No Eastside love for the Cultural Olympiad

Coming up in March, a Downtown Eastside art show has a simple message to share. Fuck the Cultural Olympiad.

Artists and community activists have come together to criticise the 2009 Cultural Olympiad.

Artists and community activists have joined forces against the 2009 Cultural Olympiad.

Yes, the folks organizing Art and Anarchy aren’t ones to mince words. They are joining a larger cultural front against the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

Street performer and anti-poverty activist David Cunningham is one of many A&A artists concerned with the “socially-cleansed” cultural aesthetic churned out by Olympic promoters.

Cunningham and a growing group of anti-authoritarian artists aim to criticize the Olympiad for it’s use of community art to “disguise capitalist plunder.”

Beginning Friday March 13 and running until the 19th, the basement of the historic Tellier Towers (located at 16 East Hastings) will be the site of radical theatre and art exhibition.

I certainly plan to check it out.

Opening night begins at 8 pm, and continues between 3 and 8 pm through the rest of the week. Photo courtesy of Roland.

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One response to “No Eastside love for the Cultural Olympiad

  1. Nice post thanks Sarah. It’s gross the way the VANOC has co-opted so many existing and vibrant artists and events and turned them into slick marketing for their two week circus… I went by the VPL yesterday and noticed ContainR, part of the Cultural Olympiad. They are screening videos inside, including part of Leni Reifenstal’s nazi propaganda from Hitler’s 1936 Olympics. Enough already!
    http://containr.com/films

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