News: Cultural Olympiad announce 2012 plans

Tuesday 7 December 2010

The Cultural Olympiad have announced the first commissions for the London 2012 Festival, which will be a 12 week, UK wide cultural celebration, opening on 21 June 2012.

Dance projects include a Pina Bausch Season from Tanztheater Wuppertal at Sadler’s Wells and the Barbican and Metamorphosis: Titian 2012 – a collaboration between the National Gallery and The Royal Ballet.

Akram Khan will return to his roots at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance where he studied and work with the post-graduate performance company Verve 12; t*here will be a new film from the *Street Dance 3D team Max Giwa and Dania Pasquini and the UK premiere of Philip Glass and Robert Wilson’s legendary Einstein on the Beach, which features choreography by Lucinda Childs. Big Dance led by the Mayor of London and Arts Council England, will be UK-wide in 2012, with the Foundation for Community Dance & Dance Takes the Lead co-ordinating the programme outside of London.

Other high profile commissions go to film maker Mike Leigh, actors Jude Law and Cate Blanchett, author Toni Morrision, artists Olafur Eliasson and David Hockney (who provided the image left, to accompany today’s announcement, from his i-pad). The music programme includes a new work from Gorillaz team Damon Albarn, Rufus Norris & Jamie Hewlett.

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.’

The aim is for over three million people to attend and be part of London 2012 Festival. Some events will be ticketed, some free to attend, with further information on ticketing, pricing and promotional plans announced in the build up to the first tickets going on sale in October 2011. Over 1,000 events will be featured on the festival website, which will go live from Summer 2011.

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Image by artist David Hockney.

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