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London 2012 Festival Programme Announced

LOCOG today announced the programme for the London 2012 Festival; a breathtaking 12 week event with UK-wide celebrations bringing together artists from across the globe between 21th June to the 9th September 2012.

The festival will celebrate the wide range of the UK culture and allow the opportunity for people across the country to celebrate the London 2012 Olympic Games without necessarily having to be in London.

With the likes of Damon Albarn, Tracey Emin, Cate Blanchett, Jude Law and Damien Hirst taking part in the events, the London 2012 Festival will offer more than 10 million opportunities to see 1,000 performances and displayed throughout the UK.

Ruth Mackenzie, Cultural Olympiad Director, said: ‘From 21th June to 9th September 2012, across the whole of the UK, new work from the best artists, musicians, writers, comedians, film makers and other creative talent will be presented in the largest festival in the country.

Highlights of the programme for London 2012 Festival include:

  • The World Shakespeare Festival, a celebration of Shakespeare as the world’s playwright, produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company in an unprecedented collaboration with leading UK and international arts organisations.
  • The world’s largest and most influential dance initiative, the Big Dance, will expand to reach across the whole of the UK.
  • Yoko Ono will be the subject of a major exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery, extending out of the Gallery and into Kensington Gardens.
  • The three-year BT Road to 2012 project will reach its conclusion at the National Portrait Gallery with a free exhibition of portraits taken by leading photographers.
  • Alfred Hitchcock’s early British masterpieces will be restored to their former glory and presented in a series of one-off screenings across London with live music.
  • Tony Hall, Chair of the Cultural Olympiad Board, said: ‘This is our chance to showcase what we do to the rest of the world and an opportunity for all sorts of people to taste something new and different.

    ‘The London 2012 Festival is going to be a wonderful celebration of world-class culture across the length and breadth of Britain at a time when we all need something to lift our spirits.’

    An amazing summer for all!

    A great range of music events will also be taking place throughout the UK for the Festival. ‘BT River of Music’, a spectacular weekend of free live music, will represent all 205 participating London 2012 nations, while BBC Radio 1 will stage its biggest-ever free live music event with ‘BBC Radio 1 Hackney Weekend 2012′.

    The Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: ‘This quite extraordinary line up of artists, performers, events and activities will ensure that in London and throughout the country there is something for everyone, to enjoy, to be thrilled and be inspired by.

    ‘Here in London, we want to create a summer like no other, so that Londoners and visitors, wherever they are in the capital, come away feeling they have been part of something exhilarating, a unique moment in time the like of which they could get nowhere else.’

    Some tickets are available now, but many more will become available in 2012.



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