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London 2012 Festival commissions are announced

  • Date: 7 December 2010
  • Area: National
Ballerina and street dancers

Tamara Rojo, Prima Ballerina and students from the Urban Dance School at the London 2012 Festival Commissions Announcement. Credit: Jan Kruger/Getty Images for LOCOG

The first commissions for the London 2012 Festival, the finale of the Cultural Olympiad, were announced today, 7 December.

Cate Blanchett, Toni Morrison, Olafur Eliasson, David Hockney, Mike Leigh, Jude Law and Damon Albarn, Rufus Norris and Jamie Hewlett feature among the host of artists chosen to create special projects for the festival.

The London 2012 Festival is a 12-week celebration of arts and creativity, which opens on Midsummer's Day 21 June 2012 and runs until the last day of the London 2012 Paralympic Games on 9 September 2012. Over 1,000 events, with an estimated three million attendees, will take place over the period. First tickets will go on sale in October 2011, although many events will be free, and all events will feature on a dedicated website to launch in summer 2011.

Ruth Mackenzie, Director of the Cultural Olympiad, said: 'From June 21st to September 9th 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. From food to fashion, street dance to digital, from pop to opera, the festival will offer once in a lifetime chance to be inspired by the best in the world.'

This month's announcement includes details of the programme for visual arts, film, music, theatre, dance and combined arts. Further programme announcements will be made next year about events relating to comedy, fashion, food and digital innovation.

The Arts Council is a principle funder of the Cultural Olympiad and London 2012 Festival alongside the Legacy Trust UK and the Olympic Lottery Distributor. 

Alan Davey, Chief Executive, Arts Council England said: 'These are wonderful, breathtaking events that will make 2012 celebration of the arts something to remember. From a new work by Damon Albarn to the biggest ever retrospective of the unique work of Pina Bausch, these are special things and we are proud to be part of making them happen.'

Full details of the London 2012 Festival announcement can be seen on the London 2012 website.