to the athletic event, recognized excellence in the arts with medals based on Pierre de Coubertin’s vision. After a 70-year absence, IAC will revive this art component in 2018, with what will be known as the ArtsGames.

Developed in 1995 by the International Performing Arts For All (IPAFA) group, IAC is a multi-disciplinary arts organization whose mission is to raise the visibility of talented artists from various cultures and communities. The first edition of the ArtsGames will be awarding gold, silver and bronze medals in music, dance, literature, visual arts and media arts competitions. The ArtsGames will be hosted by a different city every two years, as part of the winter and summer Olympic and Paralympic Games, in partnership with the organizers of the world’s top artistic competitions.

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