Only one year to go until the London 2012 Festival!
21st June 2011
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After winning the Bid back in 2005, the UK has been buzzing about the Olympics for the past six years.


And now, with just 402 days until the Games formally begin on July 27th, organisers have been busily organising the London 2012 Festival – the finale of the Cultural Olympiad.


Designed to complement the Olympic and Paralympic Games, the London 2012 Festival is the UK’s biggest ever festival, boasting a myriad of exciting events from some of the world’s finest artists.


Taking place from 21st June until 9th September, over seven million people will have the opportunity to experience art, music, theatre, film and so much more at the UK’s largest culture festival – and best of all, it’s completely free!


Plus, the hundreds of events organised by the London 2012 Festival are taking place across the UK, in cities, towns and villages throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. So whether you live in the capital or the middle of nowhere, there’s a good chance that something will be happening near you!


Events already confirmed include:

  • Hackney hosting Radio 1’s biggest ever live event
  • Jude Law headlining with Eliza Doolittle in peace concert
  • Wynton Marsalis playing swing music with Sir Simon Rattle
  • Damon Albarn’s new opera, Dr Dee with Manchester International Festival
  • Light and fire spectacular by Les Commandos Percus on the shores of Lake Windermere
  • The Italian Job comes to Bexhill-on-Sea
  • Award winning films for kids, made by kids
  • The world’s biggest ever dance party

The above is just a taste of what’s to come, so make sure you don’t miss out. Sign up to the London 2012 Festival today to receive regular updates of forthcoming projects, events, competitions and special offers.


What is the Cultural Olympiad?


Starting in 2008 and ending with the celebrations at London 2012, the Cultural Olympiad is all about inspiring creativity in everyone, but in particular, young people. Crossing all forms of culture, it includes large and small events, from local projects to large-scale shows, events and exhibitions.

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