During the summer of 2004, the Olympic Museum in Lausanne will experience the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad in Athens, as well as those of Ancient and modern Greece.
The programme of "From Olympia to Athens" looks at 25 centuries of culture, art, history and sport.
Like in Antiquity
"Destination Olympia, 5th century B.C." is the main event this summer at the Olympic Museum. It is a theatrical exhibition in which the visitor, through a combination of illusion and reconstruction, finds himself in the times of Pericles, one month before the beginning of the Games in Ancient Greece. Whether athlete, trainer, spectator, merchant, friend or relation of a competitor, the visitor will discover the political, commercial and family life of this era. The exhibition will open on 26 May and will run until 27 February 2005.
Olympic Torch Relay
The first highlight of this summer programme will take place on 24 June with the Olympic flame passing through 17 communes in the canton of Vaud. It will also pass though the Olympic Park in a festive and joyful atmosphere.
World première of the "Olympiada" opera
The other highlight of this fabulous programme will be "Olympiada", the world première of an open-air opera, from 22 July to 7 August. The plot is based on the strong personality of Olympiada, mother of Alexander the Great, and whose reputation left many marks on the history of Ancient Greece. The piece is characterised above all by the mastery of classical language, the originality of the melodies and the orchestral colour, enriched by an in-depth knowledge of Greek musical culture.
On Sunday 29 August, the Olympic Museum will present "Olympionikais" or "Pindar's Odes", also a world première. The piece is inspired by verses by Pindar (520-432 B.C.) dedicated to the victors of the Olympic Games. This concert, performed by the "Melpomen" ensemble, has been put to music thanks to the reconstitution of instruments from Antiquity.
…not forgetting the organised activities
From 29 May until 29 August, organised activities will be in full swing at the Olympic Museum: storytelling, guided visits, workshops, talks, demonstrations, theatre and dance will have feature strongly throughout the whole of the summer, all week long, for children and adults alike.