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Take your marks for 2012

  • Date: 17 July 2009
  • Area: South West

The countdown continues with just three years to go until the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympic games.

This is a very exciting time with opportunities for everyone to get involved in the wide range of inspiring initiatives across the UK. The values at the centre of the games are: friendship, respect, excellence, determination, courage, inspiration and equality. All the Cultural Olympiad events embody these values too.

The first in the calendar is Open Weekend on the 24 – 26 July 2009, the annual UK-wide celebration of when the Olympic torch will be brought into the country. There is a wide variety of culture, sport, sustainability and learning events taking place with nearly 180 in the south east alone. From a modern art pentathlon in Portsmouth to a Bhangra Blitz in Reading, as well as comedy and poetry on the Isle of Wight - to name but a few.

London 2012 Chairman Sebastian Coe said: “We created Open Weekend to enable people to share in the countdown celebrations towards London 2012 but also be inspired by the Games to discover new interests and develop their talents.”

Create Compete Collaborate is a groundbreaking project aimed at offering every young person in the South East the opportunity to participate in a project; to create compete or collaborate with another young person from a competitor country between now and 2012. The project aims to broaden the international outlook of young people in the region. For further information please contact:
Creative Junction

Universities around the south east will come together in a new initiative called Creative Campus. This is now taking shape with 13 universities joining up to deliver a series of local cultural events culminating in a major regional touring exhibition. Each university will be allocated at least ten Olympic sports to respond to in an artistic and creative way. Each of which will apply for Inspire Mark the badge of the London 2012 Inspire programme - which recognises innovative and exceptional projects directly inspired by the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Accentuate is a programme that will celebrate and unite the region through its unique heritage as the birthplace of the Paralympic Movement. It will focus on projects which support the work of Deaf and disabled artists and will run from now until 2012. For more details please contact Esther Appleyard, Accentuate Programme Director, at

Creative ideas flooded in after artists of all kinds were challenged to submit their ideas for Artists taking the lead. The south east region received 211 proposals which describe how they would make their mark on the blank canvas of the landscape. Shortlisted applicants will be announced on 14 August.

This is just a taste of the 2012 cultural experience in the south east.