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Over 300 musical events planned for this weekend, as part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad legacy – and you can get involved

  • Date: 10 July 2013
  • Area: National
St Ives Choir with Our Big Gig banner

St Ives Choir with Our Big Gig banner. Credit: St Ives Choir

This weekend you can take part in one of over 300 musical events taking place across the UK between Thursday 11 and Sunday 14 July. Venues from pubs and parks to cafes and community halls are hosting events with lots of participation opportunities as part of Our Big Gig, supported by the Arts Council’s Grants for the arts fund, and based on the hugely successful London 2012 Cultural Olmypiad project bandstand marathon. 

Developed by Somerset-based arts organisation Superact, and also funded through the Departmenrt for Communities and Local Government, Our Big Gig is set to be the UK’s largest community music event. Each event is free for anyone to take part, and you can find out what’s happening near you by checking on this map.

Katharine Lane, Delivery Director at Superact said: ‘All of us at Superact have been overwhelmed by the way communities up and down the country have united to deliver over 330 Our Big Gig events, bringing people of all backgrounds together. we can’t wait for Our Big Gig to start.’

Alan Davey, Chief Executive, Arts Council England said: ‘Our Big Gig will be a real summer highlight. Up and down the country, communities will be involved in running their own music events, in a range of venues, introducing audiences to new bands, artists and styles of music. This is a great opportunity for communities to think big, to nurture home grown talent, and to come together, in celebrating the many joys that music can bring. I can’t wait to see the results.’

Useful links and further information

If you want to take part in one of the Our Big Gig events in your area, check out the map here. 

To find out more about the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, click here.

For more information about the Arts Council’s flagship open-access funding programme Grants for the arts, click here.