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
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.
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.
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.
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.