WSF and the Olympics

Muhib Al-Deen as Altar Boy

The London 2012 Festival ran from 21 June to 9 September 2012 and offered an opportunity for people across the UK to participate in events programmed to celebrate the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Eighteen million people took part in cultural projects, including:

  • 2.9m people joined in with Martin Creed's All the Bells on the opening day of the Olympic Games
  • The Big Concert in Stirling - an orchestra of local school children playing alongside Venezuela's Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra
  • Unlimited – the largest ever commission of art by disabled and deaf artists
  • The World Shakespeare Festival - a celebration of Shakespeare as the world's playwright

This UK-wide celebration brought together more than 25,000 artists from across the world and the very best of the UK to deliver an unforgettable summer of culture as part of the Olympics and Paralympics.

From landmark countdown events to the 12 full weeks of the Festival, millions of people from all over the UK enjoyed over 12,000 events and performances from Shetland to Cornwall.

Photo: Muhib Al-Deen as Altar Boy in the Iraqi Theatre Company's Romeo and Juliet in Baghdad.


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