London 2012 Festival presents ambitious and ground-breaking new commissions in the run up to the Paralympic Games including Globe Head Ballerina @ The Royal Opera House

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London 2012 Festival presents ambitious and ground-breaking new commissions in the run up to the Paralympic Games

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Photograph : Iona Hanson

Hans Peter Kuhn, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Samuel Beckett, Claire Cunningham, Craig Coulthard, Robert Wilson, Jenny Eclair, Sinéad O’Donnell, Oliver KnussenCamille O’Sullivan, Annie Mac, Grandmaster Flash, Idris Elba, Atom Egoyan, Sue Austin, Gavin Bryars and Ariane Mnouchkine are among the artists and performers featured in the tenth week of the London 2012 Festival.

 

London 2012 Festival continues to present ambitious, large-scale programmes across the United Kingdom in its tenth week, featuring the world premiere of Stockhausen’s final opera performed in its entirety, with musicians playing live from flying helicopters, a specially-commissioned installation set against the backdrop of the world-famous Giant’s Causeway by German artist Hans Peter Kuhn, the world’s first ever annual festival celebrating the works of Samuel Beckett, and an unprecedented all-night live party event on television. The Festival also takes inspiration from the values of the Paralympic Games with Unlimited, the UK’s largest commissioning programme involving deaf and disabled artists. A range of original works that form part of the 29 commissions will be showcased this week, in the lead up to the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

 

Highlights of London 2012 Festival events opening across the UK

 

MITTWOCH, revolutionary German composer Karlheinz Stockhausen’s final opera of the monumental opera cycle LICHT, receives its world premiere performance, directed by Graham Vick and staged by Birmingham Opera Company, as part of London 2012 Festival. For the first time, all six parts of MITTWOCH AUS LICHT featuring two choirs, flying solo instrumentalists, live electronic and acoustic music and a string quartet streamed live from four flying helicopters will be staged together in its entirety. (Argyle Works, Birmingham, 22 Aug – 25 Aug 2012). The famous Helicopter String Quartet will be broadcast for free at London 2012 Live Sites in both Birmingham and Coventry and streamed live on The Space digital arts service between 19:00 and 20:00(times approx) on Wednesday 22 August, direct from the world premiere performance. The entire opera will be available via a free webcast on Birmingham Opera Company website (http://www.birminghamopera.org.uk) on Thurdsay 23 August from 16:00.

 

Flags is internationally renowned German artist Hans Peter Kuhn’s new innovative installation artwork set on and against the backdrop of the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland. The artist has placed freely rotating flags, red on one side and yellow on the other, along the length of the bay of Port Noffer and on the banks of the cliff face. (FREE, Giant’s Causeway, Belfast, 20 August – 4 November 2012)

 

Channel 4House Party – in an unprecedented live television event, Channel 4 hands over creative control for one night to six world-class DJs, including Grandmaster FlashAnnie Mac and Horse Meat Disco, playing live to the nation with six hour-long sets in a clubbing experience like noother. This marks the first time DJs have been granted control of a national broadcaster, and with no advert breaks, no commentary and no interruptions, it promises to be the party of the year (Friday 24 August 2012, live from midnight – 6AM, Channel 4 & Channel4.com/houseparty). Actor Idris Elba (The WireLuther) also counts down the defining moments of the greatest cultural phenomenon of our generation in a two-hourfilm, How Clubbing Changed the World (10PM – 6AM, 24 August, Channel 4 and Channel4.com/houseparty).

 

Happy Days is the world’s first-ever annual festival celebrating Samuel Beckett, held in the town of Enniskillen in Northern Ireland. Highlights of the season as part of the London 2012 Festival include:

  • World-renowned director and performer Robert Wilson’s      new production of Beckett’s solo masterpieceKrapp’s Last Tape (Ardhowen      Theatre, Enniskillen, Northern Ireland; 24 – 27 August 2012)
  • Atom Egoyan presents the Irish premiere of his 2002 film      installation Steenbeckett, created by the renowned      Armenian director as a response to Beckett’s Krapp’s Last Tape (FREE,      The Clinton Centre, Enniskillen, 11-27 August 2012)
  • One of Britain’s      greatest living composers, Gavin Bryars, performs his most      famous work The Sinking of the Titanic in the centenary      year of the ship’s fated voyage. Performed with his Ensemble, the piece is      a tribute to one of the great disasters of the 20th century (St Macartin’s      Cathedral, Enniskillen, 25 August 2012)
  • Devoted and      disgruntled, which seeks to      engage people in conversations, both in real-time and online, which are      designed to help the theatre community from all different regions forge      new initiatives, relationships and self-sustaining communities (Free,      Enniskillen International Beckett Festival, 25-26 August 2012)

 

UNLIMITED, involving deaf and disabled artists, is the UK’s largest programme of its kind, with 29 commissions. It encourages collaborations and partnerships between disability arts organisations, disabled and deaf artists, producers, and mainstream organisations, to celebrate the inspiration of the Olympic and Paralympic Games through the creation of original and exciting works. The programme culminates with a series of major events timed to coincide with the Paralympics. Events opening this week as part of London 2012 Festival:

  • Claire Cunningham:      Ménage à Trois explores award-winning      performer Claire Cunningham’s 20-year relationship with her crutches      in study      of love, obsession, loneliness and manipulation. This work of dance      theatre is a collaboration with choreographer and video artist Gail      Sneddon, and is set within an animated environment, enveloping the      performers in a surreal, imaginary world. (Tramway      1, Glasgow, 24 – 25 August 2012; The MAC, Belfast, 31 August 2012;      Southbank Centre, London 8 September 2012)
  • CAUTION brings together six artists from around the world to work on      a series of solo and collaborative performances, video works, still images      and installations that allow the artists to explore their limits, break      through boundaries and work with the extremes of their abilities to      communicate and make things happen. Led by Belfast-based artist and      curator Sinéad O’Donnell, CAUTION artists Sylvette Babin (Canada), Mariel      Carranza (Peru), Paul Couillard (Canada) Poshya Kakl (Kurdistan-Iraq) and      Shiro Masuyama (Japan) investigate what it means to have an ‘invisible’      disability. (Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast, 24 August – 29 September      2012; Southbank Centre, London, 31 August – 09 September 2012)
  • The Ugly Spirit is disability-led performance company Fittings Multimedia      Art’s new show, a mix of music, text and      improvisation that fuses the talents of avant-garde performance      artist David Hoyle with the vocal skills of acclaimed      soprano Denise Leigh and is directed by Garry      Robson. This intimate promenade performance invites audiences to      explore the undiscovered places that lurk behind the scenes in theatres      and travelling shows before being taken to a private audience with the      famous Siamese Twins, Jessie and Bessie (Bluecoat Liverpool, 21- 22 August      2012; Cathedral Quarter Workspaces, Belfast, 24 August 2012; Southbank      Centre, London 2- 3 September 2012).

 

Paralympic Flame Festivals celebrate the London 2012 Paralympic Torch Relay where the flames from all four UK nations will be lit at the summit of their highest peaks on Wednesday 22 August. The Flames will then be transferred to each nation’s capital city in Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London where they will become the focus of a day of Paralympic celebrations. The free Flame Festivals feature live music and entertainment, and will conclude with young people from each capital city taking part in a lantern procession and forming a guard of honour, through which the Flame will be carried and used to light a Ceremonial Cauldron. Each national Flame will then be taken to the Paralympic Flame Lighting Ceremony in Stoke Mandeville stadium in Buckinghamshire, thespiritual home of the Paralympic Movement, on 28 August, for the start of the 24 hour overnight Relay from Stoke Mandeville to London. A specially commissioned film by the multimedia, performance and installation artist Sue Austin has been created for the Paralympic Flame Festivals. The Cardiffevent will include appearances by Charlotte Church in the afternoon, and Wales Millennium Centre’s choirs Hard Côr and Only Kids Aloud, aerial artists ScarabeusOnly Men AloudTredegar Brass Band and a mass sing-along of Karl Jenkins’ piece In These Stones Horizons Sing in the evening. (City Hall, Belfast, 25 August; Meadowbank Stadium, Edinburgh, 26 August; Roald Dahl Plass, Cardiff, 27 August).

 

Trailblazers – Britain’s Queen’s of TV Comedy – Jenny Eclair hosts a celebration of pioneering female stand up at Hackney Empire, with a line-up including Marti Caine, Janet Brown, Tessie O’Shey and Victoria Wood. (23 August 2012); and BFI Southbank presents a look back at the groundbreaking all-female sketch show Smack thePony, which finished some ten years ago but still has resonance within TV comedy today, with all its contributing talents – from in front of and behind the cameras – going on to have significant further careers.

 

Tony Cragg at Exhibition Road is a major new exhibition of five outdoor sculptures by Tony Cragg installed on the newly pedestrianised area of London’s Exhibition Road, with a further six indoor works to go on display at the V&A, the Science Museum and the Natural History Museum. Curated by the Cass Foundation, the sculptures range up to 5.5m in scale and demonstrate Cragg’s pioneering and ambitious sculptural techniques across a range of materials including bronze, stone, cast iron, steel and wood (Exhibition Road, London, 25 August – 25 November 2012)

 

Forest Pitch by artist Craig Coulthard sees the creation of a full-size football pitch hidden deep within a commercial forest on the Scottish Borders. Four highly unusual teams, with approximately 60 players from around the world and different backgrounds and origins, play two amateur football matches on a specially constructed pitch. Exploring issues of nationhood, community, landscape and memory, Forest Pitch proposes both a memorable sporting occasion and a place that can be revisited and re-experienced for years after the match day. (Clarilawmuir Plantation, Scottish Borders, 25 July 2012, for tickets see www.forestpitch.org)

 

Robert Wilson’s Walking sees a stretch of North Norfolk’s wild coastline transformed by a series of sculptural installations. Internationally acclaimed director Robert Wilson collaborates with Dutch visual artist Theun Mosk and theatremaker Boukje Schweigman to create an artistic experience, exploring man’s relationship with the landscape. Guides will walk audiences through a three-mile section of the North Norfolk coastline featuring a series of visual and sound installations. For tickets, visit: www.nnfestival.org.uk (20August – 2 September 2012).

 

Storylab – this is a busy week for Storylab, which is running throughout the Festival offering exciting opportunities for kids to get reading, creating and illustrating stories. Highlights of the week’s events include:

  • Wonderlands: A      Festival of International Writing for Children –      Three days of stories, words, drawings, conversations and explorations as      some of the world’s most brilliant writers for children and young people      appear at the British Library, including Michael Rosen, Michael      Morpurgo and Julia Donaldson (British Library,      London, 24 – 26 August)
  • Summer Reading      Challenge Road Show – stories and      activities for children and families in libraries all over the UK.      The     programme includes book performances, an African      drumming music event, art events, author visits, Book Aerobics, workshops,      crafts and modelling, creative writing, dance events, drama events,      face-painting, film shows, quizzes, Olympic themed events and games, Lego      challenges, magic shows with Story Lab theme, puppet making, science labs,      sports days, treasure hunts and Wii sporting events. This week, Sue Monroe      (ex-CBeebies presenter and author of The Magnificent Moon Hare) will be      reading in Worthing Central Library on Thursday 23rd August.
  • Storycloud – a free nationwide digital project reaching children in      their homes, schools and libraries. Each Monday during London Festival      2012, a new story will be released creating a magical online library for      children from 5-8 years old and their families. Discover has commissioned      twelve brand new stories/poems; from the UK’s leading children’s      authors/poets including Michael Rosen, Malorie Blackman, David Almond,      Philip Ardagh, Jamilla Gavin and Andy Stanton and four from east London      children. Each one is beautifully illustrated and available free online.      Children can send in their own stories and illustrations too, some of      which are posted on the StoryCloud gallery.
  • Rochester’s      Extraordinary Storyloom – Experiment      with the only surviving story manufacturing machine, which has been      discovered and reassembled at The Oxford Story Museum. This week’ events      include: Amazing Animation: Take a line for a walk in      this taster animation session with the Animation Station. Using pencils,      pens and crayons, animate your own story and bring it to life on screen.      (Wednesday 22 August & Wednesday 29 August 2012); and Storyloom      ‘Steamings’: Ted Dewan, The Story Museum’s artist-in-residence      and Keeper of the Loom, will bring this mysterious steampunk machine to      life. (Saturday August 25 2012)

 

The Ark-ive – Visitors are invited to visit this large vessel outside the National Theatre made of salvaged materials and fill it with objects, drawings, photographs and memories of animals they had some kind of interaction with, aiming to represent the complex relationship between the human and the animal world. (FREE, National Theatre Inside Out, London, 21 – 27 August 2012)

 

World Shakespeare Festival continues to celebrate the global appeal of William Shakespeare. Highlights for this week of the London 2012 Festival include:

  • Cesario, Byrony Lavery’s funny and touching new play about belonging      and loss which opens at the National Theatre’s Pop-up      Workshop.  Performed by a cast of young actors chosen from local      schools and youth theatres, Cesario is inspired by the twins in      Shakespeare’s plays (22 – 25 August 2012, National Theatre Inside      Out).
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (As You Like It) – Russian artist and      director Dmitry Krymov presents the global premiere of his unique take on      Shakespeare’s greatest comedy in the UK this summer as part of London 2012      Festival (Edinburgh International Festival, 24 – 26 August 2012).
  • Julius Caesar, Shakespeare’s classic political thriller finds dark contemporary      echoes in modern Africa, directed by RSC Artistic Director Designate Gregory      Doran and featuring Paterson Joseph as Brutus.      (Noel Coward Theatre, London, 8 August – 15 September 2012).
  • The Rape of      Lucrece  a      provocative performance of Shakespeare’s tragic poem by acclaimed      singer Camille O’Sullivan in a Royal Shakespeare Company      production as part of the World Shakespeare Festival, performed as part of      the Edinburgh International Festival  (Royal Lyceum Theatre, 22      – 26 August 2012).
  • Troilus and Cressida – Working for the first time together,      the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Wooster Group present an      Anglo-American production of Shakespeare’s epic Trojan play. Co-directed      by Elizabeth LeCompte and Mark Ravenhill (Riverside Studios, London, 24      August – 8 September 2012).
  • Shakespeare: Staging the World – the BP Exhibition, a major exhibition on      the world and works of William Shakespeare, providing an insight into the      emerging role of London as a world city four hundred years ago interpreted      through the perspective of Shakespeare’s plays (British Museum, 19 July –      25 November 2012).

 

BBC Proms, the world’s biggest classical music festival, this year forms part of the London 2012 Festival. The eight-week season of concert and events features the world’s leading artists and orchestras, the largest number of new commissions for a Proms season, record youth participation and a celebration of London and composers and pieces. Highlights of this week at the Proms include:

  • Andris Nelsons conducts the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra for      the UK premiere of Emily Howard’s Calculus of the      Nervous System, alongside works by Glinka and Shostakovich (Prom 51,      7.30PM, 21 August 2012)
  • Robert      Hollingworth and I      Fagiolini bring a radical reconstruction of Giovanni Gabrieli’s      colossal Magnificat, commemorating the 400th anniversary      of the composer’s death (Prom 53, 10.15PM, 22 August 2012) .
  • The world premiere      of Helen Grime’s BBC commissioned piece Night Songs,      written in tribute to Oliver Knussen’s 60th Birthday.      The piece will be conducted by Knussen himself, with the BBC      Symphony Orchestra, alongside Goehr’s Metamorphosis/Dance,      Knussen’s Symphony No. 3 and the first complete      performance of Debussy’s The Martyrdom of St Sebastian (Prom      56, 7.30pm, 25 August 2012).

 

Edinburgh Festivals have increased their programming ambitions this year and created a series of large scale, one-off, signature events as part of the London 2012 Festival.Prominently featured among the programme of comedy, dance, theatre, opera and musical events are showcases of the most innovative modern culture with ambitious collaborations between Scottish and international artists. Highlights of the London 2012 Festival programme this week include:

  • Legendary French      director, Ariane Mnouchkine’s production Les      Naufragés du Fol Espoir (Aurores) performed by Le Théâtre du      Soleil, which transforms Lowland Hall into a world of imagination and      fantasy. Mnouchkine’s work has rarely been seen in the UK because of its      sheer scale and complexity, and this is her first production in the UK for      20 years (23 – 25 August, 27-28 August 2012).
  • NVA’s Speed of Light embraces the Olympic sporting theme, bringing the historic      peak of Arthur’s Seat to life in a mass choreographed act      of walking and endurance running, as hundreds of runners wearing specially      designed light suits take to the intricate path networks below. Members of      the audience are invited to become part of the work, carrying portable      light sources set against the dark features of the hill (Arthur’s Seat, 9      August – 1 September 2012, 9-11PM).
  • Timeline is Turner prizing-winning artist Susan Philipsz’s      first ever exhibition in Edinburgh, a multi-site sound installation placed      in an invisible line through the Scottish capital.  Created in      response to one of Edinburgh’s famous landmarks – the One O’Clock Gun –      the piece is activated once a day as the gun sounds, with speakers      creating an echo through the city, part of the Edinburgh Art Festival      (FREE, Edinburgh City Centre, 2 August – 2 September 2012).

 

 

Preview of forthcoming events

 

Connecting Light is a major new art installation along the line of Hadrian’s Wall, designed by New York based digital arts collective YesYesNo with Zachary Lieberman. With over 400 two metre diameter balloons lit by internal LED lights, the installation will become a line of pulsating colours as messages are sent along the Wall. The installation will be visible in the evening and accessible to visitors at several locations. (FREE, Hadrian’s Wall, Various Sites, Hexham; 31 August – 1 September 2012)

 

The Africa Express sees a collective of African and Western musicians taking part in a musicaljourney aboard a train filled with dozens of emerging and world-famous artists traversing the UK, playing unexpected gigs in unexpected places. Led by Damon Albarn, and featuring artists including Baaba Maal, Rokia Traoré, Carl Barât, and Rizzle Kicks, the Africa Express will visit homes, schools, factories, shopping centres and stations, with the adventure culminating in a finale concert in London’s Granary Square. (Multiple venues, 3 – 8 September 2012)

 

Branches: The Nature of Crisis, in a special commission for National Theatre Wales, award-winning Argentinean choreographer and director Constanza Macras creates a new site-specific show in the forests of North Wales, drawing inspiration from the ancient Welsh stories of the Mabinogion. (Wepre Park, Flintshire, Wales; 5 – 8 September 2012, 12 – 15 September 2012)

 

Mandala, a bold fusion of South Asian dance, music and ground breaking 3D projection sees Birmingham Town Hall and Nottingham Council House lit up in spectacular evening displays. (FREE,Birmingham Town Hall, Birmingham; Nottingham Council House, Nottingham, 7 September – 9 September 2012)

 

Michael Clark – Barrowlands Project, ground-breaking Scottish dancer, choreographer and artist Michael Clark takes over the celebrated Glasgow Barrowlands, now a revered rock music venue and with a history as Glasgow’s premier dance hall to create a landmark dance event inviting local people to perform alongside company dancers to create a communal dance experience. (Barrowland Ballroom, Glasgow, 8 September – 9 September 2012)

 

Bandstand Marathon – Communities in Tune, using the nation’s bandstands as community hubs, The Bandstand Marathon aims to bring UK society together through live music. This year, the challenge is to run 500 events simultaneously nationwide and to showcase performances from all the cultures and communities of Britain. (FREE, Bandstands around the UK, 9 September 2012)

 

As well as an exciting mix of visual arts and performance works, the London 2012 Festival is treating audiences across the UK to a series of special pop-up events including comedy gigs, visual art installations, music concerts, and outdoor events.  Highlights include:

  • What You Will: Pop Up Shakespeare – To Be or Not To Be, created by Mark      Rylance, which will see 50 actors interact with the public in various      London streets, bringing to life Shakespeare’s most famous characters      (London, 28 August – 2 September 2012).
  • Tickets will go on sale on Wednesday 22 August for a unique jazz      performance by platinum-selling soul singer Mica Paris and      the 14 strong London Vocal Project at London’s legendary      606 club (28 August).
  • Tickets are on sale for an autobiographical performance lecture on      Adventure Capitalism by Mark Borkowski, one of most      influential figures in the PR industry, at Bristol Old Vic Theatre (1      September).
  • Also on 1 September, Bexhill’s De La Warr Pavilion will host a      special drive-in screening of the classic 1969 British film The      Italian Job, in the shadow of Richard Wilson’s Hang On A      Minute Lads, I’ve Got A Great Idea… installation on the      gallery’s roof, inspired by the film’s final scene in which a coach      containing gold bullion and a gang of robbers hovers precariously over a      cliff.
  • Further dates have just been announced for Sacrilege,      the life-sized inflatable replica of Stonehenge for people to bounce on by      Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller; the installation will now      pop-up in Oldham (24 August), Belfast (26 August), Newry (28 August),      Gateshead (30 August), Doncaster (1 September), Skegness (3 September),      Whitstable (5 September), Stoke (7 September) and Preston (9 September).

 

Listings for London 2012 Festival for the week beginning 20 August 2012:

 

Art, Design & Exhibitions

UK wide

  • Imagine Peace – Yoko Ono (19 Jun – 9 Sep 2012), London 2012 Live      Sites

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
  • 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
  • Changing Rooms – (15 August – 30 September 2012); The      Underground Gallery/The Hub-Westminster/Davenport’s Ticket Shop, London
  • BT Road to 2012 (19 Jul – 23 Sep 2012), National Portrait Gallery, London
  • Casa Brasil (21 Jul – 8 Sep 2012), Somerset House, London
  • Damien Hirst (4 Apr – 9 Sep 2012), Tate Modern, 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 Institution, London
  • Frieze Projects East (18 Jul – 31 Aug 2012), multiple venues, London
  • Government Art Collection at the Whitechapel Gallery (19 Jun – 9 Sep      2012), Whitechapel Gallery, 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
  • Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2012 – Ai Weiwei & Herzog and de      Meuron (1 Jun – 14 Oct 2012), Serpentine Gallery, London
  • The English Flower Garden – Paul Cummins (4 Jun – 26 Aug      2012), Cromwell Green, House of Parliament, London
  • To The Light – Yoko Ono (19 Jun – 9 Sep 2012), Serpentine      Gallery, London
  • Whitechapel Gallery Commission – Rachel Whiteread (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
  • Ballast Seed Garden – Maria Thereza Alves (21 Jun – 9 Sep 2012),      Floating Harbour (North side), Bristol
  • 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
  • She Lay Down Deep Beneath the Sea – Tracey Emin (26      May – 23 Sep 2012), Tuner Contemporary, Margate
  • The English Flower Garden – Paul Cummins (1 Jun – 17 Sep      2012), Blenheim Palace, Oxford
  • The English Flower Garden – Paul Cummins (11 May – 1 Sep      2012), The Secret Gardens of Sandwich, Sandwich
  • DruidMurphy – Plays by Tom Murphy (18 – 25 Aug 2012), Oxford      Playhouse, Oxford

Midlands

  • CORE – Kurt Hentschläger (23 Mar – 30 Sep 2012), Enginuity,      Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site, Telford
  • The English Flower Garden – Paul Cummins (11 May – 1 Sep      2012), Althorp Estate, Northampton
  • Boyd & Evans: Views (18 Jul – 2 Sep 2012), Ikon Gallery,      Birmingham
  • Walking – Robert Wilson (20 Aug – 2 Sep 2012) Holkham, Norfolk

North of England

  • Mobile Republic: Digital Caravans (30 Aug – 02 Sep 2012), First      Street Manchester, Manchester
  • Niet Normaal: Difference on Display (13 July – 2 Sep      2012), The Bluecoat, Liverpool
  • Richard Long (Artist Rooms) and Luke Fowler (23 Jun – 14 Oct      2012), The Hepworth Wakefield, Wakefield
  • The English Flower Garden – Paul Cummins (1 Jun – 31 Aug      2012), Castle Howard, York
  • Trade Secrets – Humble Market (23 Jun – 26 Aug      2012), FACT, Liverpool
  • 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)

Wales

  • Making Triangles – Richard La Trobe-Bateman (7 Jul – 9 Sep 2012),      Ruthin Craft Centre, Ruthin
  • Rooms of Dreams – Wendy Ramshaw (7 Jul – 9 Sep 2012),      Ruthin Craft Centre, Ruthin

Northern Ireland

  • Godot Tree – Antony Gormley (2 Jul – 27 Aug 2012), The Grand Yard      at Castle Coole, Enniskillen
  • The Screaming Silence of the Wind – Maurice Orr (6 Aug – 23 Aug      2012), Flowerfield Arts Centre, Portstewart
  • Flags – Hans Peter Kuhn (20 Aug – 4 Sep 2012), Giants Causeway,      Belfast

Scotland

  • Timeline – Susan Phillipz (2 Aug – 2 Sep 2012) Edinburgh
  • NVA – Speed of Light (9 Aug – 1 Sep 2012) Arthur’s Seat, Edinburgh

 

Comedy

London

  • Trailblazers –      Britain’s Queens of TV Comedy (21      & 28 Aug 2012), BFI Southbank, London

Scotland

  • BBC Comedy Presents (3 -27 Aug 2012), High Street, Edinburgh
  • UNLIMITED: Laurence Clark Inspired (1-27 Aug 2012) The      Underbelly, Wee Coo, Edinburgh

 

Film, Broadcast & Digital

UK wide

  • A Room for London (1 Jan – 30 Dec 2012), Digital, UK wide
  • The Itch of the Golden Nit (23 Jun – 9 Sept 2012); Picturehouse      cinemas nationwide
  • A Running Jump – Mike Leigh (24 Jun – 9 Sep 2012), Picturehouse      Cinemas, UK wide
  • Film National Shorts Online (21 Jun – 9 Sep 2012), Online and Live      Sites, UK wide
  • Ping Pong: Never Too Old For Gold (8 Aug – 2 Sep 2012);      This week: (16 Aug 2012), Edinburgh Picturehouse, Edinburgh; (20 Aug      2012), Phoenix Picturehouse, Oxford
  • Sea Change – Cape Farewell Scottish Islands Project (1 May – 30 Sep),      Online, UK Wide
  • StoryCloud (18 Jun – 9 Sep 2012), Online, UK wide
  • The World in London (14 – 31 Aug 2012), thespace.org
  • Lauren’s Spacepod 2012 (Weekly, 13 Aug – 24 Sep 2012)      thespace.org

Midlands

  • Motion Disabled Unlimited- Simon McKeown (20 Jul – 9 Sep      2012), Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, Middlesbrough

Northern Ireland

  • MACROPOLIS – Joel Simon (12 Jul – 29 Aug 2012), W5 at Odyssey,      Belfast
  • Atom Egoyan – Steenbeckett (11 – 27 Aug 2012), Clinton Theatre,      Enniskillen

 

Museums & Heritage

London

  • The London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games Medals (until 9 Sep 2012),      British Museum, London
  • BP Shakespeare: Staging the World  (19 July – 25      November 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 (From 23 Jun 2012),      Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, Brighton

North of England

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

 

Music

London

  • BBC Proms 2012 – Prom 51 – Glinka, Howard & Shostakovich, Royal      Albert Hall, London (7.30PM, 21 Aug 2012)
  • BBC Proms 2012 – Prom 52 – Prokofiev – Cinderella, Royal Albert      Hall, London (7PM, 22 Aug 2012)
  • BBC Proms 2012 – Prom 53 – 1612 Italian Vespers, Royal Albert      Hall, London (10.15PM, 22 Aug 2012)
  • BBC Proms 2012 – Prom 54 – Davies, Delius & Shostakovich,      Royal Albert Hall, London (7.30PM, 23 Aug 2012)
  • BBC Proms 2012 – Prom 55 – Britten – Peter Grimes, Royal Albert      Hall, London (7PM, 24 Aug 2012)
  • BBC Proms 2012 – Prom 56 – Goehr, Knussen, Grime & Debussy,      Royal Albert Hall, London (7.30PM, 25 Aug 2012)
  • BBC Proms 2012 – Prom 57 – Wagner, Berg, R. Strauss & Ravel,      Royal Albert Hall, London (7.30PM, 26 Aug 2012)
  • BBC Proms 2012 – Prom 58 – Family Matinee: A Journey to Far      Corners of our Musical World, Royal Albert Hall, London          (3PM, 27 Aug 2012)
  • BBC Proms 2012 – Prom 59 – The Broadway Sound, Royal Albert Hall,      London (8PM, 27 Aug 2012)

 

Outdoor & Carnival

London

  • Showtime: Entertainment Everywhere (21 Jul – 9 Sep 2012 –      This week: (18 August 2012), Hounslow High Street, London
  • Watch this Space Commissions – National Theatre  (1 Jun – 9 Sep 2012)

South of England

  • Sacrilege (26 Aug 2012), Grove Playing Fields, Belfast

 

Poetry & Storytelling

UK Wide

  • StoryLab: The Summer Reading Challenge 2012 (14      Jul – 10 Sep 2012), UK wide
  • StoryCloud (18 Jun – 9 Sep 2012), online, UK wide

London         

  • aMAZEme (31 Jul – 26 Aug 2012), Southbank Centre, London
  • Wastelands to Wonderlands – Writing Britain (11 May – 25 Sep      2012), British Library, London

South of England

  • Rochester’s Ripping Story Loom (21 Jun – 9 Sep 2012), The Story      Museum, Oxford

Scotland

  • Edinburgh World      Writers’ Conference (17 – 21 Aug      2012), Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh

 

Theatre & Performance

UK Wide

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

London

  • Kids Week in the West End (1-31 Aug 2012) various theatres, London
  • Julius Caesar (8 Aug – 15 Sep 2012), Noel Coward Theatre, London
  • Timon of Athens (10 Jul – 31 Oct 2012), National Theatre,      London
  • Henry V – Globe to Globe (8 Jun – 26 Aug 2012), Shakespeare’s      Globe, London
  • National Theatre Watch This Space commissions (1 Jun – 9 Sep 2012),      National Theatre, London
  • Shakespeare: Staging The World, The BP Exhibition (19 Jul – 25 Nov      2012), British Museum, London
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time (24 Jul 2012 – 12 Sep      2012) National Theatre, London
  • The Last of the Haussmans (until 10 Oct 2012) National Theatre,      London
  • The Pop-Up Workshop – National Theatre Inside Out (1 Jun – 9 Sep 2012),      London
  • You Me Bum Bum Train (19 Jul – 19 Sep 2012), LEB Building, Bethnal      Green, London

South of England

  • DruidMurphy (18 – 25 Aug 2012), Oxford Playhouse, Oxford
  • Double Bill: Absurd Person Singular and Surprises – Alan      Ayckbourn (8 Aug – 8 Sep 2012), Minerva Theatre, Chichester

Midlands

  • Troilus and Cressida (24 Aug – 08 Sep 2012) LIFT at Riverside      Studios, London
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (As You Like It) (24 – 26 Aug 2012),      Edinburgh International Festival, Edinburgh
  • House of Fairy Tales: Adventure of the Missing Manuscript (30 Jun – 2 Sep 2012),      Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon
  • 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
  • Squidsoup: Living Walls (21 Apr – 9 Sep 2012), Royal      Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon
  • The Adventure of the Missing Manuscript – The House of Fairy      Tales (2 Jul – 2 Sep 2012), Royal Shakespeare Theatre, 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

 

The London 2012 Festival is the finale of the Cultural Olympiad. Since the Cultural Olympiad started in 2008 over 18 million people all over the UK have already participated in or attended over 9,000 performances and more than 8,000 workshops as part of Cultural Olympiad programmes inspired by London 2012 and funded by our principal funders and sponsors.

 

Principal Funders of the Cultural Olympiad and London 2012 Festival are Arts Council England, Legacy Trust UK and the Olympic Lottery Distributor. BP and BT are Premier Partners of the Cultural Olympiad and the London 2012 Festival.

 

Supporters of the London 2012 Festival are BMW,Eurostar, Freshfields, King’s College London, Panasonic, Samsung, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Arts Council of Wales, BBC, British Council, Creative Scotland, DCAL, DCMS, Festivals Edinburgh, Mayor Of London, Northern Ireland Tourist Board, Visit Britain and Visit Scotland.

The Official London 2012 Join In app is a free mobile guide to help you plan, enjoy and share your Games experience. From the Olympic Torch Relay to the Olympics and Paralympics, the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, plus all the cultural, city and community celebrations happening across the UK, the Official London 2012 Join In App is your essential companion. It is available now at app stores and at http://www.london2012.com/mobileapps/

 

London 2012 Games partners:

The Worldwide Olympic Partners who support the London 2012 Olympic Games and the National Olympic Committees around the world are Coca-Cola, Acer, Atos, Dow, GE, McDonald’s, Omega, Panasonic, Procter and Gamble, Samsung and Visa.

 

LOCOG has seven domestic Tier One Partners – adidas, BMW, BP, British Airways, BT, EDF and Lloyds TSB. There are seven domestic Tier Two Supporters – Adecco, ArcelorMittal, Cadbury, Cisco, Deloitte, Thomas Cook and UPS. There are now twenty-eight domestic Tier Three Suppliers and Providers – Aggreko, Airwave, Atkins, Boston Consulting Group, CBS Outdoor, Crystal CG, Eurostar, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, G4S, GSK, Gymnova, Heathrow Airport, Heineken UK, Holiday Inn, John Lewis, McCann Worldgroup, Mondo, NATURE VALLEY, Next, Nielsen, Populous, Rapiscan Systems, Rio Tinto,Technogym, Thames Water, Ticketmaster, Trebor and Westfield.

 

There is one domestic Tier One Paralympic Games-only Partner, Sainsbury’s and two domestic Tier Three Paralympic Games-only Suppliers, Otto Bock and Panasonic. The London 2012 Paralympic Games also acknowledges the support of the National Lottery.

London 2012 Festival

Big Dance

Baaba Maal, Gilberto Gil, Ms Dynamite, Alfred Hitchcock, Jane & Louise Wilson, Matthew Williamson, Paul Smith, Kate Prince, Pina Bausch, Douglas Gordon, Wendy Ramshaw, Mira Calix, Sarnath Bennerjee, Richard Wilson, and John Gerrard, among the stars of London 2012 Festival’s third week

London 2012 Festival

Big Dance
Photo Hugo Glendinning

4 July 2012 – An extraordinary week of events taking place right across the UK will be presented during the third week of the London 2012 Festival.Programme highlights include new projects which present art in unusual places, a series of works inspired by Olympic and Paralympic values, and a wide range of free events for everyone to join in.

Art in Unusual Places

Hang On A Minute Lads, I’ve Got A Great Idea… is a new commission by artist Richard Wilson, featuring a full-sized replica coach balanced on the rooftop of the iconic De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill-on-Sea, an installation inspired by the final scene of the film The Italian Job. Defying formal notions of architecture andengineering Wilson brings a thought-provoking and sometimes gravity-defyingspectacle to the public (7 July – 1 October 2012).

 

Blackmail, one of the most iconic of all Alfred Hitchcock’s London films, will be screened in an outdoor presentation in the forecourt of the British Museum, with a live performance of Neil Brand’s score by an ensemble of 18 musicians, orchestrated and conducted by Timothy Brock. Blackmail features many scenes set at the Museum, and it is thefirst feature film to be shown outdoors at the institution. The Festival iscelebrating The Genius of Hitchcock on an Olympian scale with the most comprehensive exploration of his work ever presented, and the British Museum screening is the centrepiece of the season (6 July 2012).

 

The End of Civilisation, the first film shot in England by Turner Prize-winning artist Douglas Gordon, premieres at the Tyne Theatre in Newcastle. The film features a beacon in the Cumbrian landscape burning where the Roman border with Scotland once stood. The beacon, a grand piano, was selected by Gordon as one of the western world’s great icons, with the burning serving as both a warning and a celebration. The screenings are taking place at a site that used to be home to Hadrian’s Wall, connecting to the landscape where the film was made (5 – 6 July 2012).

 

Urban Classic is a unique meeting of musical cultures with leading artists from the UK’s urban music scene including N-Dubz producer Fazer, Ms Dynamite, Skepta and Devlin sharing the stage with the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jules Buckley. The free concert features breakthrough anthems, well-known hits and exciting new material and is taking place on the grounds of the historic Walthamstow Town Hall, an art deco building whose design reflects the Swedish influence of the inter-war years (5 July 2012).

 

Big Dance 2012 officially launches on Thursday 5 July with dancers from Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and England converging on the platforms of St Pancras International Station. Kate Prince, whose work includes the hit West End show, SomeLike it Hip Hop, will headline a whole day of dance, which will include 150 dancers on stages around the main concourse of the station. From 7 to 15 July 2012, Big Dance will spread across the nation in a week of dance-inspired projects and high-profile mass performances in venues ranging from public squares and shopping centres, to parks, playgrounds, beaches, bridges, studios and swimming pools. It is one of the largest participation events being presented as part of the London 2012 Festival, and part of the Mayor of London’s programme of free events taking place across the capital (5 – 15 July 2012).

 

Exercise (Djibouti) 2012 is a major new simulation by Irish artist John Gerrard, presented as a large-scale cinematic installation in the setting of the Old Power Station,Oxford. Originating in found documentary images of US military exercises inDjibouti (Horn of Africa) and informed by research into athletic achievement,the work makes use of emerging technologies to reflect on the relationship between competitive sport, military training, theatrical performance and dance (7 – 29 July 2012).

 

Untrue Island brings together writer Robert Macfarlane, jazz musician Arnie Somogyi, and visual artists Jane and Louise Wilson for an ambitious project investigating and interpreting the haunting landscape of the Orford Ness Nature Reserve in Suffolk. Robert Macfarlane has collaborated with Arnie Somogyi on a site-specific work, which will be performed on Orford Ness on 8 July and on 15 July. Jane and Louise Wilson’s have created Blind Landing in reference to the Blind Landing Experimental Unit that was operational during the Cold War period.  The work includes a series of sculptures inspired by a yardstick measure once employed in the film industry, and is sited within the laboratory buildings (8 July – 30 July 2012).

 

National Theatre Inside Out sees activities normally conducted inside the National Theatre spilling out onto its terraces and squares, with a packed festival programme of free activities. The programme includes new site-specific commissions from two National Theatre Studio affiliate companies, performed in secret rooftop locations at the National.  Made In China’s Get Stuff Break Free is a funny and moving parable of disconnection, consumerism and the flickering hope of overcoming them (25 June – 4 July 2012), and non zero one invite audiences to gather around a large table to explore the way we look and the way we see in you’ll see [me sailing in antarctica] (6 – 15 July 2012).

 

Sparks Will Fly at Hylands Park is an outdoor spectacular for families and children, and the finale to a two-month journey across Essex of two specially-created larger-than-life champions. Created by outdoor performance specialists, Walk the Plank, in collaboration with the Grand Theatre of Lemmings, Essex-based artist Joanna Peacock, and additional UK artists, the show features the champions competing in the first Glass Bead Game to be played in a thousand years and is timed to coincide with the evening celebrations for the arrival in Chelmsford of the London 2012 Olympic TorchRelay (6 July 2012).

dancer stands on one hand
Photo Hugo Glendinning

Works inspired by Olympic and Paralympic values:

Africa Utopia is a month-long festival of music, theatre, film, literature, dance, fashion, talks and debates at the Southbank Centrepresented in conjunction with the renowned Senegalese singer and human-rights campaigner Baaba Maal. An invited group of young delegates – guided by ‘elders’ including Baaba Maal, Ben Okri, Lemn Sissay and Wole Soyinka – will engage with leading African arts organisations and cultural leaders to explore how art projects can be mobilised to bring about social change. Events on the third week of the London 2012 Festival include World Sound Power with writers including Lemn Sissay reading to the music of Baaba Maal on 3 July; a performance on 4 July by Grammy Award-winning composer and multi-instrumentalist Taj Mahal; and talks on 4 July by Somalian author Nuruddin Farah, and Noo Saro-Wiwa and Chika Unigwe on the complexities of Nigeria (3 – 28 July 2012).

 

Britain Creates 2012: Fashion & Art Collusion is aseries of collaborations between iconic British designers and leading contemporary artists which will go on show at the V&A. The pairings include: Giles Deacon and Jeremy Deller; Hussein Chalayan and Gavin Turk; Jonathan Saunders and Jess Flood-Paddock; Mary Katrantzou and Mark Titchner; Matthew Williamson and Mat Collishaw; Nicholas Kirkwood and Simon Periton; Paul Smith and Charming Baker; Peter Pilotto and Francis Upritchard; and Stephen Jones and Cerith Wyn Evans. The initiative is led by the British Fashion Council/Bazaar Fashion Arts Foundation in partnership with the Mayor of London (6 – 29 July 2012).

 

The Sacred Truce Project: The Ripple Effect, a new production by playwright Ursula RaniSarma, is inspired by the theme of the Olympic Truce. Ursula Rani Sarmiworked with young people from across the UK to create five short pieces fortheatre, which will be performed at eight theatres in England and Scotland. The season is presented by the Ambassador Theatre Group from 6 July to 2 September, and the first performance takes place at the Regent Theatre in Stoke-on-Trent (6 July 2012).

 

Cape Farewell, pioneers of the cultural response to climate change, present their Sea Change Project, a special four-year programme about people and places across Scotland’s western and northern islands. Drawing on the experience of island and coastal communities threatened by climate change, international and UK-based poets, storytellers, musicians,artists and filmmakers will ‘translate’ contemporary and traditional stories into new forms, and pass them in digital relay from island to island and across the mainland echoing the journey of the Olympic Flame. The digital narratives are on display at art and heritage centres on the Scottish islands, and at venues in Glasgow, Edinburgh, London and Weymouth (until 30 September). 

Adam Jacobs Big Dance at Burdett Coutts Primary School
Adam Jacobs Big Dance at Burdett Coutts Primary School

Other major highlights taking place on the third week of the London 2012 Festival:

Gilberto Gil, the iconic South-American singer-songwriter, is joined by the London Symphony Orchestra and conductor François-Xavier Roth for an evening performance at the Barbican, featuring new arrangements by Jaques Morelenbaum of works by Gil alongside music originating from and influenced by his beloved Brazil (4 July 2012).

 

Ha Ha Hackney at Hackney Empire celebrates the 66 years of comedy between the 1948 and 2012 Olympic Games with a season running until 9 September of shows, films, and exhibitions showcasing the most exciting eras of British Comedy. On 8 July, the Hackney Empire presents GayExtravaganza, hosted by Sandi Toksvig and Stephen K. Amos, and  directed by Susie McKenna. With performances by some of the country’s top LGBT comedians and guest stars, footage from the BFI National Archive, a fabulous drag chorus line and show stopping numbers – this show will be a highlight of World Pride month (8 July 2012).

 

MACROPOLIS is an animated film created by Joel Simon, which centres on a group of misshapen toy figurines who attempt to escape from their factory when they realise they are destined to the waste bin. The film is an unusual combination of stop motion, CGi and time-lapse photography, withreal-life locations shot on the streets of Belfast. MACROPOLIS has been commissioned as part of UNLIMITED, the UK’s largest programme celebrating arts, culture and sport by deaf and disabled people. It premieres on the Live Site Big Screen in Belfast on 8 July, followed by screenings at the Interactive Discovery Centre W5 at Odyssey in Belfast from 9 July as well as other venues including London’s Southbank Centre in August and September (8 July – 9 September 2012).

 

World Shakespeare Festival celebrates the global appeal of William Shakespeare with an unprecedented collaboration of leading UK and international arts organisations, produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company. Performances and events scheduled for the third week of the London 2012 Festival include: Tunisian theatre company Artistes, Producteurs, Associes’s production Macbeth: Leila and Ben – A Bloody History, which combines Shakespeare with film and reportage (4 – 7 July 2012, LIFT at Riverside Studios); West Side Story, a full-scale production of the 20th century music-theatre masterpiece seen anew through 21st century eyes, with Will Tuckett creating its first wholly new choreography (4 – 7 July 2012, Sage Gateshead); and A Soldier In Every Son: The Rise of the Aztecs, a new play about the intrigue of acentury of Aztec civilisation and closely inspired by Shakespeare’s history plays by Luis Mario Moncada, one of Mexico’s leading playwrights, in collaboration with the National Theatre of Mexico (29 June – 28 July 2012).

 

Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch: World Cities 2012 is an unprecedented season of 10 works by one of the most influential choreographers in dance, Pina Bausch. The month-long season closes with performances at Sadler’s Wells of Palermo Palermo (1 – 2 July 2012) and Wiesenland (8 – 9 July 2012). The international co-productions explore 10 global cities spanning Kolkata to São Paulo, Los Angeles to Istanbul, seven of which are UK premieres (until 9 July 2012).

 

Tall Tales from the Riverbanks is a one-off series of ten live pop-up comedy gigs and other digital events broadcast online for the banks of Britain’s canals, presented by Pleasance.  The comedy relay began on 28 June 2012 in London, and will journey to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe via Oxford, Stone, Manchester and Glasgow, providing a showcase for Britain’s comedy talent as they explore the weird and wonderful quirks of the waterways. Comedians taking part include Reginald D. Hunter, Cardinal Burns, Sam Simmons, Jarred Christmas, Andre Vincent, Tim FitzHigham, JustinMoorhouse, The Idiots of Ants and more. This coming week, gigs will be performed at the Henley Festival on 5 July, and at The Boathouse in Wallingford on 9 July (until 27 August 2012).

 

Games Time, an Olympic-inspired outdoor stage show, combines music, dance, video, and fireworks, and is set in Northampton’s Delapre Park. The free celebration brings together 100 local performers with leading artists from the fields of contemporary dance, large-scale costume making and pyrotechnics, and features four teams taking part in a battle set on a giant games board (7 July 2012).

 

Carnival Crossroads East Bound is an all-day celebration of English history and culture through the global art of carnival. Carnival Crossroads brings together local artists, community groups and schools from five towns in Eastern England for a carnival parade featuring a 500-strong band, 10 carnival kings and queens, music, dance and floats. Part of the Love Luton 2012 Festival, this is the last location of the Olympic Torch Relay before it leaves the East of England (8 July 2012).

 

Secrets: Hidden London offers the opportunity to discover some of London’s amazing hidden gems as leading artists and cultural institutions transform the city’s lesser-known landscapes including canals, lidos and parkland, with dance, opera and specially created installations. On show during the week of 2 July is Like a Fish Out of Water, a production at Uxbridge Lido that blends site-specific performance and handheld video technology (5 – 14 July 2012); and Nothing is Set in Stone, a monolithic installation set in Fairlop Waters by award winning artist-composer Mira Calix (until 9 September 2012).

 

Frieze Projects East features a series of new contemporary art commissions in East London’s public spaces across six Host Boroughs for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Programmed by Frieze Foundation, Frieze Projects East features artists: Can Altay, Sarnath Banerjee, Anthea Hamilton and Nick Byrne, Ruth Ewan, Gary Webb and Klaus Weber.  Sarnath Bennerjee’s project is the first to be unveiled, with posters, billboards, hoardings and local newspapers throughout the host boroughs filled with theartist’s bold graphic illustrations. His humorous narratives draw on the history of competitive sport, from the personal to the universal, and the local to the international (25 June – 31 August 2012).

 

Wendy Ramshaw: Rooms of Dreams is a solo exhibition of one of Britain’s leading contemporary designers, Wendy Ramshaw, renowned for her jewellery and distinctive, large scale public art. Taking place at Ruthin Craft Centre, Wales, the exhibition will exhibit key pieces spanning the past fifty years of heracclaimed career with the centrepiece being the magical environment Room of Dreams, in which jewellery and other objects are inspired by stories and the world of the imagination (7 July – 9 September 2012).

 

Sacrilege is Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller’s life-size inflatable replica of Stonehenge, an interactive outdoor installation and fully operational bouncy castle for adults and children alike. Deller’s playful artwork is popping up at venues around the country including Priory Park, Southend on Sea on 4 July; Flag Fen, Peterborough on 7 July; and Yorkshire SculpturePark, Wakefield on 11 July (until 9 September 2012).

 

Adain Avion – Welsh interdisciplinary artist Marc Rees takes a mobile art space made from a transformed DC-9 airplane on a tour around Wales in one of the twelve UK Arts Councils’ Artists Taking The Lead commissions. He is working with contemporary artists and local community groups to produce over 150 cultural activities that reflect the distinctive history and culture of each area, providing a succession of unique snapshots of Welsh culture. Adain Avion is on display at The Works, Ebbw Vale (1 to 7 July 2012), and Venue Cymru, Llandudno (8 to 14 July 2012).

 

A Hansel of Film – Shetland to Southampton and Back is a UK wide relay of screenings of short films made by the public, presented by Mark Kermode and Linda Ruth Williams. The project takes films made by Shetlanders and others to twenty-four screenings around the country, hand delivered by volunteer relay runners. It will culminate in a marathon screening of over 100 short films at Shetland’s annual film festival, Screenplay, in September. Upcoming screenings are taking place at the Pop-Up Cinema on Parker’s Piece in Cambridge on 7 July, Aldeburgh Cinema in Aldeburgh on 8 July and Kino Hawkhurst in Kent on 9 July (until 7 September 2012).

 

Ruth Mackenzie, Director, Cultural Olympiad and London 2012 Festival, said: “Three lidos, two car parks, two barges, two Stonehenges, but only one zoo so far – they’re all competing to be the most popular unusual place for the commissions of the London 2012 Festival.”

Everyone will be able to join in the celebration with over 10 million free 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.

Choreographer Wayne McGregor at the Royal Opera House in London.
Choreographer Wayne McGregor at the Royal Opera House in London.
For Arts. Photograph : Linda Nylind.

Listings for London 2012 Festival for the week beginning 2 July 2012:

Art, Design & Exhibitions

UK wide

•         Sacrilege – Jeremy Deller (21 Jun – 9 Sep 2012), UK wide tour

•         Imagine Peace – Yoko Ono (19 Jun – 9 Sep 2012), London 2012 Live Sites

London

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

•         Britain Creates 2012: Fashion + Art Collusion (6 Jul – 29 Jul 2012), Victoria and Albert Museum, London

•         Coral: Rekindling Venus (7 Jun – 6 Jul 2012), Peter Harrison Planetarium, London

•         Damien Hirst (4 Apr – 9 Sep 2012), Tate Modern, London

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

•         Design the Extraordinary – Heatherwick Studio (31 May – 30 Sep 2012), V & A London

•         Frieze Projects East (25 Jun – 31 Aug 2012), multiple venues, London

•         Government Art Collection at the Whitechapel Gallery (19 Jun – 9 Sep 2012), Whitechapel Gallery, 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

•         Sea Change: Things Unspoken – Cape Farewell (24 May – 13 Jul 2012), Royal Society of British Sculptors, London

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

•         The English Flower Garden – Paul Cummins (4 Jun – 26 Aug), Cromwell Green, House of Parliament, London

•         To The Light – Yoko Ono (19 Jun – 9 Sep 2012), Serpentine Gallery, London

•         Whitechapel Gallery Commission – Rachel Whiteread (From 14 June 2012), Whitechapel Gallery, London

•         Yinka Shonibare (From 21 June 2012), Royal Opera House, London

South of England

•         Ballast Seed Garden – Maria Thereza Alves (21 Jun – 9 Sep 2012), Floating Harbour (North side), Bristol

•         Cass Sculpture Foundation – Tony Cragg (1 Sep – 25 Nov 2012), Exhibition Road, London

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

•         Exercise (Djibouti) 2012 – John Gerrard (7 – 29 Jul 2012), The Old Power Station, Oxford

•         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), Temple Meads and Temple Quay, Bristol

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

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

•         The English Flower Garden – Paul Cummins (5 Jun – 17 Sep 2012), Blenheim Palace, Oxford

•         Unlimited Global Alchemy – Rachel Gadsden (23 Jun – 18 Aug 2012), Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Cambridge

•         Untrue Island (8 – 30 Jul 2012), Orford Ness, Suffolk

Midlands

•         Aftergold (4 Jun – 3 Jul 2012), Loughborough University Campus, Leicestershire

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

North of England

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

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

•         Throw Them Up and Let Them Sing (28 Jun – 18 Aug 2012), Hatton Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne

•         The End of Civilisation – Douglas Gordon (5 – 6 Jul 2012), Tyne Theatre, Newcastle upon Tyne

•         The English Flower Garden – Paul Cummins (1 Jun – 31 Aug 2012) Castle Howard, York

•         Trade Secrets – Humble Market (23 Jun – 26 Aug 2012), FACT, Liverpool

Wales

•         Adain Avion – Marc Rees (24 Jun – 12 Aug 2012), multiple venues, Wales

•         Making Triangles – Richard La Trobe-Bateman (7 Jul – 9 Sep 2012), Ruthin Craft Centre, Ruthin

•         Room of Dreams – Wendy Ramshaw (7 Jul – 9 Sep 2012), Ruthin Craft Centre, Ruthin

Northern Ireland

•         Draw Down the Walls – Oscar Muñoz (9 Jul – 4 Aug 2012), Crumlin Road/Flax Street Interface, Belfast

•         Godot Tree – Antony Gormley (2 Jul – 27 Aug 2012), The Grand Yard at Castle Coole, Enniskillen

•         The Screaming Silence of the Wind – Maurice Orr (18 Jun -3 Aug 2012) Great Hall, Stormont, Belfast

 

Comedy

London

•         Ha Ha Hackney – GayExtravaganza Homo Of Comedy 2012! (8 Jul 2012), Hackney Empire, London

South of England

•         Tales of the Riverbank Comedy Barge (5 Jul 2012), Henley Festival, Henley-on-Thames

•         Tales of the Riverbank Comedy Barge (5 Jul 2012), The Boathouse, Wallingford

big dance
Big Dance Photograph : Kois Miah

Dance

UK wide

•         Big Dance (7 – 15 Jul 2012), venues nationwide

•         Big Dance 2012 – Big Dance Shorts (7 – 15 Jul 2012), Channel 4 and Pop-Up Cinemas, UK wide

London

•         Big Dance 2012 – Official Launch (5 Jul 2012), St Pancras International Station, London

•         Big Dance 2012 – Akademi Arts in Parliament (5 Jul 2012), Palace of Westminster, London

•         Big Dance 2012 – Big Dance Bus (18 May – 15 Jul 2012), Across London

•         Big Dance 2012 – Big Dance Big Top Tent (5 – 9 Jul 2012), Old Royal Naval College, London

•         Big Dance 2012 – Big Youth Dance Weekend (7 – 8 Jul 2012), The Scoop at More London, London

•         Big Dance 2012 – Dance Holland Park (7 Jul 2012), Old Royal Naval College, London

•         Big Dance 2012 – Dance in Focus (25 Jun – 15 Jul 2012), City Hall, London

•         Big Dance 2012 – Morris and Maypole (7 – 8 Jul 2012), Gardens of Kensington Palace, London

•         Big Dance 2012 – Land: The Making Space Performance (7 Jul 2012), Morden Hall Park, London

•         Big Dance 2012 Picnic at the Horniman Museum (8 Jul 2012), Horniman Museum, London

•         Leaving Limbo Landing – Caroline Bowditch (7 Jul 2012), London Fields, London

•         Secrets: Hidden London – Like a Fish out of Water (5 – 7 Jul 2012)  – Uxbridge Lido, London

•         Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch: World Cities 2012 – Palermo Palermo (1 – 2 Jul 2012), Sadler’s Wells, London

•         Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch: World Cities 2012 – Wiesenland (8 – 9 Jul 2012), Sadler’s Wells, London

South of England

•         Big Dance 2012 – Hat Fair (6 – 8 Jul 2012), City Centre, Winchester

•         Big Dance 2012 Norfolk Long Dance (8 Jul 2012), St George’s Street, Norwich

•         Big Dance 2012 – Spiegeltent (1 – 14 Jul 2012), Christchurch Park, Ipswich

•         Big Dance 2012 at The Big Weekend (7 – 8 Jul 2012), Parkers Piece, Cambridge

•         Big Dance 2012 – The Ragroof Players: Ragroof Tea (6 Jul 2012), The Forum, Norwich

•         Big Dance 2012 – Time Gentleman Please (7 – 14 Jul 2012), Regional tour

•         Big Dance 2012 – Urban Moves (7 – 13 Jul 2012), multiple venues, Swindon Town Centre

•         Big Dance 2012 – Woking World (7 Jul 2012), Woking Park, Woking

Midlands

•         Big Dance 2012 – Follow the Light (2 Jul 2012), Leicester

•         Big Dance 2012 – Splashdance Weekend (7 – 8 Jul 2012), National Water Sports Centre, Nottingham

North of England 

•         Big Dance 2012 – DAZL Big Dance Marathon (7 Jul 2012), South Leeds Youth Hub, Leeds

•         Big Dance 2012 – The Big Tea Dance (8 Jul 2012), Town Square, Doncaster

•         Spill – a Playground of Dance (4 – 8 Jul 2012), Parks across Barnsley, Yorkshire

Scotland

•         Big Dance 2012 –Big Dance Hunt (7 – 8 Jul 2012), Across the city, Aberdeen

•         Big Dance 2012 – Big Dance Aberdeen Showcase (5 Jul 2012), His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen

•         Big Dance 2012 – Salsa Street Party (6 Jul 2012), Inverness

•         Big Dance 2012 – Salsa Street Party (7 Jul 2012), Portree, Isle of Sky

•         Big Dance 2012 – Salsa Street Party (8 Jul 2012), Aviemore

 

Film, Broadcast & Digital

UK wide

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

•         A Running Jump – Mike Leigh (24 Jun – 9 Sep 2012), Picturehouse Cinemas, UK wide

•         Film National Shorts Online (21 Jun – 9 Sep 2012), Online and Live Sites, UK wide

•         Ping Pong: Never Too Old For Gold (6 Jul 2012 onwards), Cinemas and online, UK wide

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

•         StoryCloud (18 Jun – 9 Sep 2012), Online, UK wide

•         The Odyssey – Asif Kapadia (24 Jun – 9 Sep 2012), Picture House Cinemas, UK wide

•         The Swimmer – Lynne Ramsay (24 Jun – 9 Sep 2012), Picturehouse Cinemas, UK Wide

•         What If – Max Giwa and Dania Pasquini (24 Jun – 9 Sep 2012), Picturehouse Cinemas, UK wide

London

•         The Genius of Hitchcock – Blackmail (6 Jul 2012), British Museum, London

•         The Itch of the Golden Nit (7 Jul 2012), Picturehouse Cinemas, Greenwich, London

South of England

•         A Hansel of Film – Shetland to Southampton and back (7 Jul 2012), Parker’s Piece, Cambridge

•         A Hansel of Film – Shetland to Southampton and back (8 Jul 2012), Aldeburgh Cinema, Aldeburgh

•         The Itch of the Golden Nit (7 Jul 2012), Picturehouse Cinemas, Stratford Upon Avon

Wales

•         Turning Points – Chris Tally Evans (6 Jul 2012), Elan Valley Visitor Centre, Powys

Northern Ireland

•         MACROPOLIS (8 Jul 2012), Live Site Big Screen, Belfast

 

Museums & Heritage

London

•         The London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games Medals (until 9 Sep 2012), British Museum, London

•         Universe of Sound: The Planets – Philharmonia Orchestra (23 May – 8 Jul 2012), Science 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 2012), Colchester Castle Museum, Colchester

•         World Stories – Young Voices (From 23 June 2012), Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, Brighton

North of England

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

 

Music

London

•         Africa Utopia – Baaba Maal (3 – 28 Jul 2012), Southbank Centre, London

•         Damon Albarn’s Dr Dee (25 Jun – 7 Jul 2012), London Coliseum, London

•         Dawn at Galamanta – Christian Lindberg (6 Jul 2012), Guildhall, London

•         Gilberto Gil with the London Symphony Orchestra (4 Jul 2012), Barbican, London

•         Les Troyens (The Trojans) (25 Jun – 11 Jul 2012), Royal Opera House, London

•         Nothing Is Set In Stone – SECRETS: Hidden London (21 Jun – 9 Sep 2012), Fairlop Waters, Barkingside, London

•         Ring Round the World – English Pocket Opera Company (2 – 6 Jul 2012), The Pleasance Theatre, Islington, London

•         Urban Classic (5 Jul 2012), Waltham Forest Town Hall Complex, London

•         With One Voice – Streetwise Opera (2 Jul 2012), Royal Opera House, London

South of England

•         Ring Round the World – English Pocket Opera Company (2 Jul 2012), Comberton Village College, Cambridge

  • Ring Round the World – English Pocket Opera Company (3 – 4 Jul 2012), West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge

 

Outdoor & Carnival

London

•         Rio Occupation London (6 Jul – 4 Aug 2012), Various venues, London

•         Watch this Space Commissions – National Theatre  (1 Jun – 9 Sep 2012), National Theatre, London

South of England

•         Carnival Crossroads East Bound (8 Jul 2012), Luton

•         Sparks Will Fly – Walk The Plank  (6 Jul 2012), Hylands Park, Chelmsford

•         The Boat Project – Lone Twin (5 Jul – 11 Aug 2012), Venues across the south of England

•         The Caucus Race at Merton Fields (8 Jul 2012), Christ Church Meadow, Oxford

 

Poetry & Storytelling

UK Wide

•         Summer Reading Challenge 2012 – StoryLab (14 Jul – 10 Sep 2012), UK wide

London

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

South of England

•         Rochester’s Ripping Story Loom (21 Jun – 9 Sep 2012) The Story Museum, Oxford

 

Theatre & Performance

UK Wide

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

London

•         Crow – Handspring UK (18 Jun – 7 Jul 2012), The Borough Hall at Greenwich Dance, London

•         en route (26 Jun – 21 Jul 2012), Theatre Royal Stratford East, London

•         Gatz – Elevator Repair Service (8 Jun – 15 Jul 2012), Noel Coward Theatre, London

•         Get Stuff Break Free – Made In China (25 Jun – 4 Jul 2012), National Theatre, London

•         Henry V – Globe to Globe (8 Jun – 26 Aug 2012), Shakespeare’s Globe, London

•         Macbeth: Leïla and Ben – A Bloody History – Artistes, Producteurs, Associés  (4 – 7 Jul 2012), LIFT at Riverside Studios, London

•         National Shake the Dust Weekend (5 – 7 Jul 2012), Southbank Centre, London

•         The Comedy of Errors – Royal Shakespeare Company (1 Jun – 4 Jul 2012), Roundhouse, London

•         The Dark Side of Love – Renato Rocha (26 Jun – 8 Jul 2012), Roundhouse London

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

•         The Pop-Up Workshop – National Theatre Inside Out (1 Jun – 9 Sep 2012), London

•         The Tempest – Royal Shakespeare Company (9 Jun – 5 Jul 2012), Roundhouse, London

•         Twelfth Night – Royal Shakespeare Company (5 Jun – 5 Jul 2012), Roundhouse, London

•         you’ll see [me sailing in antarctica] – non zero one (6 – 15 Jul 2012) National Theatre, London

South of England

•         How Like An Angel – Circa & I Fagiolini (2 – 3 Jul 2012), Ely Cathedral, Ely

•         The Crash of The Elysium – Punchdrunk (15 Jun – 8 Jul 2012), Crown Car Park, Ipswich

Midlands

•         A Soldier in Every Son: The Rise of the Aztecs (29 Jun – 28 Jul 2012), Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

•         Festival of Chaos – Hedda Gabler (6 – 28 Jul 2012), Royal & Derngate, Northampton

•         Games Time (7 Jul 2012), Delapre Park, Northampton

•         I, Cinna (The Poet) – Royal Shakespeare Company (13 Jun – 6 Jul 2012), Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

•         Julius Caesar – Royal Shakespeare Company (28 May – 7 Jul 2012), Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

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

•         Squidsoup: Living Walls (21 Apr – 9 Sep 2012), Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

•         Stan’s Café: Of All the People In All The World (14 Apr – 31 Jul 2012), Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-Upon-Avon

•         The Adventure of the Missing Manuscript – The House of Fairy Tales (2 Jul – 2 Sep 2012), Stratford-upon-Avon

•         The Poor Trash of Venice (3 – 4 July 2012), Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-Upon-Avon

•         The Sacred Truce Project: The Ripple Effect (6 Jul 2012), Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent

North of England

•         Absurd Person Singular – Alan Ayckbourn (8 Jun – 13 Oct 2012), Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

•         Mad Gyms and Kitchens – Bobby Baker (7 Jul 2012), St Bartholemews Church, Sheffield

•         The Giant and The Bear (29 Jun – 8 Jul 2012), West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

•         West Side Story (4 – 7 Jul 2012), The Sage Gateshead

Scotland

•         Mikey and Addie – Imaginate (22 Jun – 5 Jul 2012), multiple venues, Scotland

Wales

•         Devoted and Disgruntled Roadshow (7 July 2012), Pontio at John Phillips Hall, Bangor 

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