The organisers of the London Olympics have confirmed events in Scotland as marking the end of festivities centering on the 2012 Olympic Games. The celebration of arts that constitutes the Scottish portion of the 2012 London Festival programme will travel from Arthur's Seat in Edinburgh to a remote beach cove on the Isle of Lewis and will be launched on 21 June.
According to the Press Association, more than 250 events will be held and will involve more than 500,000 participants as London hands the baton to Glasgow for the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
"The London 2012 Festival will be the largest cultural celebration in our lifetime. With new work from the best musicians, comics, artists, film makers and more, there will be arts events taking place in unusual places all over the UK that will showcase the best in international culture when the eyes of the world are on us this summer," Ruth Mackenzie, Director, Cultural Olympiad & London 2012 Festival said.
One of the more ambitious performance pieces planned is by Turner Prize-winning artist and musician Martin Creed - "Work No. 1197". The idea is for everyone who signs up to run all the bells in their house for as loudly as possible for three minutes. The concert, as such, is scheduled for 8 am on 27 July and will ring to welcome the 205 competing nations on the first day of the Games.
Meanwhile, according to Event magazine, approximately 10 million free tickets are being made available to members of the public for events including the Thames-side Music Festival, BT River of Music and BBC Radio 1's Hackney Weekend.
"The Olympic and Paralympics Games will be an astonishing event, and it's only right that we use the opportunity to showcase our world leading arts and culture when the eyes of the world are on us. The London 2012 Festival will give everyone the chance to have an Olympic experience, and leading the way will be the Playing the Games programme taking place at the Criterion Theatre, London's most beautiful West End theatre," Stephen Fry, the British comedian said to London 24.
"I think what I'm particularly proud of is if you look through the programme you have a lot of old favourites but you have a lot of innovation. If Shakespeare and Dickens are looking down I hope they are extremely proud of the culture and heritage to which they were so important," Cultural Secretary Jeremy Hunt said to London24.
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