- Date: 26 July 2012
- Region: London
This weekend, seven weeks of free, family fun kicked off as part of the Mayor of London presents Showtime.
An electrifying mix of incredible artists and shows handpicked from across the world will converge over the coming weeks in London giving performances reaching every corner of London.
Forming part of the London 2012 Festival and supported by Arts Council England, Showtime will combine the best of British street arts, international acts, and a host of alternative music from beat box to electro swing across all 33 London Boroughs.
This weekend, the action began with major events at The Piazza on Wimbledon Broadway as part of Merton's Outdoor Arts Festival; at General Gordon Square in Woolwich to coincide with the Torch Relay; at the Whitecross Street Party in Islington; in Kingston; and Richmond Riverside.
Highlights over the rest of the summer feature a hair-raising experience with Arcadia's Lord of Lightning wrestling four million volts of electricity, and an enchanting performance from the Invisible People telling poems, stories and jokes one to one.
The Lyrix Organix: Relay will feature the finest poets, beatboxers, hip hop and freestylers in an original live experience, and you can get dancing to everything from swing to breakdance at Continental Drifts' Bandstand Remixed.
To find out what's happening near you and to plan a summer like no other visit the Mayor of London Presents website.
Arts Council England is a principal funder of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.