2May/12

Full programme announced for the London 2012 Festival

Sure Maritime are very excited to announce that 12,000 events & performances featuring over 25,000 artists from all 204 participating Olympic nations will be taking place all over Britain for the 2012 Olympics!

Stars include Damon Albarn, Alan Ayckbourn, Daniel Barenboim, Cate Blanchett, Gustavo Dudamel, Tracey Emin, Stephen Fry, Gilberto Gil, Handspring, Antony Hegarty, Damien Hirst, Zakir Hussain, Anish Kapoor, Mike Leigh, Baaba Maal, Wynton Marsalis, Tim Minchin, The Noisettes, Yoko Ono, Simon Rattle, Rihanna, Scissor Sisters, Wallace and Gromit, Dr Who, Julie Walters, Ai Wei Wei, Jay-Z
The full programme was announced today for the London 2012 Festival, celebrating the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, which will take place from 21 June – 9 September 2012 and feature leading artists from around the world.
This ‘once in a lifetime’ Festival features more than 25,000 artists from all 204 competing Olympic nations. Everyone will be able to join in the celebration with over 10 million free tickets and opportunities to take part in 12,000 events and performances at 900 venues all over the UK, including 130 world premieres and 85 UK premieres.
The full London 2012 Festival brochure will be distributed around the UK and is available to download from the London 2012 Festival website at www.london2012.com/festival.

Over 160,000 free tickets are available for concerts in six Thames-side locations for BT River of Music: Scissor Sisters, Baaba Maal, The Noisettes, Matthew Herbert, Mariza and Jazz at Lincoln Centre Orchestra featuring Wynton Marsalis are among the line-up already announced. The public can register from Tuesday 15 May and sign up to be the first to hear when tickets for each stage become available via Ticketmaster. Full details of the programme and venues can be found at www.btriverofmusic.com.

100,000 music fans are expected for BBC Radio 1’s Hackney Weekend starring Jay-Z, Rihanna, Florence + The Machine, will.i.am, Jessie J, Jack White, David Guetta and Tinie Tempah. Peace One Day’s Global Truce Countdown concert at Ebrington Square in Derry-Londonderry for the opening night of the London 2012 Festival will feature stars including Imelda May, Newton Faulkner, Guillemots and Wonder Villains.

Also going on sale today are tickets to Traction, a one-day festival curated by Radio 1 DJ Gilles Peterson and presented by Eurostar, featuring music and performance collaborations from across Europe. Mercury prize nominee Ghostpoet is joined by London artist Plugs at this unique event at Granary Square in London, which opens to the public for the first time in June. Tickets are available for £20 via www.eurostartraction.com or www.ticketmaster.co.uk.

Stephen Fry said: ‘The London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games will be an astonishing event, and it’s only right that we use the opportunity to showcase our world leading arts and culture when the eyes of the world are on us. The London 2012 Festival will give everyone the chance to have an Olympic experience, and leading the way will be the Playing the Games programme taking place at the Criterion Theatre, London’s most beautiful West End theatre.’

London will celebrate its contribution to fashion with a series of collaborations between top designers and artists. Among these are Paul Smith, Giles Deacon, Hussein Chalayan, Matthew Williamson, Stephen Jones, Mary Katrantzou and artists Cerith Wyn Evans, Gavin Turk, Jeremy Deller, Mark Tichner, Charming Baker and Jess Flood-Paddocks.

Stonehenge will be transformed in a once-in-a-lifetime free fiery spectacular created by French outdoor wizards, Compagnie Carabosse, while Jeremy Deller’s full size ‘bouncy castle’ version of Stonehenge will tour the nation, giving families a unique experience of this historic landmark.

There will be more art in unusual places with artist Richard Wilson’s full-scale replica coach dangling off the roof of the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill recreating the final scene of The Italian Job; a collection of BMW cars with bodywork designed by artists including Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol and Jeff Koons goes on show in a secret London location; and more than 500 bandstands and outdoor performance spaces across the UK will simultaneously come alive with music as part of Bandstand Marathon.

Constanza Macras’ extraordinary dance theatre group will perform in the forests of North Wales with ancient Mabinogion myths interpreted through the prism of modern Cardiff nightlife; and Elizabeth Streb’s daredevil troupe interacts with London’s most iconic landmarks through her unique extreme action performance.



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