The UK Invites Middle East Visitors To Celebrate London 2012 With 12-Week Nationwide Festival

Wednesday 23 November 2011

Music, theatre, dance, art, film and fashion has launched the programme for the London 2012 Festival, a spectacular 12-week nationwide celebration bringing together leading artists from across the world with the very best from the UK, opening on Midsummer’s Day 21 June and running until 9 September 2012.

Damon Albarn, Alan Ayckbourn, Daniel Barenboim, Cate Blanchett, Martin Creed, Gustavo Dudamel, Tracey Emin, Damien Hirst, David Hockney, Jude Law, Mike Leigh, Leona Lewis, Baaba Maal, Wynton Marsalis, Wayne McGregor, Stella McCartney, Toni Morrison, Yoko Ono, Simon Rattle, Mark Rylance, Paul Smith, Meera Syal, Ridley Scott, Rufus Wainwright and Vivienne Westwood are just a few of the top names that will entertain the crowds during the nationwide 12-week festival.

London 2012 Festival opens with a burst of events all over the country on Midsummer’s Day highlighted by a series of spectacular concerts.

In Northern Ireland, Peace One Day founder Jeremy Gilley and Ambassador Jude Law will mark the three-month countdown to Peace Day 2012 with an all-star concert in Derry/Londonderry.

In Scotland, the Big Concert with Venezualan superstar, Gustavo Dudamel and the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra will present a spectacular open-air concert set against the backdrop of Scotland’s Stirling Castle.

There will be more than 10 million chances to see free London 2012 Festival events throughout the UK including BBC Radio 1 Hackney Weekend 2012, a celebration of live music and BBC Radio 1’s biggest-ever, free live music event. With six stages and more than 80 international and UK artists, bands and DJs, confirmed acts include Hackney’s own superstar, Leona Lewis, and Brit Award-winning Plan B.

Carol Maddison, Manager, UAE, VisitBritain, said: “The quality of entertainers lined up shows the Festival’s commitment to world-class artists and reflects the true value of the event in this Olympic year.”

The London 2012 Festival is the finale of the Cultural Olympiad. Since the Cultural Olympiad started in 2008, over 16 million people all over the UK have participated in or attended performances as part of Cultural Olympiad programmes inspired by London 2012 and funded by our principal funders and sponsors. Over 169,000 people have attended more than 8,300 workshops as part of the Cultural Olympiad programmes.

For information on how to access tickets, including free tickets, people are encouraged to sign up to the London 2012 Festival website www.london2012.com/festival.

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VisitBritain Media Team

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Dancers auditioning for London2012 Ceremonies
Dancers auditioning for London2012 Ceremonies
London 2012 Festival: Damien Hirst