Cultural programmes run alongside Rugby League World Cup

The Rugby League World Cup (RLWC2013) takes place in 21 host venues across England, Wales, France and Ireland, 17 of which are in the North West and Yorkshire regions. The tournament aims to build on the Cultural Olympiad legacy extending its scope and scale while strengthening the links between sport and dance. Continue reading

6th Biennial Isan Conference Wed 20/Thurs 21 Nov 2013

The ISAN Biennial Conference is the must-attend event for all those involved in outdoor arts, from artists, artist companies, programmers, producers, festivals, carnivals through to suppliers, to come together, to network, create opportunities and be inspired. Continue reading

The North West has a growing reputation as a cultural tourism destination

Last year’s Cultural Olympiad events and activities across the region acted as a catalyst for cultural tourism. Events like The Moment When in Cheshire, Lakes Alive in Cumbria, Blaze and Preston Guild with WE PLAY Expo in Lancashire, and Sacrilege – Jeremy Deller’s inflatable Stonehenge – appearing in both Preston and Oldham raised the profile of the places where they were happening and brought them national and international attention. The cultural offer in the North West of England has never been stronger. Continue reading

Lubaina Himid talk at Harris Museum & Gallery, Preston

Photo ©Denise Swanson of painting by Lubaina Himid

On the 25th October at 1pm in the Watercolour Gallery the Harris Museum & Art Gallery will host a lunchtime talk by Lubaina Himid in which she will discuss her latest archive intervention and curatorial project.

Cultural Olympiad in the North West: Arts Council England podcast

Debbi Lander, Creative Programmer for the Cultural Olympiad in the North West, talks to Laura Simms-Luddington from Arts Council England about the exciting work in the region over the last four years of the Cultural Olympiad. Find out more about the programme in the North West here. The closing celebration for the Cultural Olympiad in the North West will be the WE PLAY Expo.

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We Play Expo & Preston City Guild Festival

Welcome to the North West’s closing celebration for London 2012 at the Preston City Guild Festival.

The final weekend has arrived and we are here to say goodbye to a historic event, saluting the world’s largest mega sporting competition. Medals have been won and lost, world records achieved and new friends made along the way. A cultural festival like London 2012 lingers in the memory because it ends. Now is the time for the North West to celebrate how well we played.

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Winning Words – Artists Brief

Background

The Dukes, supported by Litfest, are working with Winning Words and the Forward Arts Foundation on a poetry project connected to the Olympics.  Lancaster is one of only seven towns and cities chosen for this project from across the UK (www.winningwordspoetry.com)

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Cultural Olympiad and London 2012 Festival

The London 2012 Cultural Olympiad is a nationwide programme of the UK’s best arts and culture, running alongside the Games. With more than 10 million free opportunities to get involved, it is the largest cultural celebration in history of the modern Olympic and Paralympic movement. The programme, which has been running since 2008, culminates in London 2012 Festival, a spectacular celebration which will run from 21 September to 9 June 2012.

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Loop the Loop to kick off the North West’s Olympic celebrations

People of all ages from across the North West are being invited to take an Olympic-inspired cultural journey from Old Trafford Stadium in Manchester to The Quays in Salford this Saturday, 19 May. The free event will see the area around Old Trafford and The Quays transformed – linking culture and sport and London 2012 to the North West as part of the cultural Olympiad programme in the region.

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