Lausanne will host the ice competitions. The Olympic Capital will also be the venue for the opening and closing ceremonies, and the medal ceremonies.
The City of Lausanne, known as the Olympic Capital of the world, combines sport, culture and training. Situated between Lake Leman, the Lavaux Vineyard Terraces classified as a World Heritage site by UNESCO and the Alps like decoration in the background, knew how to forge her place in the world.
For the Lausanne 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games, Lausanne will be hosting the ice competitions and the young athletes will compete at the newly constructed Malley Ice Centre, Vaudoise Aréna. Lausanne will also be the venue for the opening and closing ceremonies, and the medal ceremonies.
Lausanne en Jeux!
For 14 days, the city of Lausanne will be alive to the rhythm of the Winter Youth Olympic Games with a programme of sport and cultural events provided by Lausanne en Jeux! This huge party will make the heart of the city beat and will include the local population, stakeholders of the Games and from the sporting world, as well as visiting guests from all around the world for the occasion.
Bringing the world of sport and culture together in Lausanne, Lausanne en Jeux! will present an original programme performed by local stakeholders and representatives. A wide range of sport initiations and sports practices, workshops, exhibitions, concerts, shows and meetings will allow everyone, independent of their age, to live and share the great experience of the Games.
The Olympic City will welcome in addition all of the competition venues to Saint-François for a presence linking both local and cultural projects.
Two special projects will materialise the mix of both sport and culture:
Especially created for the occasion, the The BodyCity show will be one of the highlights of Lausanne en Jeux!. Video mapping, music, dance and urban sport will be at the centre of this work created and interpreted collectively by students from the prestigious art schools of Rudra Béjart School Lausanne, the Haute Ecole de Musique (HEMU), and theEcole cantonale d'art de Lausanne (ECAL) along with young Lausanne athletes (Fever, X- Treme Move). It will be a creation that will illuminate la PlaceCentrale skatepark as it turns into a stage for the occasion.
By holding an event open to all the population and visitors, through Lausanne en Jeux! the Municipality of Lausanne hopes to achieve the sport, cultural and educational vocation of the Lausanne 2020 Youth Olympic Games. "For the City of Lausanne, the Youth Olympic Games Lausanne 2020 is a unique opportunity to bring together the whole population and the worldwide visitors around a big feast in the city center. More than 300 cultural and sports animations as well as an original culinary offer, are available through the Lausanne en Jeux! program. The goal is to wholeheartedly live this event that will always stay in the Olympic Capital history. Shows, concerts, initiations, sporting activities: this event will be for every taste and all ages… Let’s play!", says Grégoire Junod, Mayor of Lausanne.