Dulwich Olympiad draws 900 students from across the world
The London event was conceived as a celebration of sport, drama, music and art
Held during the Lent term, the Dulwich Olympiad 2019 – a celebration of sport, drama, music and art – saw 900 students gather from across the family of 11 Dulwich College international schools, as well as the original London institution. Former pupils – known as Alleynians – participated in workshops and events, showcasing their talents in competitions, masterclasses, exhibitions, performances, and concerts.
The opening ceremony saw the Olympic torch passed from Beijing, hosts of the first Dulwich Olympiad in 2015, to London.
Art masterclasses, with resident artists, ran as part of the integrated Dulwich Creative, a week of cross-disciplinary activities.
Highlights in music and drama included performances at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, featuring more than 200 musicians taking part in a Taiko and Korean drum concert, and a reworking of Christopher Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus.
Sport featured a number of daily competitions and tournaments in a variety of venues, including athletics at the Olympic Park Community Track, and basketball and swimming at the Copper Box and London Aquatics Centre respectively.
The week drew to a close with a closing ceremony and group photograph in front of the college’s Barry Buildings.
From the archive: “Los Angeles was very welcoming. The Olympics had been in trouble after they bankrupted Montreal in 1976 and the Moscow boycott in 1980. But this was the first one with private sector sponsorship – the food hall was good, there were volunteer physios, accommodation was decent. In comparison to today though, it wasn’t isolated luxury. We were in bunkbeds, four to a room.”
Dr Mark Precious, old boy of Scarborough College, recalls competing at the 1984 Olympics.
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