The Flame Is On Its Way; Free VAG Access and Other Free Events; Visa ONLY Accepted Here

The Flame Arrives
The Olympic Flame will arrive in 14 Days – The Olympic Flame will arrive in Vancouver on February 11th kicking off a two-day Olympic Torch Relay and celebration in the City. The Olympic Torch Celebration will be held at LiveCity Yaletown at David Lam Park and will include live performances showcasing Vancouver’s creative excellence and cultural diversity. In addition, the City is inviting residents and visitors to join neighborhoods in celebrating the 2010 Winter Games as the flame moves through Vancouver. Local events will include representatives from City departments, community organizations and 2010 Olympic Torch Relay sponsors, who are all working together to make the Torch Relay an unforgettable part of Vancouver’s Olympic experience. The Paralympic Torch Relay will also be coming to Vancouver in 2010. Planning for the Paralympic Relay continues, so watch for updates on events and activities in Vancouver.

How To Pay
Visa cards and cash are the only accepted forms of payment at Olympic venues. Visa is the only card accepted to obtain cash at ATMs at Olympic venues. Non-Visa debit cards will not be accepted.

Free VAG Access
During the Games the Vancouver Art Gallery will host the British Columbia Pavilion on its fourth floor. During this time access to the entire gallery will be FREE from 9am to 9pm daily, February 12th to 28th. Interactive displays will highlight the rich cultural fabric of both British Columbia and Canada and a series of displays highlighting BC industry will also be onsite. There will also be a special Leonardo DiVinci exhibit available for public viewing.

Other Things to See For Free
The Bell Ice Cube will be a 3,000 square-foot temporary building located at Robson & Beatty. It will be open February 11th to 28th from 11am to 11pm and will feature entertainment, Olympic ticket giveaways and interactive product demonstrations. The high-tech design will provide visitors an opportunity to view ceremonies and competitions on multiple plasma screens in high definition Bell TV. Every day at 3 pm, there will be a live show called Ice Talk, where Olympians will be interviewed by five-time Olympian and Bell Champion Charmaine Crooks. Bell Ice Cube will also feature guest performances by internationally acclaimed vocal play group, Naturally 7. Canada’s Northern House is already open at 602 W. Hastings Street & Seymour. Simulated northern lights shine from the windows and an inuksuk built by former Nunavut Commissioner Peter Irniq greets guests at the entrance. The house features Nunavut art, business, athletes, cultural performers and artists such as Artcirq and throat singers, drum dancers, and traditional games athletes during the Olympic Games. Canada’s Northern House will have an art lounge, story telling area and an exhibit called “The North Today” featuring interactive displays on living, visiting and investing in Nunavut. The house is open from 10am to 5pm now and will be open from 10am to 9pm during the Games. A Laser Waterworks Show will take place nightly during the Games at the LiveCity Yaletown location. A large pipe in False Creek will stream water high into the air providing the backdrop for the light show.

Last Chance to Volunteer
Cultural Olympiad 2010 is looking for volunteers to play a part in performances and exhibits. Positions include technical crew, docents, backstage hosts, ushers, greeters and concession attendants. Applications accepted until January 31, 2010. Send an email to [email protected] for more info.