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Cultural Olympiad

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The London 2012 Cultural Olympiad is the largest cultural celebration in the history of the modern Olympic and Paralympic Movements.

Since 2008, the Cultural Olympiad has featured programmes and projects inspired by London 2012, funded by our principal funders and sponsors. As part of the Cultural Olympiad:

  • More than 16 million people across the UK took have taken part in or attended performances.
  • Over 169,000 people have attended more than 8,300 workshops.
  • More than 3.7 million people took part in nearly 3,700 Open Weekend events.
  • Some 2,500 cultural projects have been awarded the London 2012 Inspire mark [link to Inspire].

The culmination of the Cultural Olympiad is the London 2012 Festival, providing over 10 million chances to see free world-class events throughout the UK.

To find out more about what’s been happening in the Cultural Olympiad around the UK, click on the links below.

London 2012 Festival


Artists Taking the Lead

Discovering Places

Film Nation: Shorts 

Legacy Trust UK

New Music 20x12

Stories of the World


London 2012 Festival

The London 2012 Festival is the biggest festival the UK has ever seen, running from 21 June – 9 September 2012.


A series of major commissions, Unlimited is the UK’s largest programme celebrating arts, culture and sport by deaf and disabled people.

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