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London 2012 Festival
Cultural OlyMpiad NORTH WEST
MAKE YOUR MARK ON LONDON 2012!
Welcome to the Cultural Olympiad and London 2012 Festival in the North West You’re invited to celebrate the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games this summer with the climax of the Cultural Olympiad, the largest cultural celebration in the history of the modern Olympic and Paralympic Movements. The past four years have already seen more than 18 million people all over the UK participating in or attending over 9,000 performances and more than 8,000 workshops as part of the Cultural Olympiad. Now is your chance to be part of this once-ina-lifetime experience. We’re bringing thousands of free arts and culture activities to your doorstep. Wherever you are, there will be something exciting for you to experience – including a groundbreaking spinning column of cloud, dazzling fireworks and percussion show on the shores of Lake Windermere and a large scale projection of digital handprints generated from the Olympic experiences of people in the North West. Visit www.nwfor2012.com to find out more and here is a flavour of what’s on near you…
Join in the national celebration this summer – there’s something for everyone
WE PLAY Challenge Create your own Olympic journey and leave your mark on London 2012. Take the WE PLAY Challenge and earn reward points for your London 2012 activities. Upload your handprint to be part of a digital artwork that captures people’s connections with London 2012 in the North West. Share your experiences online and see the artwork grow as more people sign up and interact. Join the WE PLAY community at the WE PLAY Expo in Preston on 7–9 September and play with Handprint 2012. Join In: Sign up, upload your handprint and begin your journey at www.nwfor2012.com Take Part: Enjoy events across the North West and be part of an interactive network. Record your experiences and earn reward points. Turn Up: Come and celebrate the final weekend of the Games at the WE PLAY Expo. Until 30 Sep Online FREE
Arts Council England is proud to be a principal funder of the Cultural Olympiad and the London 2012 Festival – the finale of the Cultural Olympiad.
WE PLAY Challenge/Handprint 2012 is commissioned by WE PLAY and is funded by Legacy Trust UK. WE PLAY is the North West’s cultural legacy programme for London 2012. Photo: Handprint 2012. Credit: Alastair Eilbeck
#media2012 Join the international network of citizen journalists for 2012 Games. Tag your media content as #media2012 to take part.
Artists Taking the Lead
Column International artist Anthony McCall will create Column – a spinning column of cloud taller than Blackpool Tower that will rise from East Float, Wirral Waters, on the edge of the Mersey and directly opposite the city of Liverpool. The sculpture will disappear and reappear in response to the weather and light conditions. On a sunny day it may register as a slender white line against a blue sky, on an overcast day, as a dark form within a grey mist. Column is McCall’s largest and most ambitious project to date and is a continuation of years of sculptural and cinematic installations based on mist, projection and light. From Summer 2012 for 12 months East Float, Wirral Waters FREE Artists taking the lead is the UK Arts Councils’ flagship project for the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. Column is a London 2012 Festival event. Photo: Anthony McCall with one of the ‘Column’ working maquettes, 2011. Credit: Matthew Andrews
Abandon Normal Devices Festival (and) Be inspired by this festival of art, digital • A touring programme of interactive culture and new cinema in he North West. Digital Caravans And be a part of the adventure created • Swandown, a new film by Andrew by artists, filmmakers and performers Kötting exploring new artistic parameters. The exhibitions, performances, screenings and • An online project by media artist Mark Amerika debates will include: • Pigs Bladder Football, John O’Shea will cultivate a 21st century ‘football’ out of living cells • The first solo UK exhibition of American artist Stanya Kahn • The Creator, a film commission from AL & AL • The Humble Market: Trade Secrets exhibition created by UK and Brazilian artists
22 & 23 Jun (Launch) 29 Aug–2 Sep (Festival) Manchester and North West FREE and tickets required for some events AND is presented by FACT and Cornerhouse, and is funded by Legacy Trust UK, Creative England and Wellcome Trust, and supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. Photo: Swandown Credit: Andrew Kötting
Blaze Enjoy art, dance, music, technology, fashion, urban sports and spoken word by young producers from Lancashire and the North West including: • Boom Bike Big Band, a touring ensemble of musicians and performers on bikes • The Chase, urban arts performance involving bikers, skaters, free runners and graffiti artists • Under the Town, the best in young people’s music, visual arts, fashion, film and dance in Blackpool • Street Quest, a narrative based Preston street game
Lakes Alive 19 May–2 Sep Lancashire FREE Blaze is a partnership project led by Lancashire County Council with Blackpool Council and Creative Lancashire and is co-produced with Brighter Sounds. Funded by Legacy Trust UK and supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. Photo: Ride the Lights (Blaze) Credit: Brian Slater Photography
Join local communities to celebrate the extraordinary abilities of artists from across the world. Outdoor performances and street arts include:
21 Jun–2 Sep Cumbria FREE, tickets required for some events
• Water Fools, a water wonderland on Derwentwater created by French alchemists Ilotopie
Lakes Alive is created and directed by Kendal Arts International with Manchester International Arts and is funded by Legacy Trust UK and supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
• The Banquet on Tour featuring some of the UK’s finest street performers
Photo: Water Fools Credit: Heerlen Millstream
• An aerial show with live music in Whitehaven Harbour performed by Voala from Spain and Argentina, plus street performance • Masquepony, the UK’s first Street Arts camping festival
Abandon Normal Devices, Blaze and Lakes Alive are part of WE PLAY, the North West four-year cultural legacy programme funded by Legacy Trust UK.
FOUR BIG MOMENTS
Looping the Loop Mark the start of the Games Time in the North West at Old Trafford and The Quays with performances and events that include: • London 2012 artwork by Matt English and six new community commissions • Walk the Plank, a new show with aerialists, pyro, boats and music • Super Critical Mass with 100 brass band players • Turkish Sufi dancing by Zia Aziz • All About Us and a variety of London 2012 inspired art, digital events, sport and Big Dance 2012. 19 May Old Trafford and The Quays, Greater Manchester FREE Looping the Loop is led by Lets Go Global (Trafford Council with Salford City Council), The Quays Cultural Partnership, Marketing Manchester, London 2012 Look Programme, Walk the Plank and a commissioning partnership with the Cultural Olympiad, North West. It is funded by the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities (AGMA) and supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
The Moment When… Celebrate the Olympic Flame in the North West with dance, aerial performance, music and pyrotechnics – you can also join 500 performers from schools and community groups in dance flash mobs along the Torch Relay route. The Moment When… is a series of events taking place across Cheshire and Warrington. You can also celebrate the opening of an Olympic legacy building at Orford Jubilee Park and join the finale at Tatton Park. May–Jul Chester Race Course, Chester (29 May) / Orford Jubilee Park, Warrington (16 Jun) / Tatton Park, Knutsford (15 Jul) FREE, tickets required for some events The Moment When… is a first time collaboration between Cheshire Dance and Walk the Plank and a commissioning partnership between Arts Counci England, Cheshire West and Chester, Cheshire East, Warrington Borough Council and the Cultural Olympiad, North West. Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. Photo: The Moment When... Credit: Adam Holloway
Photo: Looping the Loop Credit: Ziya Aziz
FOUR BIG MOMENTS
WE PLAY Expo On the Night Shift Welcome the arrival of the Olympic Flame at Lake Windermere and stay on the shores to enjoy a spectacular show brought to you by Les Commandos Percu. This is a world premiere for the French pyrotechnic experts who synchronise rhythmic drumming with dance and dazzling effects. You can also celebrate the final day of the Olympic and Paralympic Games with Les Commandos Percu in Preston, at the WE PLAY Expo, the closing event of the Cultural Olympiad. 21 Jun Bowness on Windermere, Cumbria FREE On the Night Shift is commissioned by Lakes Alive, Lake District National Park Authority, WE PLAY Expo and the London 2012 Festival. A London 2012 Festival event. Photo: Les Commandos Percu (On Night Shift) Credit: Daniel Saint Leger
London 2012 legacies are at the heart of this weekend of events. The Preston Guild City Festival provides the backdrop to celebrations during the final days of the Paralympic Games. Mark the culmination of our four-year Cultural Olympiad programme in the North West. Various programmes will come together for the first time, including Abandon Normal Devices Festival, Blaze and Lakes Alive. Eight commissions will be unveiled during the weekend: • Blaze Festival • The Humble Market • On the Night Shift • Handprint 2012 • Why We Play • Emoto: Visualising Global Emotion • Moments that Matter • Digital Caravans Plus special events, a film programme and big screen broadcasts of the Paralympic Games and London 2012 handover to Rio 2016. 7–9 Sep Avenham and Miller Parks, Preston FREE Funded by Legacy Trust UK and Preston City Council.
The Humble Market Brazil comes to the UK in this live digital performance. The Humble Market challenges perceptions of theatre, inviting us to question social understanding and what we value. The performance was created by Persis-Jade Maravala, Jorge Lopez Ramos, Zecora Ura, Alastair Eilbeck and James Bailey. It is one of three events that experiment with digital interfaces and telepresence in theatre. 7–9 Sep WE PLAY Expo, Avenham and Miller Parks, Preston FREE, tickets required Other events include: • The Humble Market: Trade Secrets An interactive and experimental fusion of theatre and technology that brings audiences into the heart of the exchange to ask ‘What do we really trade?’ At FACT in Liverpool from 22 Jun–26 Aug 2012 • The Humble Market: Place A trailer for the market’s 2013 tour at the Clock Tower and Peace Bridge in Derry from 7–9 Sep 2012. Involves local and international artists, including Paul Sermon.
Handprint 2012 Large scale projection of live handprints controlled remotely online or with smart phones at the event. Created by Alastair Eilbeck and James Bailey with the WE PLAY Challenge community. 7–9 Sep WE PLAY Expo, Avenham and Miller Parks, Preston FREE Handprint 2012 is commissioned by WE PLAY and funded by Legacy Trust UK. A London 2012 Festival event.
Digital Caravans A convoy of interactive caravans will provide a connected environment for six new commissions. 1 Aug–6 Sep / 7–9 Sep Touring / WE PLAY Expo, Avenham and Miller Parks, Preston FREE
Emoto: Visualising Global Emotion Emoto will collate global responses to London 2012 in a stunning web based visualisation. A data sculpture will exhibit the results at WE PLAY Expo. 26 Jul–9 Sep (online) / 7–9 Sep (Expo venue) www.emoto2012.org / WE PLAY Expo, Part Ground Floor, Former Post Office Counters Building, Preston (venue TBC) FREE
Connecting Light This installation will celebrate the ancient Roman structure and will span the length of the wall. New York artists YesYesNo create a line of lights for sending messages along Britain’s most dramatic Roman frontier, Hadrian’s Wall. 31 Aug–1 Sep Hadrian’s Wall FREE London 2012 Festival commission produced in partnership with Hadrian’s Wall Heritage and local partners. Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
Created by Moritz Stefaner, Drew Hemment, Studio NAND. Future Everything project with MIT Senseable City Lab. Supported by Datasift, co-sponsored by GE and funded by Legacy Trust and supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. Commissioning partnership with the Cultural Olympiad, North West. A London 2012 Festival event. Photo: The Gestalt of Digital Identity (Emoto) Credit: Studio NAND, 2009
Abandon Normal Devices Festival co-commission with London 2012 Festival, funded by Arts Council England and Legacy Trust UK. Photo: Zecora Ura (The Humble Market) Credit: Thaise Nardin
The Humble Market is a co-production between Abandon Normal Devices, FACT and Derry Londonderry – City of Culture 2013. Commissioned by AND, FACT, WE PLAY Expo and Derry Londonderry – City of Culture 2013. It is funded by Legacy Trust UK, Arts Council England and London 2012 Festival.
UK Premieres Why We Play Documentary by Mike Todd connecting sport and culture through play – take part for free by calling 0800 066 3620. A Riverhorse production commissioned by WE PLAY and funded by Legacy Trust UK.
Glory Road Documentary by Director Steve Read following three Liverpool amateur boxers fighting for an Olympic dream. A perfectmotion picture in coproduction with Minnow Films. Supported by Channel 4 and Screen South.
7–9 Sep WE PLAY Expo, Avenham and Miller Parks, Preston FREE
Cultural Olympiad Shorts DadaVisions Seven film and video commissions from DaDaFest focusing on disability issues or created by disabled artists. Me and Mine Short documentary on the identity of Chester’s community by Jan and Emily Dixon. Mechanical Games Interactive version of an international sporting competition for the masses developed by media artist and educator, Xtine Burrough. Portrait of an Athlete Short film by Soup Collective on the Vanuatu Beach Volleyball Pre Games Training Camp in Crewe.
If you like film… Abandon Normal Devices Festival Live, interactive and new cinema with world premieres and midnight movies across Manchester. Film Nation: Shorts Watch prizewinning movies by young filmmakers online. A Hansel of Film: Shetland to Southampton and back Relay of shorts films by members of the public. London 2012 Festival New film commissions by exciting UK filmmakers, Big Dance: Shorts and London 2012 event broadcasts across the North West.
We Face Forward: Art from West Africa Today
Niet Normaal: Difference on Display
This exhibition and music festival features 32 artists and a host of musicians from 11 West African countries. With 5 metre high chairs, an indoor forest of symbols, painting, photography, textiles and some of West Africa’s greatest musicians, forget everything you think you know about African art and embrace all that you don¹t yet know about the creativity of West African artists today.
This ground-breaking international visual arts exhibition asks ‘what is normal and who decides?’. The work includes painting, photography, video and sculpture examining definitions of difference and normality. Artists include Bob and Roberta Smith, Bruce Nauman, Douglas Gordon, Javier Téllez, Birgit Dieker, Ben Cove and Aaron Williamson.
2 Jun–16 Sep Whitworth Art Gallery / Manchester Art Gallery / Platt Hall, Manchester FREE Curated by a team led by Dr Maria Balshaw, Director of Whitworth Art Gallery and Manchester City Galleries. A London 2012 Festival event. Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
13 Jul–2 Sep DaDaFest, Liverpool FREE Presented by DaDaFest. A London 2012 Festival event. Photo: Next Nature Baby, 2008 (Niet Normaal) Credit: Koert van Mensvoot
Photo: Barthélémy Tuguo – Jugement Dernier (We Face Forward) Credit: the artist and Gallerie Lelong
See listings for details Photo: Glory Road Credit: Steve Read
Stories of the World: Global Threads The history of cotton animated through a series of exhibitions made by museums and young people. Until 19 May: Platt Hall, Manchester Until 30 Jun: Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston FREE Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester City Galleries, Bolton Museum and Archives Service, Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Lancashire County Museums Service and Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery. Global Threads is part of Stories of the World, led by Arts Council England in partnership with London 2012. Photo: Harris Museum & Art Gallery, Global Threads exhibition Credit: Simon Critchley
Unlimited Celebrate disability and deaf arts and culture on an unprecedented scale at the UK’s largest disability and deaf arts festival. This includes Unlimited commissions which support collaboration between disability and mainstream art organisations, and disabled artists and producers. As part of London 2012 Festival are: • Liverpool’s Fittings Multimedia Arts create The Ugly Spirit, based on the lives of conjoined Siamese twins Change and Eng Bunker • Laurence Clark’s comedy show Inspired asks why everyday activities are inspirational when performed by disabled people • Rachel Gadsden’s Global Alchemy with the South African Bambanani group. 13 Jul–2 Sep DaDaFest, Liverpool FREE, tickets required for some events Unlimited is a partnership between London 2012, the UK Arts Councils, the British Council and the Olympic Lottery Distributor.
Moments That Matter North West London 2012 legacy stories told through painting and photography by artist Lubaina Himid. Also online at www.nwfor2012.com 31 Aug–9 Sep: Shop Windows in Preston city centre 31 Aug–3 Nov: Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston FREE Co-commissioned by Cultural Olympiad and Nations and Regions Group, North West. Supported by WE PLAY Expo, Preston Guild 2012 and University of Central Lancashire.
Photo: Laurence Clark (Inspired) Credit: Andy Hollingworth
Blaze Festival Major new festival for the North West produced and programmed by Blaze young producers, featuring regional, national and international work. 8 & 9 Sep WE PLAY Expo, Avenham and Miller Parks, Preston FREE Co-produced with Brighter Sounds. Funded by Legacy Trust UK and supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
More London 2012 Festival events
MORE CULTURAL OLYMPIAD EVENTS
Art, Music, Dance and Theatre Africa Express, Manchester Famous for African/ Western collaborations, Africa Express presents a train full of music traversing the UK. Alif Ensemble Outstanding oud player Khyan Allami brings together Arab musicians for acoustic and electronic sets of inspiring new music. Bandstand Marathon Closing event for London 2012 bringing live music performance to bandstands across the UK, on 9 Sep 1–5pm. Big Dance 2012: Lancashire Take part in the Lancashire Big Dance North West Link Up. Join at Preston Flag Market. Big Dance 2012: Liverpool Take part in the Big Dance North West Link Up at Chavasse Park. Big Dance 2012: Urban Moves Celebrate Greater Manchester’s cityscape and architecture with professional dance performances in Piccadilly Gardens.
Crystal Ball AND festival presents nine new single screen media works, from Asian and European artists commissioned by Samsung for the International Olympic Committee Collection. Devoted and Disgruntled Roadshow: Improbable Join this theatre-inspired nationwide conversation at Preston Guild 2012 in person and online. Jorge Macchi: Liverpool Biennial 2012 Artist Jorge Macchi presents an artwork absurdly wedged in Liverpool’s oldest art gallery. Oded Hirsch: Liverpool Biennial 2012 Artist Oded Hirsch presents an artwork bursting through the ground in Liverpool ONE. Project Triangle Somewhereto_ and Burnley Council bring the North West’s young creative talent to the Weaver’s Triangle.
Red Baraat The UK debut tour of Red Baraat brings Bhangra, funk, and dhol and brass to Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall. The Sacred Truce Project: Ursula Rani Sarma Enjoy a new play from nationally acclaimed playwright at Liverpool’s The Empire, directed by Kully Thiarai. We Face Forward: A West African Party Party at the Printworks after the Olympic Flame has arrived in Manchester.
Join In Ring a bell on Friday 27 July at 8am and take part in Martin Creed’s Work no 1197. All The Bells celebrates the first day of the London 2012 Olympic Games with simultaneous bell ringing across the UK. Join Big Dance 2012 – the UK’s biggest dance celebration from 18 May–25 Jul. Take part in STORYLAB, the UK’s biggest children’s reading event. Sign up at your local library.
Artworks, Exhibitions and Events All About Us Connect through digital, social and creative technology projects across Greater Manchester by Lets Go Global. Atelier Zero Viewing platform in Piccadilly Basin created by Office for Subversive Architecture, CUBE, Ecole Speciale d’Architecture, Paris and Manchester School of Architecture. Build the Truce Exhibition and blog exploring contemporary conflict at Imperial War Museum North, on the Quays. The Games Comedy by Spike Theatre set in the Ancient Olympics with original music, song and puppetry. UK tour. Landmark Community art project responding to local landscapes in Cumbria by Kendal Windows on Art.
New Music 20 x 12: Zatopek! Emily Howard’s Zatopek presented by Second Movement and performed by Liverpool Philharmonic’s Ensemble 10/10. On: a re-imagining of Blackpool Illuminations Exhibition of the famous illuminations by Brian Griffiths and the Under the Town festival at Grundy Art Gallery in Blackpool. Our Sport Our Life Exhibition developed by young people from Greater Manchester at the National Football Museum. The Paradise: A Life Beyond Celebration of diversity at the Liverpool International Carnival from Brouhaha.
Punchline Multimedia performance with boxing, music, dance and film in Merseyside. Shine Paralympic sporting heroes celebrated in photography by Ian Beesley in Oldham. 2012 Contemporary Art exhibitions and events in Rochdale at Touchstones. Plus: Discovering Places Cultural Olympiad campaign to discover your local built historic and natural environments across the UK. somewhereto_ Helping 16–25 year olds find the spaces to do the creative things they are passionate about across the UK.
Photo: The Games Credit: John Garfield Roberts
full listing cultural olympiad AND THE LONDON 2012 Festival in the North West
Big Dance 2012: Schools Pledge 18 May St George’s Hall, Liverpool FREE #media2012 Pre Games Meet 18–19 May Manchester/Salford FREE Big Dance 2012 18 May–25 Jul North West FREE #media2012 18 May–9 Sep Online FREE Global Threads: More Than Fashion Until 19 May Platt Hall, Manchester FREE NORTH WEST OPENING EVENT Looping the Loop 19 May The Quays Waterfront, Greater Manchester FREE Mechanical Games 19 May The Quays Waterfront, Greater Manchester FREE Big Dance 2012: Schools Pledge 19 May Live Site, Exchange Square, Manchester FREE All About Us 19 May The Quays Waterfront, Greater Manchester FREE
Big Dance 2012: NW Link Up 19 May The Quays Waterfront, Greater Manchester FREE
2012 Contemporary Techno-Sublime Until 16 Jun Touchstones Rochdale, Rochdale FREE
Boom Bike Big Band 19 May–2 Sep Across Lancashire FREE
Global Threads: Asian Textiles & Fashion Today Until 30 Jun Harris Museum & Art Gallery, Preston FREE
On: a re-imagining of Blackpool Illuminations 26 May–28 Jul Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool, FREE Shine 26 May Gallery Oldham, Oldham £3 ARRIVAL OF THE OLYMPIC TORCH
Manchester Live Site Until 9 Sep Exchange Square, Manchester FREE Handprint 2012 Until 30 Sep www.nwfor2012.com FREE
The Moment When… 29 May Chester Racecourse FREE and ticketed
WE PLAY Challenge Until 30 Sep www.nwfor2012.com FREE
Olympic Torch Relay Evening Celebration: Chester 29 May Chester Racecourse Ticketed
Landmark Until 12 Nov Various locations across Cumbria FREE
Olympic Torch Relay Evening Celebration: Bolton 31 May Spa Road Playing Fields, Bolton Free and ticketed 2012 Contemporary: Colouredge Until 16 Jun Touchstones Rochdale, Rochdale FREE
Column From Summer (12 months) Wirral Waters, Merseyside FREE Big Dance 2012: Torch Relay celebration 1 Jun Birkenhead Park, Birkenhead Free
Big Dance 2012: Torch Relay celebration 1 Jun Crosby, Merseyside Free Big Dance 2012: Torch Relay celebration 1 Jun Pierhead, Liverpool Free Olympic Torch Relay Evening Celebration: Liverpool 2 Jun Pier Head Liverpool Ticketed We Face Forward: Art from West Africa Today 2 Jun–16 Sep Platt Hall, Rusholme, Manchester FREE We Face Forward: Art from West Africa Today 2 Jun–16 Sep Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester FREE We Face Forward: Art from West Africa Today 2 Jun–16 Sep Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester FREE The Games 11 Jun The Lowry, Salford Ticketed The Games 12 Jun The Brindley, Runcorn Ticketed
The Games 15 Jun The Kirkgate Centre, Cumbria Ticketed Emily Dixon: Zatopek! 15 Jun Epstein Theatre, Liverpool £10 The Moment When… 16 Jun Orford Jubilee Park, Warrington Ticketed The Games 20 Jun The Brewery Arts Centre, Highgate Kendal Ticketed A Hansel of Film 20 Jun The Brewery Arts Centre, Highgate Kendal Price: TBC Big Dance 2012: NW Link Up 20 Jun Carlisle FREE Olympic Torch Relay Evening Celebration: Carlisle 20 Jun Bitts Park, Carlisle FREE and ticketed
Olympic Torch Relay Evening Celebration: Bowness on Windermere 21 Jun The Glebe Bowness on Windermere FREE Big Dance 2012: STRIDE 21 Jun The Rock, Bury FREE Abandon Normal Devices Festival Launch 22–23 Jun Cornerhouse, Oxford Street, Manchester FREE and ticketed AL and AL 22 Jun Cornerhouse, Oxford Street, Manchester Ticketed Swandown 22–23 Jun Cornerhouse, Oxford Street, Manchester FREE The Humble Market – Trade Secrets 22 Jun–26 Aug FACT, 88 Wood Street, Liverpool FREE and ticketed
LONDON 2012 FESTIVAL OPENING EVENT
Mark Amerika 22 Jun–2 Sep www.glitchmuseum. com FREE
On the Night Shift 21 Jun The Glebe, Bowness on Windermere FREE
Stanya Kahn Exhibition 22 Jun–16 Sep Cornerhouse, Oxford Street, Manchester FREE
Olympic Torch Relay Evening Celebration: Blackpool 22 Jun The Headland, Blackpool FREE
Punchline 30 Jun–9 Sep Saturdays & Wednesdays Wildcard Amateur Boxing Club, St Helens FREEFro
Olympic Torch Relay Evening Celebration: Manchester 23 Jun Albert Square, Manchester FREE
Punchline 30 Jun–9 Sep Saturdays & Wednesdays The Rotunda, Liverpool FREE
We Face Forward: A West Africa Party 23 Jun Printworks, Manchester Ticketed
Atelier Zero From July–9 Sep Piccadilly Basin, Manchester FREE
The Games 23 Jun Barnaby Festival, Macclesfield Ticketed Big Dance 2012: Lancashire 23 Jun Preston Flag Market, Preston FREE Meet the Species: Urban Naturalist – Moths 30 Jun Manchester Museum, Manchester FREE Punchline 30 Jun–9 Sep Saturdays & Wednesdays Runcorn Amateur Boxing Club, Runcorn FREE
StoryLab 1 Jul–10 Sep Various locations across the North West FREE 2012 Contemporary: An Impossible Burden 7 Jul–8 Sep Touchstones Rochdale, Rochdale FREE 2012 Contemporary: A Century Later 7 Jul–8 Sep Touchstones Rochdale, Rochdale FREE The Paradise: A Life Beyond 12–24 Jul Myrtle Parade, Liverpool FREE Unlimited 13 Jul–2 Sep DaDaFest, Liverpool Price TBC
full listing cultural olympiad AND THE LONDON 2012 Festival in the North West
Niet Normaal – Difference on Display 13 Jul–2 Sep The Bluecoat, Liverpool Ticketed Shine 14 Jul–23 Sep Gallery Oldham, Oldham FREE The Paradise: A Life beyond 14 Jul Liverpool city centre FREE Alif Ensemble 15 Jul Liverpool Philharmonic Hall £15/£22.50 Big Dance 2012: City Steps 15 Jul Liverpool city centre FREE Big Dance 2012: NW Link Up 15 Jul Chavasse Park, Liverpool FREE The Moment When… 15 Jul Tatton Park, Knutsford Ticketed Project Triangle 20–21 Jul Weavers Triangle, Burnley FREE Build The Truce 21 Jul–1 Oct Imperial War Museum North Main Exhibition Space, Manchester FREE
Big Dance 2012: Urban Moves 23–25 Jul Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester FREE Emoto: Visualising Global Emotion 26 Jul–9 Sep www.emoto2012.org FREE RING IN THE OLYMPIC GAMES All The Bells 27 Jul at 8am Anywhere FREE Meet the Species: Urban Naturalist – Ferns 28 Jul Manchester Museum FREE From AUGUST
Digital Caravans 1 Aug–6 Sep Touring, various, North West FREE Under The Town 4 Aug Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool Ticketed Water Fools 10–11 Aug Crow Park, Keswick, Cumbria FREE
The Banquet on Tour 14 Aug Millom, Cumbria FREE The Banquet on Tour 15 Aug Talkin Tarn, Carlisle FREE The Banquet on Tour 16 Aug Boroughgate, Cumbria FREE Masquepony 17–19 Aug Cartmel Racecourse Grange-over-Sands Price: £40/£80, Early birds £35/£70 The Chase 27 Aug Accrington town centre FREE Voala 27 Aug Whitehaven Harbour FREE Abandon Normal Devices Festival 29 Aug–2 Sep Cornerhouse, Oxford Street, Manchester FREE and ticketed
Laurence Clark 30 Aug DaDaFest, Liverpool Price: TBC
Improbable 5 Sep Preston Ticketed TBC
Rachel Gadsden 30 Aug The Bluecoat, Liverpool Ticketed
NORTH WEST CLOSING CELEBRATION
Connecting Light 31 Aug–1 Sep Hadrian’s Wall FREE Emoto: Visualising Global Emotion 31 Aug–9 Sep Part Ground Floor, Former Post Office Counters Building, Preston (TBC) FREE Moments that Matter 31 Aug–9 Sep Shop Windows in Preston city centre FREE Moments that Matter 31 Aug– 3 Nov Harris Museum & Art Gallery, Preston FREE
WE PLAY Expo 7–9 Sep Avenham & Miller Parks, Preston FREE Abandon Normal Devices Shorts 7–9 Sep Avenham & Miller Parks, Preston FREE DaDaVisions 7–9 Sep Avenham & Miller Parks, Preston FREE Digital Caravans 7–9 Sep Avenham & Miller Parks, Preston FREE Handprint 2012 7–9 Sep Avenham & Miller Parks, Preston FREE The Humble Market 7–9 Sep Avenham & Miller Park, Preston FREE. Tickets required
Crystal Ball 29 Aug–2 Sep AND Festival FREE
Moments that Matter Online from 31 Aug www.nwfor2012.com FREE
The Banquet on Tour 13 Aug Cleator Moor, Cumbria FREE
Pigs Bladder Football 29 Aug–2 Sep Cornerhouse, Oxford Street, Manchester FREE
Street Quest 3–7 Sep Preston city centre FREE
The Humble Market: Place 7–9 Sep Clock Tower and Peace Bridge, Derry, Northern Ireland FREE
DaDaVisions 13–28 Aug Manchester Live Site, Exchange Square FREE
Inspired 30 Aug DaDaFest, Liverpool, Venue TBC Ticketed
Red Baraat 4 Sep Bridgewater Hall, Manchester Ticketed
Me & Mine 7–9 Sep Avenham & Miller Parks, Preston FREE
Portrait of an Athlete 7–9 Sep Avenham & Miller Parks, Preston FREE Why We Play 7–9 Sep Avenham & Miller Parks, Preston FREE Glory Road 8 Sep Avenham & Miller Parks, Preston FREE Blaze Festival 8–9 Sep Avenham & Miller Parks, Preston FREE Jorge Macchi 8 Sep–25 Nov Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool FREE Oded Hirsch 8 Sep–25 Nov Liverpool One, Liverpool FREE On the Night Shift 9 Sep Avenham & Miller Parks, Preston FREE The Bandstand Marathon 9 Sep Avenham & Miller Parks, Preston FREE The Bandstand Marathon 9 Sep Sefton Park Bandstand, Aigburth, Liverpool FREE
The Bandstand Marathon 9 Sep Stanley Park Bandstand, Liverpool FREE The Bandstand Marathon 9 Sep Falkner Square Gardens, Liverpool FREE
Improbable Date: TBC Theatre by the Lake, Cumbria Price: TBC The Sacred Truce Project – Ursula Rani Sarma Date: TBC Empire, Liverpool Ticketed
The Bandstand Marathon 9 Sep Clarence Park, Bury FREE The Bandstand Marathon 9 Sep Heaton Park, Manchester FREE The Bandstand Marathon 9 Sep Chester Bandstand by The Groves, Chester FREE The Bandstand Marathon 9 Sep Ellesmere Port town centre FREE The Bandstand Marathon 9 Sep Clitheroe Castle Bandstand, Clitheroe FREE
Front cover photo credits. Main image clockwise: Les Commandos Percu. Credit: Daniel Saint Leger The Ugly Spirit, Fittings. Credit: Charles McQuillan, Pacemaker Press Looping the Loop. Courtesy of Ziya Aziz Blaze, BMX Beats. Credit: Brian Slater Photography Next Nature Baby, 2008, Niet Normaal. Credit: Koert van Mensvoot
While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of these listings please check details with each venue when planning your visits. For full details on these events go to nwfor2012.com
About the Cultural Olympiad and London 2012 Festival The London 2012 Cultural Olympiad is the largest cultural celebration in the history of the modern Olympic and Paralympic Movements. Spread over four years, it is designed to give everyone in the UK a chance to be part of London 2012 and inspire creativity across all forms of culture, especially among young people. The culmination of the Cultural Olympiad is the London 2012 Festival, a spectacular 12-week nationwide celebration bringing together leading artists from across the world with the very best from the UK, running from 21 June until 9 September 2012. For more details on the programme visit www.london2012.com/festival Arts Council England is proud to be a Principal Funder and supporter of the Cultural Olympiad and London 2012 Festival. The Arts Council champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people’s lives. We support a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections. Legacy Trust UK is delighted to be a Principal Funder of the Cultural Olympiad and London 2012 Festival and funds cultural, sporting and educational projects in communities across the UK that are inspired by London 2012. Legacy Trust UK supports a wide range of activities from street art to volunteering, music to animation, school sports to dance and digital art to festivals. The Olympic Lottery Distributor is proud to be a Principal Funder of the Cultural Olympiad and is supporting a number of the major projects and events which will be part of the Cultural Olympiad and its culmination, the London 2012 Festival.
BP is delighted to be a Premier Partner of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. Building on its 30 year support of the arts, BP is working with its arts partners, the Royal Opera House, British Museum, National Portrait Gallery and Tate Britain, to help involve millions of people in the Cultural Olympiad and its finale, the London 2012 Festival. BT is proud to be a Premier Partner of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad and to be enabling millions of people to have a fantastic London 2012 experience through music and art events. BT River of Music welcomes the world to London with a once-in-a-lifetime weekend of free music at landmarks along the River Thames. And the National Portrait Gallery/BT Road to 2012 project celebrates those who are collectively making the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games happen.
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Premier Partners of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad
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We have lots of exciting events happening across the North West as part of the Cultural Olympiad in 2012.