From Shetland via Stirling to Selkirk, Scotland will host a once-in-a-lifetime concert, outstanding theatre for children, a filmic/celluloid dip in the UK’s wild waterways and a celestial soundscape inspired by the curves of a city museum in the summer of 2012 for the London 2012 Festival.
London 2012 and Creative Scotland today unveiled many of the London 2012 Festival events taking place in Scotland between Midsummer's Day, 21 June 2012, and the last day of the Paralympic Games on 9 September 2012.
Scotland’s London 2012 Festival programme, which is the culmination of the Cultural Olympiad, is part of a programme of events happening across the UK celebrating the huge range, quality and accessibility of the UK’s world-class culture, and giving the opportunity for people to celebrate the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Today’s launch featured one of the easiest ways to participate. Turner Prize-winning artist and musician Martin Creed invites the people of Scotland to join in with All the Bells, a project which encourages people across the UK to rings bells as loudly and quickly as they can at 8.00am on 27 July 2012 to welcome the 205 competing nations on the first day of the Games. Martin Creed joined Chair of the Cultural Olympiad Board Tony Hall, Cultural Olympiad & London 2012 Festival Director Ruth Mackenzie and the children of Big Noise Orchestra at St Andrew’s and St George’s Church in Edinburgh to ring bells to encourage people to sign up to be part of the work.
Ruth Mackenzie, Director of the Cultural Olympiad and London 2012 Festival said: "The programme for London 2012 Festival will deliver once in a lifetime cultural experiences for audiences across Scotland during the summer of 2012. We are excited by the spread and ambition of the projects, from events in Shetlands, the Hebrides and other islands, to a special site specific performance by American stars Kronos Quartet at Glasgow’s Riverside Museum, to a tour across northern Scotland of two wonderful new theatre works for young people commissioned by Imaginate.
"Opening the London 2012 Festival in Scotland in the shadow of Stirling Castle will be the world famous Gustavo Dudamel and his Simon Bolivar Orchestra playing with the children of Raploch to open the London 2012 Festival. The whole London 2012 Festival programme will be announced in April and aims to build the legacy to 2014 and beyond."