Showing the torch of talent to the IOC 

Get ready to strike a pose, Whistler, the Olympic officials are a comin’ and our local artists, entertainers and event organizers are ready to rumble and wrench the Games away from Austria and Korea. Places people, places…

Called Celebration 2010, local arts groups will strut their stuff at Millennium Place, on the mountains and around town from Feb. 14 to March 6.

Giving their all for the Games will be the Whistler Dance Academy, Whistler Film Festival, Whistler Photographic Society, Whistler Public Library, Whistler Writers Group, Whistler Museum & Archives Society, Whistler Singers and Whistler Gymnastics. Tourism Whistler and our neighbouring Aboriginal communities will preview their signature Cornucopia and Weetama festivals.

Whistler Arts Council’s Doti Niedermayer predicted the three weeks will be "insane" for those involved but that the potential opportunities for securing the Games will be worth it.

"The Olympics is not just about sports. It’s also about showcasing culture and arts, one of the four official pillars of the Olympic movement," she said.

Clear your diaries for the following:

Friday, Feb. 14, 8 p.m. at MY Place

Alta Lake School presents Tango Paradiso, a combination of classical and new music with authentic tango dancers to create an original tango language.

Thursday, Feb. 20, 7 and 9 p.m. at MY Place

Whistler Film Festival presents a showcase of adventure films by local favourites featuring the NFB production of Ski Bums, Treetop Film's Fourplay and more. Tickets only $10.

Friday, Feb. 21, 8 p.m. at MY Place

Whistler Arts Council presents The Bluehouse, an Australian all-female acoustic folk group mixing drop-dead gorgeous harmonies with wickedly mouthy humour. The Whistler Singers open.

Saturday, Feb. 22, noon-5 p.m. in Village Square

Tourism Whistler will highlight components of Cornucopia, Whistler's Food & Wine Celebration, as a prelude to the seventh annual festival running Nov. 5-9, 2003. The weekend begins with an outdoor icewine tasting, Grapes at Minus 8 Degrees, featuring the nouveau flamenco sounds of Vancouver's Alma Libre, complemented by an ice sculptor showcase.

Saturday, Feb. 22, 7 p.m. at MY Place

Whistler Museum & Archives Society presents The Heritage of Our Town: Olympic Experiences, an evening with past Olympians from the Whistler area to talk about their Olympic experience. Admission is free.

Saturday, Feb. 22, 10 a.m. for tots and 11 a.m. for 4/5 year olds at MY Place

Whistler Public Library presents "Dance a story, dance a song, skip, twirl, dance along." A workshop for children with Mary Elizabeth Manley, associate professor of dance at York University.

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