The exciting global launch of the ArtsGames in Rio de Janeiro last week has created interest among several cities to bid for Host City status for the 2020 ArtsGames.



Olympian, Founder & President of the ArtsGames, Sylvia Sweeney, commented, “We are so pleased to have such interest from multiple cities across three continents.” The ArtsGames will award gold, silver and bronze medals to artists in five art forms: Dance, Music, Literature, Media Arts and Visual Arts starting in 2018 in Montreal, Canada.

The criteria for Host City consideration include having: a thriving arts community, scenic beauty for broadcast and documentary backdrops, the infrastructure (international airport, lodging, city transportation) to handle a major international event over 10 days; the venues (from small concert halls to stadiums) for all performance events; and to serve as the broadcast production hub for all the ArtsGames activities; serve as the technical staging point for global distribution across all media platforms; and a strong Tourism Agency.

While the International ArtsGames Committee (IAC) is structured to emulate the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in that it does not hold competitions itself, but sanctions existing global competitions known for excellence, the ArtsGames is a separate independent organization. Even considering the fact that through 1948, the Olympic Games awarded medals to Artists AND Athletes, but were eliminated to maintain the Games’ amateur status.

General view of a mural as seen from Olympic Boulevard Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports

The ArtsGames mission is to provide a platform upon which to ‘Demonstrate the excellence which exists in all cultures’, and currently boasts over 1,000 sanctioned global arts competitions. Additional online submissions will be held to extend to artists in every corner of the planet.

Cities who wish to be considered in the 2020 Host City evaluation process should contact:
Jeff Neiman at for a Host City packet.

The ArtsGames in 5 points:

• The objective of the ArtsGames is to cast a net around the world’s greatest artists and entertainers who wish to elevate their nation to the highest step of the podium;
• The first nation vs nation, multidisciplinary medaled arts competition;
• For the first edition, five art forms representing 33 disciplines will be presented in dance, music, media arts, visual arts and literature;
• Qualifying rounds will start with online auditions in fall 2016, followed by the 2017 ArtsGames auditions which is the final selection step for the 2018 ArtsGames.
• ArtsGames competitions will be held every two years in bid‐winning cities throughout the world;


“This international launch lays the groundwork for the first multidisciplinary medaled arts competitions. Montreal is very proud to welcome thousands of artists for 10 days of world class competitions. For Montreal, recognized internationally for its festivals, its designation as a UNESCO City of Design, its culinary arts and its many tourist attractions, this is an unparalleled opportunity to welcome the biggest assortment of talents on a stage that transcends all barriers.”
Manon Gauthier, Executive committee member for the city of Montréal


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