OLYMPIC ARTS CHARTER

UNESCO -1995.07.11

The Olympic Arts were created to give light to the torch-lit in ancient Greece in 566 BC.

In the ancient Greek calendar, every four years, on “the third year after each Olympic Games”, global art activities were organized and promoted at some sacred spot. Note that the date of the Summer Olympic Games was used as the basis for these activities; the ancient Winter Games did not exist at that time.

Artists all over the world, amateur and professional, are invited without any age or cultural restrictions.

All existing art disciplines will be covered.

The main goal of Olympic Arts is to show the main role of art in building a better world. The purpose is to bring people from different cultural backgrounds together and surround the works that can reflect unique values, such as universality, aesthetics, harmony and non-violence, proving that art is the carrier of deep and persistent values.

In addition to its etymology, still dominated by amateur concepts and associated with Olympism, one of the goals of Olympic Arts is to provide an opportunity for talented artists lacking the necessary means of spreading their message to become recognized global artists.

The Olympic Arts “trophy” will be awarded to some of the best works after selection on the specified website (under development) according to the specified general competition rules.

Each Modern Olympic Arts Festival will assign a theme to all artists to facilitate their efforts to develop their inspiration and creativity to purely human and universal values.

The highest international decision-making bodies will guarantee the impartiality of their activities and will respect the stated purposes.
Marc Verriere
Founding President

Six-Star logo

The Olymp’Arts logo is formed of six stars, representing the colorful world of art, which stands for the human spirit and thought. The six stars also represent artists from six continents. The stars form an overall pyramid shape rising skyward, implying the artist's source of inspiration. The topmost star, fully in white, represents the continent of Antarctica composed, which is 98% ice and water, a natural reserve of the earth that humanity must defend. This is consistent with and echoes the starting point of the common interests of humanity.

This logo graphic, as the official brand image of the IOAC, has been patented by the National Industrial Property Institute (INPI) in 2016.

Founding Logo

Representatives of 65 countries and regions jointly signed the first Olympic Arts Charter at the UNESCO headquarters

From July 10 to 11, 1995, the inaugural ”Olympic Arts” conference was supported by the United Nations, UNESCO and the Centenary Congress of the International Olympic Committee at the UNESCO Headquarters.

Centennial Congress IOC Paris 1994
UNITED NATIONS
UNESCO

Development

1993 In March 1993, the then Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr. Boutros Boutros-Ghali, sent a letter supporting the Founding President, Mr. Marc Verriere, in the establishment of the "Comité Exécutif des Arts Olympiques".

1994 In April 1994, Mr. Nelson Paillou, President of the International Olympic Committee Paris Centenary Congress, sent a letter supporting the Founding President, Mr. Marc Verriere, in the establishment of the "Comité Exécutif des Arts Olympiques".

2007 In March 2007, in accordance with Article 60 of the Swiss Civil Code, the "Association 《Les Arts Olympiques》" with an international mission was established in Geneva and later changed its name to "Olymp'Arts" in March 2016; it officially changed its name in January 2021 For the "International Olymp'Arts Committee", abbreviated as IOAC.

2015 In July 2015, the President of the International Olympic Committee, Mr. Thomas Bach, sent a letter of appreciation to the International Olymp'Arts Committee for its strong belief in Olympic values, copied to the Honorary President of the International Olympic Committee, Mr. Jacques Rogge.

2019 In 2019, the French Ministry of Culture and the French Ministry of European and International Affairs sent letters to support the "International Olymp'Arts Committee " in holding the "Olymp'Arts" in Cannes.

2022 In April 2022, the International Olymp'Arts Committee decided to hold an International Press Conference in Geneva, Switzerland on June 29th, and to start the participants registration and call for entries for the Olymp'Arts 2023.

1993 In November 1993, Henri Lopes, Assistant Director-General for Culture of UNESCO, sent a letter confirming that Ms. Madeleine Gobert, Director of the Division of Arts and Cultural Life, would represent UNESCO at the inaugural meeting of the "Comité Exécutif des Arts Olympiques".

1995 On July 10-11, 1995, 68 representatives from 65 countries and regions signed the first "Olympic Arts" Charter at UNESCO headquarters and established the "Comité Exécutif des Arts Olympiques".

2014 In 2014, the "Association 《Les Arts Olympiques》" began to launch plans for the first "Olympic Arts".

2018 In 2018, the French National Commission for UNESCO, the French President's General Office, the Ministry of Ecological Transition and Solidarity, and the Mayor of Cannes sent letters to support the International Olymp'Arts Committee in holding the "Olymp'Arts" in Cannes.

2021 In January 2021, the "Olymp'Arts", originally scheduled to be held in Cannes, France 2021, was canceled due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the International Olymp'Arts Committee decided to postpone it to 2023.