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18OLYMPIC REVIEW Since its inauguration in 1993, The Olympic Museum has become by far Lausanne's most popular destination for tourists and Olympic students alike. But if you think Lausanne is home to the only Olympic Museum in the world, think again. From other big museums in Olympic cities like Barcelona and Atlanta to smaller establishments such as the O Museu in Angola or the Olympic Museum of Zimbabwe, there are around 75 institutions around the world that nowadays lay claim to the title " Olympic Museum", with at least another dozen in the pipeline. In terms of educating and informing people about the Olympic Movement, the importance of these museums cannot be under- estimated. Francis Gabet, Director of The Olympic Museum in Lausanne, says: " Where else can you explain that the Olympic Games is not just an event every two years, but a philosophy for life?" While competition is a central pillar of that philosopy, the growing number of Olympic Museums around the world has led not to fierce rivalry but to a concerted attempt to harness their combined strength. The Olympic Museum Network ( OMN) was established in 2006 by 11 founding members, seven in Europe and four in Asia, with the aim of finding ways of working together to improve quality and to share costs. Over the past three years the network has helped with exhibitions at the Museu Olímpic i de l'Esport de Barcelona; with the shop at the Seoul Olympic Museum; with the " Coubertin and the Arts" exhibition between Germany and Estonia; with exchanges between the Olympic Museum and the China Sports Museum of Beijing; and with participation in the Short- Film Contest of the Cultural Department of the Brazilian Olympic Committee, Xiamen Olympic Museum and the Museu Olímpic i de l'Esport de Barcelona. " My philosophy is to do concrete projects together, because of course culture and education is not a revenue stream, it's a cost and an investment," says Gabet, who is also chairman of the OMN. " In order to make more impact and to have some economy of scale, common projects are key: helping each other in the acquisition market or in dealing with collections, having co- productions of exhibitions or educational programmes and having common programmes for business development." Following the recent addition of museums soon to open in Brazil and Qatar there are now 13 members of the OMN. Israel, New Zealand, Singapore, and Hong Kong are also candidates. The OMN currently attracts around two million visitors a year. Gabet sees that figure rising significantly however: " Our common objective is to build a ' transmission platform' within three to four years of five million physical visitors per year, plus at least another five million virtual visitors, and maybe a lot more than that," he says. There are plans for Olympic Museums in Russia, Italy, Morocco, Colombia, Beijing and Kuwait among others. " In the long- term I hope that every Olympic Museum can be part of it, but we have to take it step by step," says Gabet. Below left Representatives of the OMN, gathered in Lausanne, in June OLYMPICMUSEUMSMOVING FORWARDTOGETHER THE OLYMPIC MUSEUM NETWORK ? The Olympic Museum, Lausanne ? Thessaloniki Olympic Museum ? Olympic Stadium Amsterdam ? Xiamen Olympic Museum ? Tianjin Dagon Olympic Museum ? Seoul Olympic Sports Promotion Foundation ? China Sports Museum, Beijing ? Museu Olímpic i de l'Esport de Barcelona ? Estonian Sports Museum, Tartu ? The Sports Museum Foundation of Finland, Helsinki ? Deutsches Sport und Olympia Museum, Cologne

Until 11 April 2010 To mark the Vancouver Games, the Olympic Museum focuses on Canada and presents: Sustainable Developments and Living Traditions Over the Christmas period a series of documentaries by young filmmakers from the indigenous communities of Quebec. 13 - 28 February 2010 Introduction tobiathlon, bobsleigh and curling, guided tours and workshops devoted to sustainable development and living traditions, the founding principles of the Vancouver Games. Canadian fortnight in the restaurant. 13 February 2010 Opening Ceremony and Canadian Breakfast Sunday concerts: 7 February 2010 Swiss Piano Trio 7 March 2010 Eliseo Baroque ensemble 21 March 2010 Byron quartet The 29th Olympic Week, held from 11 to 15 October at The Olympic Museum, was sporting Canadian colours. In the countdown to the XXI Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, youngsters from Lausanne and its surrounding area aged between 9 and 15 had the chance to go behind the scenes at the Games at a temporary exhibition specially designed with them in mind. It was also an opportunity to learn about the culture of the First Nations, the indigenous tribes of Canada. Several workshops were on offer. In the Olympic Park, young visitors could learn the art of totem pole carving, discover how traditional masques are made or participate in ritual dances. Representatives of the Haida community, a native people living on Canada's north- west coast, were on hand to act as guides. The youngsters' journey of discovery also led them through the kitchen, where a chef from Quebec showed the budding cooks how to make biscuits with maple syrup, an essential ingredient in many Canadian dishes. Apart from these cultural experiences, sport naturally took pride of place. This year ice hockey, Canada's national sport, was successfully included in the programme for the first time. Other Olympic Winter sports on show included skiing, bobsleigh and biathlon. Tennis, archery, cheerleading, orienteering, volleyball, and hockey were just some of the 40 activities available. Participants in the Sport & Journalism workshop produced La Gazette, a newspaper that skilfully combined interviews, portraits, news items and features. Above Young visitors getting involved BelowOther youngsters playing Canada's national sport, ice hockey, and learning to cook Canadian dishes A COLOURFUL PREVIEW OF THE VANCOUVER 2010EXHIBITION AT THE OLYMPIC MUSEUM To coincide with each edition of the Olympic Games, The Olympic Museum stages a major exhibition devoted to the host nation. This year Vancouver is under the spotlight with a superb three- part exhibition entitled " Sustainable Development and Living Traditions". The opening in mid- October was attended by a large number of guests. The Haida artist Jim Hart, accompanied by several members of his family, completed the totem pole which he began to carve last July at his home on the Gwaii Archipelago on the west coast of Canada. The pole was brought to Switzerland so that the artist could add the finishing touches on site. It was then moved to the forecourt of the Museum where it was erected with the help of ropes by young Swiss and guest athletes during a traditional ceremony that was both colourful and moving. From now on, the totem will be there to greet visitors. As Jim Hart explained, it is a symbol of welcome. The Contemporary First Nations art has been loaned by the McMichael Canadian Art Collection and private collectors. They highlight brilliantly the huge variety of Native American traditions and a wealth of knowledge that has remained unknown for too long. This section of the exhibition is in line with one of the Olympic Movement's core principles, namely to encourage inter- community exchanges and promote cultural diversity. Above Jim Hart carving the totem pole OLYMPIC REVIEW19 CALENDAR VANCOUVER2010, GUESTOF HONOURATOLYMPICWEEK