London 2012 Festival line-up unveiled
The London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) has unveiled the programme for the London 2012 Festival – a spectacular 12-week UK-wide celebration bringing together leading artists from across the world from 21 June to 9 September 2012.
The Festival – which begins with a series of concerts throughout the country ¬– will be the finale of the four-year Cultural Olympiad, which has infused music, theatre, dance, literature and the visual arts. The event will celebrate the huge range, quality and accessibility of the UK’s world-class culture, and give the opportunity for people to celebrate the London 2012 Olympic Games.
With the likes of Damon Albarn, Cate Blanchett, Tracey Emin, Damien Hirst and Jude Law involved, the London 2012 Festival will offer more than 1,000 performances and events.
Ruth Mackenzie, Cultural Olympiad Director, said: “From 21 June to 9 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 also expand to reach across the whole of the UK, while Yoko Ono will be the subject of a major exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery, extending out of the Gallery and into Kensington Gardens.
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.”