Arts and culture
The draft hosting plan includes many cultural activities. All Olympic and Paralympic Games must feature a Cultural Olympiad which includes:
- The Games’ opening and closing ceremonies
- Medal ceremonies
- Torch relays
- Live entertainment
- Community and sporting events
The Cultural Olympiad would begin a few years before the Games and include cultural events throughout the city, province and country.
Traditionally, the cultural programming kicks off with the Flag Handover Ceremony at the closing ceremonies of the previous Games. It’s followed by a Cultural Olympiad, educational events, and youth programs, which can take place over the next four years, leading up to and during the proposed 50 days of celebration during the next Games.
In addition, live sites could have cultural elements. Live sites are free or low-cost events for participants. These events could include large screens for people to watch live coverage of the Games, entertainment stages with artists, as well as recreational, cultural and community activities. Local and national talent could have featured.
Calgary 2026 presented information on culture and education to the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games Assessment Committee on November 7, 2018.