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McCausland welcomes London 2012 Festival announcement

Sports and Arts Minister, Nelson McCausland, today welcomed the announcement that three events will take place in Northern Ireland as part of the London 2012 Festival.
Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Leading artists from all over the world will come together in 2012 for what will be the UK’s biggest ever arts festival which will last for 12 weeks.

Organised by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Parlaympic Games (LOCOG), the cultural celebration will be a chance for everyone to celebrate London 2012.

Welcoming the announcement, Minister McCausland said: “Once again Northern Ireland will have the opportunity to display its artistic talents and contribute to leaving a lasting legacy for the arts. So far Northern Ireland will be hosting three out of the 27 events scheduled for the festival and everyone can join in and use the power of dance, music, theatre, the visual arts, film and digital innovation and join in the national celebrations.”

The festival is the finale of the annual Cultural Olympiad and since 2008 over 130,000 people have participated in over 150 Cultural Olympiad activities in Northern Ireland.

The Minister continued: "The three Northern Ireland events that have been announced are a film project, a coastal art project, and Peace One Day concert in Londonderry, which will officially open the festival. It is fitting that Londonderry will stage this concert as it will form part of the Olympic legacy as we look towards the 2013 UK City of Culture celebrations, which is another great coup for Northern Ireland. I look forward to hearing about more events and commissions in the coming months.”

The festival will open on 21 June 2012 and run until the last day of the Paralympic Games on 9 September 2012.

Notes to editors

  1. For further information on these events contact Cian Smyth, Northern Ireland London 2012 Creative Programmer on 028 9038 5273.
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