London 2012 celebration locations unveiled- 24 Nov 2011 00:00:00
Three open-air locations in the heart of London will be transformed next year to offer hundreds of thousands of Londoners and visitors to the city the chance to join in the excitement of the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games.
Hyde Park, Victoria Park and Trafalgar Square are all set to be transformed for London Live, which will enable people to watch outdoor screenings of the 2012 sporting action and entertainment for free.
The Mayor of London, The Royal Parks, the London Borough of Tower Hamlets and international event promoters Live Nation have teamed up to create the event.
As well as giant screens for crowds to watch the Olympic and Paralympic Games, each location will provide a backdrop for a variety of entertainment and attractions for people of all ages, including live music, outdoor arts and performance - plus opportunities to try out different sports.
In addition, Live Nation will stage two very special Celebration Concerts in Hyde Park to coincide with two key milestones of the London 2012 Olympic Games, the Opening Ceremony on 27th July and the Closing Ceremony on 12th August.
Ticket prices and headline acts for these two concerts, along with details about the rest of the London Live programme, will be announced in early 2012.
London Live is part of a wide-ranging series of free public events and cultural activities being planned, which will take place across the capital during the 2012 Games.
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson said: ‘With the eyes of the world on London for the 2012 Games, we are creating a jam-packed programme of exciting events that will show the city at its very best and ensure as many people as possible across the capital feel a part of the celebrations.’
‘With its unbeatable locations London Live will be a thrilling highlight in a summer of highlights, allowing even more people to watch awe inspiring sporting heroes in high definition action for free, and other fantastic attractions for Londoners and visitors alike.’
Each London Live site is set to offer its own unique experiences.
The Royal Parks chief executive, Mark Camley, commented: ‘Eleven Olympic and Paralympic events will take place across six Royal Parks next summer and we are delighted that Hyde Park will not only be home to the Triathlon and Marathon Swimming events, but it is also set to host the largest Live Site in London. London Live in Hyde Park will allow sports fans to come together to celebrate the Olympic Games by viewing live events and by participating in a range of sports too.’
‘The atmosphere will be electric and The Royal Parks looks forward to welcoming thousands of visitors from London, the UK and around the world to the famous Hyde Park.’
John Probyn, COO of Live Nation, added: ‘We have a great pedigree of delivering fantastic open air events in Hyde Park and are excited to be working on delivering the same quality events in Victoria Park and Trafalgar Square for Londoners and visitors to the capital for the London 2012 Games. Our aim is to deliver one of London's biggest Olympic celebrations.’