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Count Me In for the Cultural Olympiad - Sat 25 and Sun 26 Sept

  • Date: 24 September 2010
  • Area: South West
Bristol Do

R'ood by Icarus at the Bristol Do.

Count Me In is a weekend of cultural activities as part of the Cultural Olympiad - the cultural celebration in the lead up to London 2012.

Activities include:

Bandstand Marathon
Sunday 26 September 2pm - 4pm

Bands will be playing simultaneously in bandstands throughout the country in the Bandstand Marathon, a project run by Superact for the Cultural Olympiad.

Somerset-based community interest company Superact embarked on the Bandstand Marathon project in 2008 as part of the launch of the Cultural Olympiad. The event started in the south west and now takes place all over the country.

The concerts are all free. A list of venues in the south west is available


XPRESS '10 Relays Festival of Extreme Sports & Expressive Arts
Eden Project, Cornwall, 25 & 26 September

The Eden Project is hosting a spectacular biennale including performances by youth dance and music groups, a poetry cafe and a sportswear and sustainability fashion show.

The RELAYS (Regional Educational Legacy for Art and Youth Sport) project combines the creativity and talent of young people and university students across the South West to inspire them to engage with the 2012 London Games, providing opportunities to get involved with an exciting programme of cultural and sporting festivals and events.


Feet First
Simmons Park, Okehampton, Sunday 26 September 1-4pm

Feet First is a celebration of music and dance, presented by Wren Music. There will be performances by 15 youth and adult community folk choirs and orchestras, with music and songs from Devon and further afield. There will also be displays and stalls by local community, voluntary, sports and youth organisations as well as an open-air ceilidh.

Wren Music is Devon's folk and community arts development charity.

Castle Neroche , Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, 25-26 September 4pm
OS Ref ST 273157, near TA20 3JZ off the A303 at Eagle Tavern (follow signs for parking)

Landance is a new contemporary dance piece created by local dancers, musicians, visual/textile artists & film-makers of all ages working alongside arts professionals. At Castle Neroche hill fort in South Somerset; dance, live music and visual art will fuse with the sights and sounds of nature.


Somerset County Cricket ground, Taunton, Sunday 26 September - 8pm

Nofit State contemporary circus will be performing with a spectacular aerial circus playground and open house programme of taster sessions, rehearsals and workshops, NoFit State will be working with local artists and community groups to develop new acts and routines. From live music jams to bicycle ballets and displays of extreme sports.


The Bristol Do
Bristol - Portland Square, St Pauls, 25 - 26 September  1 - 7.30pm and evening show in Circomedia

Bristol's free family festival of outdoor performance includes a humorous dance spectacle that looks at our lives in relation to water, wild acrobatics from Columbian toupe Circolombia, song and dance story telling inspired by musicians of the Indo-Caribbean, a new comedy trio of wailing alley cats by Bristol company Stickleback Plasticus, outstanding aerial circus shows, roaming gorillas, talking wolves and bouncing Kangaroos.

Teenage Rampage at the Bristol Festival
Harbourside, Bristol , 25-26 September

Young performers have been selected from across the south west to perform on the Teenage Rampage stage at the Bristol Festival.

The Teenage Rampage Apprenticeship programme provides work experience for a select number of young people to run the stage over the weekend.

Teenage Rampage is run by the Bristol Music Foundation and aims to identify, support, develop and network young musicians across the south west. Focusing predominantly on a series of tours each year, the project runs seminars, workshops and educational and skills development programmes.


On Your Marks
Big Screen, Wharf Green - Swindon, 26 September 1.30pm & 2.30pm

Diver Tom Daley is one of the sporting elite who have been filmed for a dance and film project for the Cultural Olympiad.

Events will take place at the Live Sites in Plymouth, Bristol and Swindon where live dancers will perform against the backdrop of a specially commissioned film.

The project, which is a partnership between Arts Council England, Dance South West and the BBC, uses Peter Anderson's film in which choreographed shadows of dancers and elite sport athletes appear to leap, jump, spin, dive off and run up urban sites across the cities of Plymouth, Bristol and Swindon.

Choreographer Jules Laville has created a dance piece which will be performed live with the film by six professional dancers who will be joined by a dance youth group in each location.


B-side Festival
Weymouth & Portland, 17-26 September   

b-side is a festival of experimental, site responsive artists commissions in unusual locations across Weymouth & Portland.

Highlights include:

The I Scream Van mobile cinema mixes mock horror movies with live performance. Six people at a time are shown into a perfectly crafted 'auditorium' that replicates a classic cinema décor. Each day, members of the public are offered the opportunity to be a movie star for a day, creating matinee idols for their friends to see in the cinema.

No 1 Bus
Artists Sue Palmer and Joff Winterhart will be making artwork on the No 1 Bus running between Weymouth and Portland. During the festival, they will be meeting the passengers and drivers of the number one - talking, drawing and songwriting. Through these exchanges of words and drawings over the festival, they will write a (b-side) single especially for the bus. The No 1 song will be 'released' on the last Saturday of the festival.

Until It Ends
Ed Jones has created a gold leafed magnetised sailing hull which is supported by the shear ferrite shards of metal beneath it. When the 2012 Olympics come to an end, the magnet will be turned off and all the attracted metals will fall to the ground.  Ed sees his work as a comment on the nature of the Olympics and what potential it can bring to a town but also what happens when its 'magnetism' is turned off.

Portland Rock
Ivon Oakes' sound installation is composed from sounds and voices recorded on Portland - songs sung by local people, individual stories and memories about life on Portland. Listen to sounds and comments on aspects of culture or social history.

Sound Proof 3 - Linking Locations
Sound Proof 3 is a 24 hour online 'residency' between four artists connected with 2012 Olympic sites - London and Dorset. Artists resident in each location will communicate using the mechanism of the 160-character live [Twitter] feed and creating sound as text from their own site-specific perspective.

Dinosaurs Not Allowed 2010
Weymouth town and harbourside, 11.00am-4.00pm, Saturday 25 September

Dinosaurs not Allowed s is a display of traditional dance performed by dancers from 8 yrs to 25yrs in the south west. Throughout the day, the teams will perform a rotation of seven performance spots around the town filling the streets with traditional dance and music.


Lighthouse Big Sing
The Lighthouse, Poole, 26 September 4pm
Local people will be performing Carl Orff's Carmina Burana as part of a massed choir with Bournemouth Symphony Chorus and players from the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra under the baton new Music Director Gavin Carr.

International Napoleonic Fair
Kingston Maurward College & Grounds, nr Dorchester, Dorset, 24-26 SeptemberA Lecture & Seminar Day on Friday 24 September ending with a Period Ball with music & dancing, together with 19th Century buffet and period pastimes. On Sat 25 and Sun 26, an International Napoleonic Fair -  Regency & Napoleonic exhibitions, Living History encampments, music, dance, re-enactments, and markets.