London 2012 Festival ends with a triumphant final weekend of musical celebration and outdoor performances

September 10, 2012

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London 2012 Festival ends with a triumphant final weekend of musical celebration and outdoor performances

 

Big Dance 2012 Photograph Hugo Glendinning

Big Dance 2012 Photograph Hugo Glendinning

London 2012 Festival has ended its 12-week, UK wide celebration, bringing together leading artists from across the world and the UK, marking the finale of the Cultural Olympiad.  Over 13,500 events were staged in 1,270 venues in villages, towns and cities across the UK.

 

The final week saw Africa Express pop up in Milton Keynes, Stoke-on-Trent, Hebden Bridge, Crewe, Leeds, Carlisle and Bradford, with appearances from surprise guest artists including Peter Hook from Joy Division, former Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones, and Paul McCartney.

 

Africa Express was just one of the London 2012 Festival commissions which delighted audiences and participants around the UK. Other major international commissions included Forests by Calixto Bieito in Birmingham; Branches: The Nature of Crisis by Constanza Macras in Wepre Park in the forests of North Wales; The Barrowlands Project by Michael Clark in Glasgow and Mandala by South Asian arts agency Sampad and technology group seeper in Birmingham and Nottingham. The BBC Proms season finished with more commissions in the final week, including the world premiere of Mark Simpson’s sparks at The Last Night of the Proms 2012; and alongside the Paralympic Games, the Unlimited programme arrived in London with its showcase of 29 commissions at the South Bank Centre.

 

In a festival full of pop-up surprises, the final week saw artist Jeremy Deller’s Sacrilege, a giant inflatable Stonehenge, pop up at the Preston Guild 2012, and in Stoke-on-Trent, complete with a surprise appearance by a group of bouncing druids. Other pop-ups included Eddie Sur Le Toit with Eddie Izzard performing on the roof of the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill-on-Sea, Julien Temple’s new film London: The Modern Babylon also screened at the De La Warr Pavilion as well as on Dalston Roof Park and Storylab offering delighted families pop-up events by CBeebies presenter Cerrie Burnell and Charlie Higson in Salford and Camden.

 

Major community participative projects this week included Bandstand Marathon – Communities in Tune, with local talent covering Coldplay’s anthem hit Viva La Vida ahead of Coldplay themselves playing it in the Closing Ceremony for the Paralympic Games, Thames Festival: Homage to Rio in London saw a day of events celebrating Rio de Janeiro’s music and culture, and the finale of A Hansel of Film, a ‘relay’ of 125 films made by the public, returned for a screening at the Shetlands’ annual film festival, Screenplay 2012.

 

Many London 2012 Festival commissions, exhibitions and performances continue after 9 September for audiences across the UK to watch and enjoy.  More information will be provided on this and final figures on audience and participation will be provided in the London 2012 Festival Evaluation report in October.

 

Full listings of ongoing London 2012 Festival events:

 

Art, Design & Exhibitions

London

?       Arthur Bispo do Rosario (13 Aug -28 Oct 2012); Victoria & Albert Museum, London

?       Art in the Park (From 27 Jul 2012), Olympic Park, London

?       BT Road to 2012 (19 Jul – 23 Sep 2012), National Portrait Gallery, London

?       Tino Sehgal – The Turbine Hall Commission (24 Jul – 28 Oct 2012), Tate Modern, London

?       The Tanks: Art in Action (18 Jul – 28 Oct 2012) Free, Tate Modern, London

?       Olafur Eliasson: Little Sun (12 July – 12 September 2012) Tate Modern, London, including premiere of 16 short films on 15 September, following by discussion moderated by Olafur Eliasson.

?       Changing Rooms – (15 August – 30 September 2012); The Underground Gallery/The Hub-Westminster/Davenport’s Ticket Shop, London

?       Design Stories – The Architecture behind 2012 (25 Jun – 25 Sep 2012), Royal Institute of British Architects, London

?       Designing the Extraordinary – Heatherwick Studio (31 May – 30 Sep 2012), Victoria and Albert Museum, London

?       International Architecture and Design Showcase (23 June – 23 Sept 2012) Embassies and Cultural Institutions, London

?       London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games Posters (21 Jun – 23 Sep 2012), Tate Britain, London

?       Metamorphosis – Titian 2012 (11 Jul – 23 Sep 2012), National Gallery, London

?       Next Generations – BP Portrait Awards (21 Jun – 23 Sep 2012), National Portrait Gallery, London

?       Official London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Poster Display (21 Jun – 21 Sep 2012), Tate Britain, London

?        Tony Cragg – Exhibition Road (25 August – 25 November 2012), Exhibition Road, Kensington & Chelsea, London

?       Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2012 – Ai Weiwei & Herzog and de Meuron (1 Jun – 14 Oct 2012), Serpentine Gallery, London

?       Whitechapel Gallery Commission – Rachel Whiteread (Permanent; From 14 June 2012), Whitechapel Gallery, London

?       Globe Head Ballerina: Yinka Shonibare (From 21 June 2012), Royal Opera House, London

?       The Changing Room (15 August – 30 September 2012), The Underground Gallery; Davenport’s Magic Shop; The Hub, London

South of England

?       Cass Sculpture Foundation – Tony Cragg (21 Jun – 4 Nov 2012), Cass Sculpture Foundation, West Sussex

?       She Lay Down Deep Beneath the Sea – Tracey Emin (26 May – 23 Sep 2012), Turner Contemporary, Margate

?       Edmund de Waal (20 Apr – 28 Oct 2012), Waddesdon Manor, Aylesbury

?       Give me tomorrow – Alex Katz (19 May – 23 Sep 2012), Tate St Ives, St Ives

?       Hang on a minute lads, I’ve got a great idea… – Richard Wilson (7 Jul – 1 Oct 2012), De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill On Sea

?       Piercing Brightness – Shezad Dawood (23 Jun – 29 Sep 2012) Newlyn Art Gallery, Penzance. (30 Jun – 15 Sep 2012), The Exchange, Penzance

Midlands

?       CORE – Kurt Hentschläger (23 Mar – 30 Sep 2012), Enginuity, Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site, Telford

North of England

?       Richard Long (Artist Rooms) and Luke Fowler (23 Jun – 14 Oct 2012), The Hepworth Wakefield, Wakefield

?       We Face Forward – Art from West Africa Today, Gallery of Costume, Manchester (2 Jun – 15 Sep 2012) Whitworth Art Gallery/Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester (2 Jun – 16 Sep 2012)

?       Column (31 Aug 2012 – 31 Aug 2013) East Float, Wirral Waters, Merseyside

?       Oded Hirsch – Liverpool Biennial 2012 (8 Sep – 25 Nov 2012) Liverpool ONE, Liverpool

?       Elmgreen & Dragset – Liverpool Biennial 2012 (8 Sep – 25 Nov 2012) Liverpool ONE, Liverpool

Northern Ireland

?       Godot Tree – Antony Gormley (2 Jul – 13 Sep 2012), The Grand Yard at Castle Coole, Enniskillen

 

Film, Broadcast & Digital

UK wide

?       A Room for London (1 Jan – 30 Dec 2012), Digital, UK wide

?       Sea Change – Cape Farewell Scottish Islands Project (1 May – 30 Sep 2012), Online, UK Wide

?       Lauren’s Spacepod 2012 (Weekly, 13 Aug – 24 Sep 2012) thespace.org

 

Museums & Heritage

London

?       BP Shakespeare: staging the world  (19 Jul – 25 Nov 2012), British Museum, London

South of England

?       The Search of Immortality: Tomb Treasures of Han China (5 May – 11 Nov 2012), Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

?       Treasures of China (30 Jun 2012 – 7 Jan 2013), Colchester Castle Museum, Colchester

?       World Stories – Young Voices (Permanent; From 23 Jun 2012), Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, Brighton

North of England

?       Golden Threads (19 May – 16 Sep 2012), Bradford Industrial Museum, Bradford

 

Music

Nationwide

?        Red Baraat Tour (1 -10 Sep 2012), Locations around the UK

 

Poetry & Storytelling

UK Wide

?       StoryLab: The Summer Reading Challenge 2012 (14 Jul – 10 Sep 2012), UK wide

London       

?       Wastelands to Wonderlands – Writing Britain (11 May – 25 Sep 2012), British Library, London

 

Theatre & Performance

UK Wide

?       Shakespeare Unlocked (23 Apr – 31 Dec 2012), BBC Online, UK wide

London

?       The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time (24 Jul 2012 – 12 Sep 2012) National Theatre, London

?       Julius Caesar (8 Aug – 15 Sep 2012), Noel Coward Theatre, London

?       King Lear (31 August – 3 November 2012) Almeida Theatre, London

?       Timon of Athens (10 Jul – 31 Oct 2012), National Theatre, London

?       The Last of the Haussmans (until 10 Oct 2012) National Theatre, London

?       You Me Bum Bum Train (19 Jul – 19 Sep 2012), LEB Building, Bethnal Green, London

?       King Lear (31 Aug – 3 Nov 2012), Almeida Theatre, London

?       Tarot Drome (4 – 15 Sep 2012), Old Vic Tunnels, London

?       Wah! Wah! Girls (6 – 29 Sep 2012), Theatre Royal Stratford East, London

?       Carnesky Tarot Drome (5 – 15 Sep 2012), Old Vic Tunnels, London

Midlands

?       Forests – Calixto Bieito (31 Aug – 15 Sep 2012) Old Rep Theatre, Birmingham

?       King John – Royal Shakespeare Company (6 Apr – 15 Sep 2012), Swan Theatre, Stratford-Upon-Avon

?       Much Ado About Nothing – Royal Shakespeare Company (26 Jul – 15 Sept 2012) The Courtyard Theatre, Stratford-Upon-Avon

?       Richard III – Royal Shakespeare Company (22 Mar – 15 Sep 2012), Swan Theatre, Stratford-Upon-Avon

?       Shakespeare Stories in partnership with the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust (21 Apr – 21 Dec 2012), Stratford Upon Avon

?       The Comedy of Errors – Royal Shakespeare Company (16 Jul – 6 Oct 2012), Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

?       The Tempest – Royal Shakespeare Company (30 Mar – 7 Oct 2012), Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-Upon-Avon

?       Twelfth Night – Royal Shakespeare Company (8 Mar – 6 Oct 2012), Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-Upon-Avon

North of England

?       Golden Threads (19 May – 16 Sep 2012), Bradford Imperial Museum, Bradford

Wales                                               

?        Branches: The Nature of Crisis (5 Sep – 15 Sep 2012) Wepre Park, Flintshire

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