- Date: 26 April 2012
- Area: London
Damon Albarn's Dr Dee part of the London Festival 2012 programme. Credit: Howard Barlow
The full programme of events and performances was announced today for the London 2012 Festival, celebrating the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The festival will take place from 21 June - 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; from large-scale outdoor spectaculars at Stonehenge, the Giant's Causeway, Hadrian's Wall and Arthur's Seat, to Shakespeare performed in every language.
With over 130 world premieres, 85 UK premieres, dance in every conceivable location, free pop concerts and the UK's largest poetry event with poets from over 150 countries, there will be 10 million free tickets and opportunities to get involved in every corner of the country.
The London 2012 Festival is the finale of the Cultural Olympiad, the largest cultural celebration in the history of the modern Olympic and Paralympic Movements. Since the Cultural Olympiad started in 2008, over 18 million people all over the UK have already participated in or attended more 9,000 performances and in excess of 8,000 workshops.
Arts Council England is proud to be a principal funder of the Cultural Olympiad and London 2012 Festival and has been closely involved in the development of the Olympiad from its early stages.
Through our significant investment and support, we aim to bring the arts to new audiences; put British artists on an international stage, and to generate new partnerships and collaborations that will continue to benefit the whole cultural sector and audiences nationwide, long after the torch has passed to Rio.
Our Chief Executive Alan Davey said: 'This breath-taking line up of artistic talent and inspired events heralds an Olympic Games that will be remembered as much for the beauty and excitement of its cultural experiences as for its sporting victories.'
Arts Council investment in events ranges from the BT River of Music - which will has 160,000 free tickets available for concerts in six Thames-side locations with artists such as Scissor Sisters, Wynton Marsalis, Baaba Maal, The Noisettes and Matthew Herbert - to the Firegarden which will see Stonehenge transformed in a once-in-a-lifetime free fiery spectacular created by French outdoor wizards, Compagnie Carabosse.
Another highlight is Big Street Dance Day on 14 July, when the whole country are invited to fill streets and public spaces in the biggest ever dance event will mean that wherever you live, there will be some of the best of British arts and culture right on your doorstep.
For more information and to view the full programme of events, visit the London 2012 Festival website.