June 26, 27 and 28 - Range of festivities to mark the occasion of the IOC centenary in Lausanne
Lausanne, 18 June: The City of Lausanne together with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) have teamed up together to offer a set of exciting activities to commemorate the centenary of their partnership. Following the Centenary Walk and Run which will take place on the evening of Friday, June 26, an “open doors day” at various symbolic Olympic locations will be organised for Saturday, June 27 and Sunday, June 28.
Additionally, some further exhibitions will remain open for public enjoyment until October 15.
Whether alone or with friends or family, there is something for all tastes and interests with sport, music, celebrations and exhibitions all taking place over the course of this one-off weekend. What is more, all of these activities can be enjoyed for free on behalf of the IOC and the City of Lausanne.
Friday, June 26: run, walk and party at Stade Pierre de Coubertin
The Centenary Race will begin at Place de la Riponne and the Centenary Walk from the Olympic Museum, both on Friday, June 26 at 7.45pm. Everyone is welcome to arrive from 6.00pm where a warm-up session will be run by Wilson Kipketer, a multiple world champion and Olympian. With the number of participants being limited, registration is open until Tuesday June 23 on the centenary website www.lausanne.ch/centenaire.
The finish is intended to take place at the Stade Pierre-de-Coubertin, where free concerts, food and beverage will be available from 6.00pm. There the festivities will be open to all and will include the official party, followed by a free concert with "The Excitements", a soul group who previously performed on the Great Stage at the Paleo Festival in 2014. The party will end brightly with a full fireworks display.
Saturday, June 27 and Sunday, June 28: open doors day, activities and an array of different sports
Throughout the centenary weekend, the doors of many international sport organisations will be open to the public for free from 9.00am until 6.00pm. These include the IOC Headquarters in Vidy, the Maison du Sport International, the Olympic Museum (until 7.00pm), the Villa Mon-Repos (formerly the office of Pierre de Coubertin) as well as the Montbenon Casino (the first official IOC headquarters).
The events planned in each of these five iconic locations are as follows:
- at the IOC Headquarters : guided tours from 10.00am until 5.00pm, a look at the future IOC headquarters model and an introduction to golf and Greek games for kids and adults from 9.00am until 6.00pm;
- at the Olympic Museum : introduction to wrestling with Nadine Tokar, seven-times Swiss champion in her discipline, from 2.00pm until 5.00pm followed by a concert from Quatuor Sine Nomine at 6.00pm; at the Olympic Museum Park: athletics testing at a real track under almost full conditions with OMEGA experts and a workshop on photo finishing from 10.00am until 5.00pm.
- at the Olympic studies centre: library open to all; an unique opportunity to take a look at the IOC historical archives from 9.00am until 5.00pm with guided tours scheduled at 11.00am, 2.00pm, 5.00pm and 6.00pm;
- at the Maison Internationale du Sport: introduction to curling and fencing, photo exhibition
- at the Montbenon Casino : a surprise sport, a street performance by the L’Escadrille company at 10.15am and at 3.00pm, plus fairy tale storytelling recounted by Magda Kossidas at 11.00am and 4.00pm;
- at the Villa Mon-Repos : archery, guided tours, concerts from the Ecole de Jazz et de Musique actuelle (EJMA) at 11.00am and at 6.00pm as well as an “apero” offered by the Municipality on Saturday at 11.00am.
More information and full program of the weekend can be found on the centenary website: www.lausanne.ch/centenaire
And even more to enjoy with the exhibitions until October 15
All of these locations will be joined by the Lausanne railway station in continuing to offer free exhibitions for public enjoyment until October 15. On the Helvetia boat in Ouchy, a playful exhibition traces the lively history of the relationship between the City and the IOC, looking all the way back to the signing of the installation deed on April 10, 1915. A short film is also projected in the waiting hall of the railway station for public viewing.
The traditional youth Olympic week
Finally, in line with annual tradition, the organisers of Olympic week (October 11 – 15) will offer free sports and cultural activities to young people aged between 8 and 15.
For more information, please contact:
- Patrice Iseli - Head of Sport - City of Lausanne, +41 21 315 14 01
Or visit the website: www.lausanne.ch/centenaire