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The final weekend of London 2012 has arrived and we are here to say goodbye to an 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 timely occurrence of the Guild Year in Olympic Year opened a window for London 2012 in the North West to join together with Preston Guild to create an environment where London 2012 fans, Preston Guilders, local residents and visitors can connect. Legacy Trust UK, Preston City Council and Arts Council England made that dream possible. WE PLAY Expo concludes the fouryear Cultural Olympiad, the London 2012 Games and Preston Guild 2012 and invites their legacies to grow. We hope you enjoy this unprecedented and once in a lifetime Olympic Guild event. Debbi Lander and Stella Hall Artistic Directors of WE PLAY Expo

We would love to hear your feedback about WE PLAY Expo, please visit, tinyurl.com/WPExpo and tell us what you thought.

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ABOUT WE PLAY Expo is a global celebration of the play culture. Play transcends art and sport, engaging us in creativity and invention across all fields. Every human being is a great player. Through play we can all progress. The term WE PLAY is a call to arms and the North West’s message to the world at the end of these Games. Inspired by the great World Fairs of the twentieth century, WE PLAY Expo dares to transcend unconventional contours and heights. Celebrated artists, digital inventors and young people push the boundaries of their craft, displaying their playful creations for London 2012 at a single site for the first time and for the end of the Games.

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Designed to reveal the modernity and progressiveness of the cultural landscape in the North West, the WE PLAY Expo programme boasts many firsts, from new international collaborations and regional festivals to technological breakthroughs and cultural icons. We have our very own Olympic Village in Miller Park. The three Cultural Olympiad programmes of Abandon Normal Devices, Blaze and Lakes Alive end their 2012 journey together here in Preston. The events of Blaze Festival, The Humble Market, Mobile Republic and On the Night Shift are markers of their creative endeavour over the four years of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.

Our programme includes the play inspired documentary film Why We Play by filmmaker Mike Todd and the two legacy exhibitions, Moments that Matter and Emoto which give the inside track on the 2012 Games. We are also proud to present Handprint 2012, a piece of art made out of the handprints of people in the North West who took part in London 2012 events.

WE PLAY Expo forms part of the North West’s cultural legacy programme for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and is funded by Legacy Trust UK an independent charity creating a lasting cultural legacy from the London 2012 Games by funding ideas and local talent to inspire creativity in communities across the UK.

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DIGITAL 2012 Make your mark on the digital Games

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WE PLAY Expo has responded to London 2012 being the digital Games, bringing you a series of new artworks which showcases digital invention in art. The Abandon Normal Devices festival invites you to experience The Humble Market, a real time digital performance between Preston and Brazil, and Mobile Republic, a collection of five touring digital caravans with artists on board to entertain you with food, film and fascinating ideas. These works reflect the Abandon Normal Devices focus on artists experimenting, setting ambitious parameters and evolving artworks over time. Alongside these are Emoto, a pioneering data art sculpture display of the worldwide mood about London 2012 and Handprint 2012, a massive interactive projection made out of handprints on a bridge.

Take the digital trail through WE PLAY Expo and be inspired by digital inventors from across Europe, the UK and the North West. Log in to the #media2012 hub in Miller Park to contribute to the citizen newswire for the London 2012 Games.

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blaze festival Join in as young producers take the lead In accordance with tradition of the Olympic and Paralympic Games and reflecting the London 2012 focus on the youth of the world, WE PLAY Expo launches Blaze Festival, an explosive new festival of music, performance and urban art, featuring work from local and global artists across three stages. Join the next generation of creative producers in a diverse and dynamic artistic programme with plenty of opportunities to join in, including master classes and workshops from some of the North West’s best urban athletes and artists and an ambitious participatory dance performance led by Geraldine Pilgrim. Blaze Festival is programmed by a team of ambitious and creative young producers aged 16 to 21 from across the North West in a regional co-production between Blaze and Brighter Sound, supported by Preston Guild, commissioned by WE PLAY Expo. Blaze is a partnership project led by Lancashire County Council with Blackpool Council and Creative Lancashire and is funded by Legacy Trust UK and Arts Council England.

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Saturday 8 September has an urban flavour with Estate Recordings, home to some of the UK’s hottest hip hop talent, presenting Skittles Live Band with live PA by Strategy from Broke ‘n’ £nglish. Throughout the day Spearfish present Urban Culture Jam including live demos and workshops in free running, skateboarding, graffiti art and urban dance, culminating in the premiere of The Chase, a performance devised by Infinite Flow Parkour with Company Fierce. Sunday 9 September iconic Manchester Quartet Kid British head up the music line supported by Natives and The Colours. Bandstand Marathon brings together musicians from across the North West, featuring The Riot Jazz Brass Band and Blaze’s very own unique hip-hop/jazz collective the Boom Bike Big Band. In the Spiegeltent Geraldine Pilgrim presents a specially commissioned version of Handbag for Blaze Festival

and Villmore James brings boxing, music, dance and film together to present Punchline. Throughout the weekend you can relax to chilled out beats and acoustic sets in the Blaze Lounge, which is also home to Blaze Bloggers who will be in conversation with artists and performers. You’ll also find visual art activities to inspire and delight, including ‘Sit and Knit’ and extraordinary hair art from Osadia. Plus Street Quest offers you the chance to take part in a new interactive street game around Preston and become a time traveler for the day. For the latest schedule, download the Blaze Festival app for your mobile. www.blazeonline.org.uk/app

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The finale Take your place at the final gathering for London 2012

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On Sunday 9 September 2012, family, friends and community are invited to gather in Avenham Park for the North West’s very own Closing Ceremony for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Be amazed by On the Night Shift, a dazzling large scale show from French Pyrotechnic wizards, Les Commandos Percu and Lakes Alive. Featuring specially recruited UK dancers and drummers, live music, dance and furious, elemental rhythmic percussion, this event will mark the end of Preston Guild and the Cultural Olympiad programme in the North West. After the show, you can join in with the whole of the UK to see the official handover to 2016 Host City Rio de Janeiro, watch London 2012 extinguish the Paralympic Flame and listen to the final act of London 2012 which is Coldplay, broadcast live on big screens.

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PROGRAMME EXHIBITIONS

Emoto Moments that Matter

MUSIC

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FILM AND SHORTS

AND Shorts Bassweight DaDaVisions Film Nation Shorts Fire from Olympia Glory Road North West Shorts The Swimmer Why We Play

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#media2012 hub Blaze Lounge Glory Road Q&A Why We Play Q&A

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Bandstand Marathon Estate Recordings Kid British Natives The Colours We Face Forward

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Box of Frogs Daddy Is that you? Handbag Move Off / Fashion Off On the Night Shift Punchline Street Quest The Chase The Humble Market Urban Culture Jam

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Mobile Republic

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The Continental

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SCHEDULE FRIDAY Moments that Matter Emoto Mobile Republic #media2012 hub Blaze Festival: Osadia We Face Forward We Face Forward Handprint 2012 The Humble Market Why We Play Premiere + Q&A Box of Frogs The Humble Market SATURDAY Moments that Matter Blaze Festival: Move Off / Fashion Off Blaze Festival: Urban Culture Jam We Face Forward Emoto Blaze Festival: Blaze Lounge Mobile Republic #media2012 hub Blaze Festival: Street Quest Blaze Festival: Move Off / Fashion Off Why We Play North West Shorts Blaze Festival: Street Quest AND Shorts Blaze Festival: Daddy, is that you? Film Nation Shorts Blaze Festival: Osadia The Swimmer Blaze Festival: The Chase Fire from Olympia

KEY Film Installation Performance

Exhibition In Conversation Music

Harris Museum & City Centre 10AM-8PM Former Post Office, City Centre 12PM-8PM Miller Park 12PM-11PM Miller Park 12PM-11PM Miller Park 4:30pm-6PM Miller Park 4:45pm-5:15PM Miller Park 7PM-7:30PM Former Railway Bridge, Miller Park 7PM-11PM Derby Walk Railway Bridge, Miller Park 8PM-9:30PM Spiegeltent, Miller Park 8PM-9PM Festival Tent, Miller Park 9PM-10PM Derby Walk Railway Bridge, Miller Park 10PM-11:30PM

Harris Museum & City Centre Spiegeltent, Miller Park Festival Tent, Miller Park Miller Park Former Post Office, City Centre Rose Pagoda, Miller Park Miller Park Miller Park Miller Park & City Centre Spiegeltent, Miller Park The Continental The Continental Miller Park & City Centre The Continental Spiegeltent, Miller Park The Continental Miller Park The Continental Festival Tent, Miller Park The Continental

10am-5PM 12PM-12:45pm 12PM-6PM 12PM-6Pm 12PM-8PM 12pm-11pm 12pm-11pm 12pm-11pm 12:30PM-3:15PM 1:15PM-2pm 2pm-2:35pm 3pm-3:30pm 3:30pm-6:15pm 3:45pm-5pm 4pm-6pm 5:15pm-6pm 6pm-7:30pm 6:15pm-6:35pm 6:30-6:50pm 6:40pm-7:40pm

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Handprint 2012 Blaze Festival: The Chase The Humble Market Blaze Festival: Estate Recordings Blaze Festival: Bassweight Glory Road + Q&A Blaze Festival: Bassweight The Humble Market

Former Railway Bridge, Miller Park 7pm-11pm Festival Tent, Miller Park 7:15pm-7:35pm Derby Walk Railway Bridge, Miller Park 8pm-9:30pm Festival Tent, Miller Park 8PM-11PM Spiegeltent, Miller Park 8:45pm-9:45pm The Continental 9PM-10:30pm Spiegeltent, Miller Park 10PM-11pm Derby Walk Railway Bridge, Miller Park 10PM-11:30PM

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SUNDAY Sacrilege Moments that Matter Blaze Festival: Punchline Emoto Blaze Festival: Blaze Lounge Mobile Republic #media2012 hub Blaze Festival: Street Quest Blaze Festival: Bandstand Marathon Blaze Festival: Punchline Why We Play DaDaVisions Blaze Festival: Punchline AND Shorts Blaze Festival: Street Quest Film Nation Shorts Blaze Festival: The Colours Blaze Festival: Osadia North West Shorts Blaze Festival: Natives The Swimmer Handprint 2012 Fire from Olympia Blaze Festival: Handbag Blaze Festival: Handbag The Humble Market Blaze Festival: Kid British Blaze Festival: Handbag On the Night Shift The Humble Market London 2012 Closing

Frenchwood 10AM-6PM Harris Museum & City Centre 11AM-4PM Spiegeltent, Miller Park 12PM-12:45PM Former Post Office, City Centre 12PM-8PM Rose Pagoda, Miller Park 12PM-9:30PM Miller Park 12PM-11PM Miller Park 12PM-11PM Miller Park & City Centre 12:30PM-3:15PM Festival Tent, Miller Park 1PM-5PM Spiegeltent, Miller Park 1:30PM-2:15PM The Continental 2PM-2:35PM The Continental 3:00PM-3:30PM Spiegeltent, Miller Park 3PM-3:45PM The Continental 3:45PM-5PM Miller Park & City Centre 3:30PM-6:15PM The Continental 5:15PM-6PM Festival Tent, Miller Park 5:15PM-6PM Miller Park 6PM-7:30PM The Continental 6:15PM-6:45PM Festival Tent, Miller Park 6:45PM-7:30PM The Continental 7PM-7:20PM Former Railway Bridge, Miller Park 7PM-11PM The Continental 7:25PM-8:25PM Spiegeltent, Miller Park 7:30PM-7:45PM Spiegeltent, Miller Park 8PM-8:15PM Derby Walk Railway Bridge, Miller Park 8PM-9:30PM Festival Tent, Miller Park 8:15PM-9:15PM Spiegeltent, Miller Park 8:30PM-8:45PM Main Stage, Avenham Park 9:15PM-10:15PM Derby Walk Railway Bridge, Miller Park 10PM-11:30PM Main Stage, Avenham Park 10:15PM-11PM

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This information is correct at time of going to print, subject to change.


TOP TIPS FOR THE WEEKEND Don’t miss out. Plan what to see and where to go using this handy pull out schedule and map. Use the Information Points at each location to check any changes to the programme schedule. On twitter? Follow us @nwfor2012 for the latest tips and suggestions. Use this map to help you around the site, but if you get stuck then don’t hesitate to ask one of the friendly Guilders. We hope you enjoy a great weekend at WE PLAY Expo.


AND Shorts

Bandstand Marathon

Bassweight: A History of Dubstep

AND Shorts include dramas, animations and innovative, unconventional approaches to filmmaking. Chosen from responses to Abandon Normal Devices Festival’s annual open call for submissions, we present a collection of filmmakers whose visions of the world are in turn stoic, shocking and visually playful.

A sumptuous offer of beat box grooves and funked up drum’n’bass lines, Bandstand Marathon brings together musicians from across the North West. Featuring the Boom Bike Big Band alongside The Riot Jazz Brass Band, who bring a twisted mix of funk, soul, hiphop and jazz; Extra Love, who fuse reggae, dub and afrobeat in an uplifting performance; Get Up Stand Up, a group of inner city young people; and When Yesterday We Met, a choral soundscape led by Bridgewater Hall - the stage is set with a musical feast for all.

An exclusive screening of Bassweight: A History of Dubstep. Charting the genre’s growth from obscure origins in South London to global recognition today, the film offers unparalleled insight into this subterranean world and features in-depth interviews with many of the DJ’s, producers and promoters who have been instrumental in Dubstep’s ongoing evolution.

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Saturday, Sunday 3:45PM - 5PM The Continental

Presented by AND festival.

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Sunday 1PM - 5PM Festival Tent, Miller Park

UK Wide Cultural Olympiad project, presented in the North West by Blaze Festival in partnership with More Music, Sound Intervention and Brighter Sound.

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Saturday 8:45PM - 9:45PM, 10PM - 11PM Spiegeltent, Miller Park

Presented by Blaze Festival in partnership with Spearfish. Produced by Ryo Sanada and directed by Suridh Hassan.


DaDaVisions This artist film and video programme, created specifically for outdoor screening, consists of six commissions created by deaf and disabled artists or looking specifically at disability issues. DAY TIME LOCATION

Sunday 3PM - 3:30PM The Continental

Created for the Cultural Olympiad programme in the North West. Commissioned and produced by DaDa.

Blaze Lounge

Box of Frogs

Daddy, is that you?

Relax in the Blaze Lounge to chilled out beats and acoustic sets from The Mirrortones, Uncanny Valley, Fools Parade, Kodama, Katy Ryan, David Metham, Alex Hulme and Bill Orrick. The lounge is also home to Blaze Bloggers who will be in conversation with artists and performers throughout the weekend and invite you to join in our online debate as part of #media2012. Visual art activities include ‘Sit and Knit’ and other interventions that will surprise and delight.

This is a circus show with a difference. An exhilarating blend of high-octane, visual performance showcasing a deluge of circus skills including trick-cycling, tumbling, rope work and acrobalance, all engulfed in a reservoir of film and a myriad of colour.

Through the lives of two young people - Gon and Tonkao - this interactive contemporary Thai musical play tells the story of how theatre has the power to inspire people. 

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Saturday 12PM - 11PM Rose Pagoda, Miller Park

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Sunday 12PM - 9:30PM Rose Pagoda, Miller Park

Presented by Blaze Festival.

A feast for the eyes, a jawdropping night of entertainment, this is Bipolar circus. Box of Frogs explores circus as a metaphor for emotional instability, inspired by Director Mish Weaver’s experience of bipolar disorder.

Friday 9PM - 10PM Festival Tent, Miller Park

Created for the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad and an Unlimited Commission. Produced by XTRAX and supported by Jacksons Lane.

The performance is followed by a workshop for audiences to experience storytelling through movement for themselves. Ages 8 and above.

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Saturday 4PM - 6PM Spiegeltent, Miller Park

Presented by Blaze Festival. Produced by Moradokmai Theatre Community.

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Estate Recordings Estate Recordings, home to some of the UK’s hottest hip hop talent, bring heavy-weight artists to the stage on Saturday evening. Headed up by Skittles with full live band, hot on the heels of his hugely successful album ‘Poor with £100 Trainers’. With live PA by Strategy from Broke ‘n’ £nglish performing the underground smash hit ‘Marka’ and DJ set by Strategy and Fox with very special guests. DAY TIME LOCATION

Emoto Emoto is a unique real-time display of the worldwide mood about London 2012. Through social media we can share the emotion and attention of the crowd all over the world. Emoto captures this international response, recording the online sentiment and reveals online at www.emoto2012.org and in a data sculpture at the Former Post Office, City Centre Preston. @Emoto

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Friday / Saturday / Sunday 12PM - 8PM Former Post Office, City Centre

Created by Moritz Stefaner, Drew Hemment, Studio NAND. Commissioning partnership with the Cultural Olympiad programme in the North West. Produced by Future Everything. Funded by Arts Council England and Legacy Trust UK.

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Saturday 8PM - 11PM Festival Tent, Miller Park

Presented by Blaze Festival in partnership with Spearfish.

Film Nation Shorts

Fire from Olympia

Bringing together exciting new film talent from across the UK with outstanding international film makers, Film Nation introduced young people to film, supporting them to develop social and film making skills. Film Nation Shorts is a selection of the prize winning films created through this programme.

A documentary which explores the naked truth behind the story of modern Olympics. Three hopeful athletes, discover why the famous torch race was never run at Olympia; how the ancients in fact actually competed; and the true story of the man who really started the modern Games. DAY TIME LOCATION

Saturday 6:40PM-7:40PM The Continental

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Sunday 7:25PM-8:25PM The Continental

Directed by Christopher Miles and distributed by Soda Pictures.

www.nwfor2012.com #weplayexpo

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Saturday, Sunday 5:15PM - 6PM The Continental

London 2012 short film competition presented by Panasonic.


Glory Road Three Boxers, 1000 Days, One Olympic Dream...the fight starts here. Glory Road offers intimate access to several very different young Liverpool athletes as they strive to achieve their extraordinary goal for 2012. The film will be followed by a Q&A.

DAY TIME LOCATION

Saturday 9PM - 10PM Q&A 10-10.30PM The Continental

A perfectmotion picture in co-production with Minnow Films. Directed by Steve Read. Supported by Channel Four & Screen South.

Handbag A celebratory gem of a performance with great music, dancing and handbags re-imagined for the Spiegeltent as part of Blaze Festival. In an empty space, a caretaker sweeps away the remnants of a previous event. A young woman enters and puts down her handbag. A beat begins, a mirror ball turns and the sound of a classic dance track fills the air… DAY TIME LOCATION

Sunday 7:30PM - 7:45PM, 8PM - 8:15PM 8:30PM - 8:45PM Spiegeltent, Miller Park

Created for the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. Presented by Blaze Festival. A participatory performance directed by Geraldine Pilgrim.

Handprint 2012

Kid British

We play, create and bond with our hands and handprints are a unique, yet unifying symbol. Handprints have been collected over the preceding months through the WE PLAY Challenge community at www.nwfor2012.com, capturing people’s connections with London 2012 in the North West. The handprints collected online now move into a live interactive spectacle where you may add your own, see your hand instantly projected and remotely play with the projection live on the bridge using your smartphone.

Fresh from supporting The Stone Roses in Heaton Park this summer, iconic Manchester quartet Kid British bring their new EP ‘You Can’t Please Them All’ to Blaze Festival. Kid British aren’t afraid to cross multiple genres, like their forbearers The Specials, N.E.R.D, and Plan B, and never flinch from popular music – their shows are a rowdy celebration of the good times and the community spirit of great music.

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Friday, Saturday, Sunday 7PM - 11PM Former Railway Bridge, Miller Park

Created by Alastair Eilbeck and James Bailey. Commissioned by WE PLAY. Funded by Legacy Trust UK.

Sunday 8:15PM - 9:15PM Festival Tent, Miller Park

Presented by Blaze Festival.

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#media2012 hub

Mobile Republic

Moments that Matter

#media2012 is an international community of citizen journalists creating a social media legacy for the London 2012 Games. Visit the #media2012 hub at WE PLAY Expo and join bloggers, tweeters, video makers and journalists. Take part in this citizen newswire for the Games, participate in an online conversation and ignite debate about what happened, why it happened, and what next?

The classic touring caravan is a symbol of the traditional British summer holiday, but these caravans are not what they seem. Beneath their innocent exteriors, these 5 mobile caravans are re-imagined into awe-inspiring installations with onboard artists ready to entertain you with food, film and fascinating ideas.

Gallery exhibition and public realm art installation created by Lubaina Himid. Moments that Matter tells a unique legacy story of London 2012 though personal stories assembled from 45 people from the North West who participated in London 2012 from sport to culture, schools to businesses and artists to volunteers.

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31 Aug to 3 Nov Harris Museum and Art Gallery

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31 Aug to 3 Nov Shop Windows in Preston City Centre

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from 31 August 2012 online at nwfor2012.com

Visit the WE PLAY Expo live stream http://bit.ly/RPLUdF DAY TIME LOCATION

Friday, Saturday, Sunday 12PM - 11PM Miller Park

Produced by Lets Go Global in association with AND Festival, tenantspin and Blaze. Funded by Legacy Trust UK and Lets Go Global. #Media 2012 is founded by Abandon Normal Devices Festival, University of West Scotland, WE PLAY and the London 2012 Creative Programmers.

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Friday, Saturday, Sunday 12PM - 11PM Miller Park

Commissioned by Abandon Normal Devices Festival and London 2012 Festival. Funded by Legacy Trust UK and Arts Council England.

www.nwfor2012.com #weplayexpo

Co-commissioned by Cultural Olympiad and London 2012 Nations and Regions Group North West. Supported by WE PLAY Expo, Preston Guild 2012, Harris Museum and Art Gallery and University of Central Lancashire.


Move Off/Fashion Off A showcase of fashion, film and performance. Blaze young producers take to the catwalk to present fantastic accessories and outfits they have created in collaboration with professional artists and designers. A new film by Julia Griffin, Dancing In The Shadow Of The Sun, will be followed by Move Off, a performance bringing together sport and dance, choreographed by Sarah Jane Lockwood. DAY TIME LOCATION

Saturday 12PM - 12:45PM, 1:15PM - 2PM Spiegeltent, Miller Park

Presented by Blaze Festival, produced by Blackpool Arts Service. Funded by Arts Council England

Natives Hailing from the New Forest in Hampshire this 5 piece pop rock quintet burst onto the UK rock scene early 2012 formed from the ashes of Not Advised. With a debut album on it’s way produced by multi-platinum selling LA producer John Feldmann 2012 is set to be an exciting year for Natives. DAY TIME LOCATION

Sunday 6:45PM - 7:30PM Festival Tent, Miller Park

Presented by Blaze Festival.

North West Shorts

On the Night Shift

Three short films by North West filmmakers including: Leon Seth’s The Road to Success, the inspiring story of Steve Judge, who narrowly escaped death in a car accident and after a decade of painful operations and rehabilitation is now the Paratriathlon World Champion; Adam Tallon’s Remarkable, a poetic documentary on the existential lifestyle of a Liverpool based B-Boy Mark Jacob; and Soup Collective’s Portrait of an Athlete, two Vanuatuan Beach Volleyball players visit their host 2012 training camp in Cheshire as part of their acclimatisation process.

On the Night Shift is a dazzling combination of fireworks and percussion by French pyrotechnic wizards, Les Commandos Percu. Their shows perfectly blend musical rhythms and amazing effects, as fireworks dance to a thumping soundtrack. Join us on the final night of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games as the skies are set ablaze and the air is filled with rhythmic drumbeats in a stunning spectacular.

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Saturday 3PM - 3:30PM The Continental

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Sunday 6:15PM - 6:45PM The Continental

Created for the Cultural Olympiad programme in the North West.

PLEASE NOTE THE SHOW CONTAINS LOUD MUSIC AND PYROTECHNICS AS WELL AS STROBE LIGHTING AND SMOKE EFFECTS.

Sunday 9:15PM - 10:15PM Main Stage, Avenham Park

Commissioned by Lakes Alive, Lake District National Park, WE PLAY Expo and the London 2012 Festival. Funded by Legacy Trust UK, Arts Council England, Cumbria County Council’s South Lakeland Local Committee.

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Osadia

Punchline

Sacrilege

Take a seat in the barber’s chair or simply watch the artists in action, as Osadia use innovative concepts in hairdressing to create weird and wonderful hair sculptures. An original and provocative exhibition of hair art with active participation from some of the braver members of the audience!

Punchline fuses boxing with music dance and film. Young people on the fringes of our communities have worked with a team of professional artists, led by Villmore James and produced by Martin Cox, to create a show that explores themes of personal struggle and the constraints we set ourselves.

Sacrilege is a life-sized inflatable replica of Stonehenge for people to bounce on, by Turner Prizewinning artist Jeremy Deller. A playful interpretation of this historic monument, this is bound to capture the hearts, minds and inner-child of all who take part.

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Friday 4:30PM - 6PM Miller Park

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Saturday, Sunday 6PM - 7:30PM Miller Park

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Presented by Blaze Festival.

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Sunday 12PM - 12:45PM, 1:30PM - 2:15PM, 3PM - 3:45PM Spiegeltent, Miller Park

Presented by Blaze Festival. Created by Villmore James in association with the Merseyside Arts Officers Network. Created for the Cultural Olympiad programme in the North West. Funded by Arts Council England, Halton Borough Council, St Helens Borough Council, Liverpool City Council.

www.nwfor2012.com #weplayexpo

‘… this is a way to get reacquainted with ancient Britain - with your shoes off!’ Jeremy Deller

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Sunday 10AM - 6PM Frenchwood

Co-commissioned by the Mayor of London and Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art. Funded by Creative Scotland and Arts Council England.


The Chase Watch some of the North West’s best free runners and skateboarders in their pursuit of the most daring and breathtaking moves choreographed by Darren Pritchard from Company Fierce. A show not to be missed, the players weave in and around a specially commissioned structure developed by internationally renowned graffiti artist Zedz. Shown alongside an exciting new video piece made by Huckleberry Films that explores the theme ‘The Chase’.

Street Quest

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A quirky interactive street game, where players become a time traveler for the day. You will be helped and hindered by characters along the way to complete physical and mental challenges and return to the present day.

Presented by Blaze Festival. Created by Company Fierce with Infinite Flow Parkour. Produced by Spearfish in partnership with Lancashire Young People’s Services in Hyndburn. Funded by Arts Council England.

Played at locations around Preston, sign up to play on the day at Blaze Festival in Miller Park.

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Saturday and Sunday 12:30PM - 3:15PM 3:30PM - 6:15PM Miller Park & City Centre

Presented by Blaze Festival. Directed by Tom Russotti. A partnership project led by Lancashire Arts Development Service with Fusion Community Arts. Funded by Young Roots Heritage Lottery Fund.

Saturday 6:30PM - 6:50PM, 7:15PM - 7:35PM Festival Tent, Miller Park

The Colours

The Humble Market Moving between intense spectacle via virtual provocations and live interventions, The Humble Market brings the Brazilian South East to the UK’s North West in a playful process of real time engagement and theatre. By 2020 the world will officially be more Brazilian. But are you ready?

Straight from headlining Under the Town, Blaze sister festival in Blackpool, the band are currently making their mark with plays on BBC radio Lancashire, at Forever Manchester Festival and touring most of the big cities in the UK. Now signed to an independent label called ‘Hey Bert’, the band are revelling in playing gigs and branching out of Blackpool.

Limited places, advance booking required. www.prestonguildhall.com 0845 344 2012 Tickets free, 50p booking fee applies per ticket

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Sunday 5:15PM - 6PM Festival Tent, Miller Park

Presented by Blaze Festival.

From theatre network Zecora Ura and artists Jorge Lopes Ramos, Alastair Eilbeck, James Bailey and Persis Jade Maravala. Friday, Saturday, Sunday 8PM - 9:30PM, 10PM - 11:30PM Derby Walk Railway Bridge, Miller Park

Co-produced by Abandon Normal Devices (AND), FACT, WE PLAY and Derry Londonderry City of Culture 2013. Produced and presented by AND. Funded by Legacy Trust UK, Arts Council England and London 2012 Festival.

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Urban Culture Jam Live demos from some of the North West’s best urban athletes and artists showcasing free running, skate boarding, urban art and street dance. Plus an extensive program of free workshops throughout the day and onstage sets from Clayton Powerplay, State of Youth and Shotta TV. Hosted by Fallacy - one of the UK’s most respected MCs. DAY TIME LOCATION

The Swimmer One of four short films by British directors, drawing on their unique perspectives of sport and UK life the films celebrate the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The Swimmer comes from We Need To Talk About Kevin director Lynne Ramsay, depicting in stunning monochrome a nameless athlete powering through the waterways of Britain.

Saturday 12PM - 6PM Festival Tent, Miller Park

Presented by Blaze Festival in partnership with Spearfish.

We Face Forward We Face Forward Art Bus is visiting WE PLAY Expo, carrying with it West African Musicians and artists to be part of the finale of London 2012 in the North West.

Why We Play Why We Play is a new documentary by North West filmmaker Mike Todd which addresses the central question which gives the film its name: what do we mean by play? What meaning does it have in our lives? The film explores how sport and culture connect with the concept of play and how this connects with the region’s engagement with London 2012. The film premiere on Friday will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker.

DAY TIME LOCATION

Saturday 6:15PM - 6:35PM The Continental

DAY TIME LOCATION

Sunday 7PM - 7:20PM The Continental

Commissioned by BBC Films and Film 4.

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DAY TIME LOCATION

Friday (performance) 4:45PM - 5:15PM 7PM - 7:30PM Miller Park

DAY TIME LOCATION

Friday 8PM - 8:35PM Q&A 8.40-9PM Spiegeltent, Miller Park

DAY TIME LOCATION

Saturday (workshops) 12PM - 6PM Miller Park

DAY TIME LOCATION

Saturday, Sunday 2PM - 2:35PM The Continental

Part of We Face Forward exhibition and music festival, supported by Arts Council England.

www.nwfor2012.com #weplayexpo

Commissioned by WE PLAY. A Mike Todd film, produced by Riverhorse and funded by Legacy Trust UK.


Artistic Directors: Creative Programmer, London 2012: Debbi Lander Festival Director, Preston Guild: Stella Hall Producer: Joanne Wain Production Manager: Chris Haylett Event Manager: David Bilton Festival and Events Officer: Tim Joel

Co-produced by

WE PLAY Programme Manager: Catherine Waddington WE PLAY Programme Assistant: Hannah McAdam Thanks! A huge thanks to the very many people who have helped to make WE PLAY Expo possible. Thank you to all the artists, volunteers, production and technical crew and to the partners and funders, without whom this could not have happened. A special thanks to: Abandon Normal Devices Festival, Blaze, Lakes Alive and all the team at Preston Guild for collaborating on the development of the programme. Finally, thank you to Sarah Case-Upton, Julie Leather, Laura Simms-Luddington, Mary Tabbron and Rob Young for their work on promotion and development of WE PLAY Expo. Photography credits: Brian Slater, eventdigital.co.uk, Jeremy Deller, Stewart Smith Design by wonderassociates.com

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