Visitors will be able to savour the Olympic and Paralympic spirit at a particularly special location in Rio de Janeiro. From 4 August to 18 September, Leblon Beach will be playing host to the OliAle Pavilion, a meeting point for Brazilians, tourists and all those looking to experience Rio 2016 with a German-Brazilian atmosphere. Visitors can look forward to live broadcasts of the contests and other attractions such as a wide range of sports activities, shows and happy hours with DJs, as well as cultural events, workshops and a photo corner. Moreover, the pavilion will feature stands selling drinks and snacks where visitors can experience the delights of German cuisine and its world-famous art of brewing.
Germany and Denmark are the only countries to have been granted permission to set up and operate a publicly accessible venue on Rio’s beach for the duration of the world’s biggest sporting event. The pavilion will be located on the Avenida Delfim Moreira, in the immediate proximity of the Jardim de Alah park.
Promoting paralympic sport
The pavilion is not just a party venue, however. OliAle offers a great opportunity to promote paralympic sport in Brazil. It was with this in mind that the German-Brazilian Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Rio de Janeiro presented the “Pulsar” project on 31 March, a permanent further training programme for professionals from the field of parasports. “Pulsar” will offer further training modules with a duration of six months in cooperation with the German Sport University Cologne, Federação das Indústrias do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (Firjan) and Instituto Superar, as well as with the support of National Paralympic Committee Germany.
The first course with a total of 50 participants will start even before the Paralympics have ended. Furthermore, OliAle will support the city of Rio de Janeiro with a long-term renovation project. A sports field is to be constructed in the dilapidated school yard at the Escola Municipal Marília de Dirceu state school in Ipanema to allow the pupils to enjoy sporting activities. The children who attend this school mainly hail from the poor districts of this region.
A first in the history of Germany’s involvement in the Olympics
A pavilion of this kind is an absolute first in the history of Germany’s involvement in the Summer Olympic Games. For the first time during the Paralympics, there will be a publicly accessible venue ‑ including a special programme. The German Olympic Sports Confederation will have its official headquarters in Barra da Tijuca at the Deutsches Haus, which will only be accessible to sportspeople and those accredited to the Olympic Family, as well as to selected guests. The OliAle Pavilion complements Germany’s presence as an open meeting place for a dynamic, creative, modern, sustainable and athletic Germany.
Alongside significant financial support from the Federal Government, OliAle has managed to get an important media partner on board. SporTV, part of TV Globo, will provide the signal for broadcasts of the contests at the German pavilion. A range of German institutions based in Rio de Janeiro such as the Goethe-Institut, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung will be laying on activity programmes at OliAle.
OliAle’s daytime programme will be available on the Internet via a wide range of channels provided by Germany’s missions abroad, as well as with photos and videos of all activities and events.
Venue address: Leblon Beach, close to the Jardim de Alah
[Olympia] Thurs and Fri – 2.30 to 9.30 p.m. / Sat and Sun – 10.30 a.m. to 9.30 p.m.
[Recess] 26, 27 and 28 August – from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
[Paralympics] Thurs, Fri, Sat and Sun – 2.30 to 9.30 p.m.
*The pavilion will open again on 7 September (except for Wednesday, from 2.30 to 9.30 p.m.)