Are you watching?

The Olympics are so riveting for spectators.  You can’t deny getting sweaty palms as you watch the men’s speed skating or cheer on an athlete who is striving for the gold!  We identify so strongly with our country when one of our athletes earns a medal.  It’s like we personally won.

The Olympic host country has an opportunity to show the world their unique culture and put their best foot forward.  Russia is no exception. With a great deal of pride in their country, Russians started planning a Cultural Olympiad in 2010.  The Cultural Olympiad is a cultural project started by the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee.  Since 2010, each year has a cultural theme:  2010 was the Year of the Cinema, 2011 the Year of the Theater, 2012 the Year of Music, and 2013 is the Year of the Museum.  Over a million people attended the Cultural Olympiad in 2012!

The goal is to bring together in Sochi the best cultural programs in the country. Out of the thousands of programs to choose from, the very best are on display.  Visitors to the Olympic host city can not only view the Olympic Games, but also may attend the chosen cultural events at locations in Sochi and Krasnaya Polyana.

For a view of what’s offered at the Cultural Olympiad, go to