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Igniting Ambition projects take off this summer in the East Midlands

  • Date: 20 January 2011
  • Area: Midlands
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East Midlands tourism commission to celebrate London 2012. Credit: East Midlands Tourism

A fourth showcase of arts, heritage and media projects is being planned for the summer of 2011 in the East Midlands in the build-up to the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

With funds from Legacy Trust UK and the European Regional Development Fund and with support from Arts Council England, the Igniting Ambition programme has announced initial awards of more than £260,000 for 27 projects. The projects will be created and delivered during the 2011 showcase 'Connecting Communities' in Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire and Rutland. 

Legacy Trust UK is an independent charity set up to create a cultural and sporting legacy from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games across the UK, and is supporting Igniting Ambition in the East Midlands.

'Connecting Communities' is about engaging young people and their families, improving health and wellbeing and raising awareness of environment and climate change. It will encourage international understanding and diversity and see some new and unique collaborations and partnerships in Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire and Rutland.

The combined programme will showcase exceptional cultural projects, events and festivals that celebrate Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire and Rutland's rich cultural heritage, outstanding natural environment, local traditions and hidden gems as part of Igniting Ambition, the Cultural Olympiad in the East Midlands.

Organisations applied for grants of between £5,000 and £20,000 for Olympic and Paralympic inspired projects and events, which run between May and October 2011.

Paul Brookes, Creative Programmer for London 2012, East Midlands, said: 'We look forward to each of the events which we've funded. These projects and the artists involved will produce some outstanding work which will be enjoyed by a vast number of communities and individuals throughout the region.

'The purpose of the Igniting Ambition programme is to build momentum towards the staging in 2012 of a number of high profile events which will leave a legacy in the region long after the conclusion of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.'

More information can be found here