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Full programme announced for the East region as part of the London 2012 Festival

  • Date: 26 April 2012
  • Area: South East
How Like an Angel, Circa. Part of London 2012 Festival and being performed at Norwich and Norfolk Festival 2012.

How Like an Angel, Circa. Part of London 2012 Festival and being performed at Norwich and Norfolk Festival 2012. . Credit: Charlotte Vogel

The full programme for the London 2012 Festival was announced today with outstanding Arts Council funded events in the East of England amongst the Festival’s highlights.

The East of England will boast world-class events, from ‘How Like an Angel’, a fusion of contemporary aerial performers and choral singing in the spectacular setting of Norwich and Ely Cathedrals, to the Aldeburgh World Orchestra, which brings together conductor Sir Mark Elder and 119 top-calibre young musicians from nearly 30 countries, with a programme including Britten, Stravinsky and Mahler.

Helen Lax, Regional Director, Arts Council England, said, ‘Arts Council England is a principal funder of the Cultural Olympiad and London 2012 Festival, and we’re proud to bring an exceptional line-up of arts and culture to the East this summer. There’s something for everyone to get involved in, whether that’s seeing Aldeburgh World Orchestra at Snape, saving the world with Doctor Who in Ipswich, experiencing Robert Wilson’s installation on foot along the Norfolk coast, or following the Sparks Will Fly Champions Boreas and Marina through Essex. From live art in a beach hut, to circus and choral singing combining in cathedrals, the East’s contribution to the Cultural Olympiad and London 2012 Festival is something really rather special. Let’s make the most of the next few months, it’s set to be a spectacular summer!’

The London 2012 Festival is the finale of the Cultural Olympiad. Since the Cultural Olympiad started in 2008, over 18 million people all over the UK have already participated in or attended over 9,000 performances and more than 8,000 workshops as part of Cultural Olympiad programmes inspired by London 2012 and funded by our principal funders and sponsors.  

As part of the Festival, the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, an Arts Council England National portfolio organisation, will host the largest exhibition of ancient Chinese royal treasures ever to travel outside China. The Search for Immortality: Tomb Treasures of Han China will include 350 treasures in jade, ceramic and gold and reveal the hidden world of China's 2,000-year-old royal tombs.

Pacitti Company's On Landguard Point, the East of England’s contribution to Artists taking the lead and created by Suffolk-raised Robert Pacitti, has included a series of large-scale, public outdoor events through which thousands of residents explored notions of “home”. Performance, prose, myth music and gorgeous visuals interspersed with contributions from local people have been drawn together into a feature film that will be screened across the UK from 21 June.

Ruth Mackenzie, Director, London 2012 Festival & Cultural Olympiad, said: ‘The East of England will have many free events to attend as part of the London 2012 Festival and provide a chance for people across the region to join in with the London 2012 Games and be inspired by great talent.  With new work from the best musicians, comics, artists, film makers and more, there will be arts events taking place in unusual places that will showcase the East of England when the eyes of the world are on us this summer. I would like to thank our Premier Partners BP and BT and Principal Funders Arts Council England, Legacy Trust UK and the Olympic Lottery Distributor for making it possible.’

The festival will take place from 21 June to 9 September 2102 and feature leading artists from around the world. More than 25,000 artists from all 204 Olympic competing nations will take part in over 12,000 events and performances at 900 venues over 81 days.

For more information and to view the full programme of events, visit: www.london2012.com/festival