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  1. 1. !"#$"#%&'(&%)*+,-./0Official guide 21 June to 9 September
  2. 2. % 1#+-$*%,2*%34-$* 5 Have a fabulous Festival 6 The Director’s cut Director Ruth Mackenzie gives a taste of the Festival programme 8 Where will you be on 21 June? Four sensational performances taking place on opening day 12 The unforgettable summer of 2012 Once-in-a-lifetime experiences 18 The great art escape Find something amazing happening near you 20 Free London Cultural experiences across the city 22 Artists who change the world Astonishing bodies of work from Hitchcock to Hirst 24 Swing into action Ring a bell to give the Games a rousing start 26 Unmissable Unlimited Disabled artists take up the challenge 28 The kids are alright Performances and exhibitions for kids to enjoy 30 How to book tickets All the information you need % 56,7%8*+-3#%9%:;2-<-,-"#+ 32 Objects to inspire Thomas Heatherwick designs 33 Event listings & Welcometo the London 2012 Festival! When the UK won the bid for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, we promised that this ‘once in a lifetime’ event would include a great cultural programme that could involve people nationwide. When we are asked why, we go back to the example of Ancient Greece, where the Olympic Games included artists as well as athletes. As recently as the London 1948 Games, artists were awarded medals along with the athletes. This Festival has invited artists from all over the world to create amazing events from Shetland to Cornwall, from Enniskillen to Edinburgh, from Hackney to Hadrian’s Wall – with more than 10 million FREE opportunities to take part. The Festival would not be possible without our cultural and community partners throughout the UK. But most of all, it simply would not have happened without our great funding partners and sponsors. We offer our huge thanks to them for what we hope will be a fantastic Festival for the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Seb Coe Chair, London 2012 Organising Committee Tony Hall Chair, Cultural Olympiad Board The London 2012 Festival is only possible thanks to the exceptional and generous support of our funders, sponsors and partners. We are enormously grateful to the following: Premier Partners of the London 2012 Festival Principal Funders of the London 2012 Festival Supporters of the London 2012 Festival
  3. 3. Find more information at = % >"?*$@ 43 Playing it for laughs Stephen Fry curates at the Criterion Theatre 44 Event listings 8/#A* 46 Power and beauty Dance inspired by extraordinary places 47 Event listings % )-0?7%B6"/$A/+,%9%8-3-,/0 53 New films Four new commissions by exciting UK film-makers 54 Event listings % C4+*4?+%9%D*6-,/3* 58 Magnificent feats Artefacts of Games history, including how the medals were forged 59 Event listings % % C4+-A 60 London’s great gig Performances along the Thames 62 Get in on the acts Radio 1’s biggest-ever free live music event 63 Event listings 70 BBC Proms 2012 How to Prom, plus full event listings % E4,$""6%9%>/6#-./0 78 Tricks of the light Fell runners illuminate the landscape in Edinburgh 79 Event listings % F"*,6@%9%G,"6@,*00-#3 84 A world of words The Poetry Parnassus festival 85 Event listings % H2*/,6*%9%F*6I"6?/#A* 87 Artist of the theatre The great director Robert Wilson 87 Wine, madness and ecstasy Three classics celebrating the Greek god Dionysus 87 In the limelight Julie Walters at the National Theatre 88 Event listings 96 All the world’s a stage A celebration of the world’s playwright, plus event listings % 8/-0@%8-/6@ 106 Plan your Festival day by day 134 The road to Rio Passing the baton 138 Winning teamwork Meet our sponsors This page: Circa & I Fagiolini – How Like an Angel page 88 Front cover: Rachel Whiteread, LOndOn 2O12 Back cover: Tracey Emin, Birds 2012 The posters are part of the Official London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Poster Display page 39
  4. 4. J Tinie Tempah, BBC Radio 1’s Hackney Weekend 2012 page 64 Outdoor and Carnival page 78
  5. 5. W ith thousands of performances and events around the UK, the London 2012 Festival promises an exciting summer of culture. It starts on 21 June and ends on 9 September, the last day of the Paralympic Games. Whether you love dance, music, comedy, theatre, fashion, art or film, you’ll find something you can get involved in.   Plan your Festival Inside you’ll find listings of all London 2012 Festival events taking place this summer – you can read about the highlights, browse events by artform category, or check out what’s happening today in your area using the Daily Diary – it’s up to you! Dive in and plan your festival. Hot tickets Many events in the Festival are free to attend, and these are clearly marked in the listings with a FREE symbol. For events where you need to reserve or buy a ticket in advance, we’ve given you the Box Office details of each venue. See page 30 for more details on how the listings work. Bring the kids The Festival is all about getting involved – so why not bring the kids? The ‘family friendly’ symbol in the listings shows those events that There are millions of opportunities to take part in the London 2012 Festival, many completely free – here’s how to find something you’ll love Have a fabulous Festival Find more information at K have been created with families and young people in mind – you can also read about some of our events for children on page 28-29. The Festival on your doorstep The Festival is bringing the spirit of the Games to you, with thousands of events in every corner of the UK. The Daily Diary is broken down by nation and region, so you can find something near you at a glance. You can also search for events using your postcode or home town at Get connected We’ve crammed in as much as we can, but there’s even more to come! We’ll be running some surprise pop-up events during the Festival, as well as offering plenty of exclusive looks behind-the-scenes, special ticket offers and competitions – and our online followers will be first to hear! Our website also includes more details on each Festival event, including access information, ticket prices, start times and video previews. So make sure you don’t miss out... Visit us online at Like us on Facebook: Follow us on Twitter: @london2012fest
  6. 6. L How do you create a ‘once in a lifetime’ festival? The Olympic and Paralympic Games come to our home country once in a lifetime, and we faced the challenge to deliver a London 2012 Festival just as amazing. We started by giving world-class artists the same chance as the athletes: to create once-in-a-lifetime special events – the best from around the world working with the best of British. We asked arts centres and creative leaders for their top ideas. Then we chose the most exciting to be in this showcase of brilliant musicians, comics, film stars, museums, galleries, theatres, dance companies, carnival makers, acrobats, poets and much, much more. The stakes are high – the eyes of the world will be on us this summer; but if we get the Festival right, people will remember 2012 not just for amazing moments of sport, but for unforgettable art as well. What can people do for free? It is really important that everybody gets the chance to take part in the London 2012 Festival, so we have over 10 million FREE tickets and opportunities – all over the UK, not just in London. We have free concerts, exhibitions and special outdoor spectaculars at some of the UK’s most beautiful landmarks – Stonehenge, the Tower of London, Giant’s Causeway, Zaha Hadid’s new museum on the River Clyde, the shore of Cardiff Bay and places near you. All free, but please check if you need to book in advance. It’s a great chance to experiment with something new, see artists or take part for free in events you may never experience again. Have the Games inspired the artists? Of course. Take the idea of Olympic Truce: in Ancient Greece, all nations agreed to stop fighting to listen to the artists and watch the athletes. The United Nations still has a resolution before each Games, and this year we can enjoy pop stars, musicians and artists in all art forms inspired by this theme of world peace. The Paralympic Games have inspired our funders to set up Unlimited, a special programme to commission our best disabled and deaf artists. The results are incredible, and I know that disabled artists will be up there in the greatest hits of the London 2012 Festival. Can people be creative and take part? We really want people to take part, to be creative themselves. With the Big Dance, for example, we hope five million people will join us in dancing all around the UK. This is the true spirit of the Cultural Olympiad – the formal name of the creative programme we have been running since 2008 with the help of 16 million people, building up to its finale, the London 2012 Festival. What do you recommend? With thousands of events, 10 million free tickets and opportunities, comedy and TV stars, world-famous musicians, top tips for the stars of tomorrow, artists new and old from around the world and spectacular venues all over the UK, where do I start? Only you can tell us what was unforgettable – what will go down in history as the best event of 2012. We have worked with partners in communities all over the UK and with festivals and creators all over the world to make a summer like no other. All that’s left is for you to join us and, most important of all, have great fun! ‘IF WE GET THE FESTIVAL RIGHT, PEOPLE WILL REMEMBER 2012 NOT JUST FOR AMAZING SPORT, BUT FOR UNFORGETTABLE ART AS WELL’ RUTH MACKENZIE LONDON 2012 FESTIVAL DIRECTOR F rom Midsummer’s Day on 21 June to the last day of the London 2012 Games on 9 September, the London 2012 Festival hopes to astonish and delight the UK with an explosion of arts and creativity all over the country. There are more than 10 million free tickets and opportunities to take part: Festival Director Ruth Mackenzie invites you to join the fun.
  7. 7. Find more information at M H2*%8-6*A,"6N+%A4, A taste of Festival experiences that will live with you forever Towering over the Olympic Park Anish Kapoor’s The Orbit: a 115-metre high sculpture that will remain a monument to the Games. Page 42 The world’s playwright The World Shakespeare Festival: a celebration of the great playwright’s impact on our lives. Page 96 Pushing boundaries Unlimited: this programme spotlights the talents of deaf and disabled artists. Page 26 Three ways to appreciate Wilson Robert Wilson in London, Enniskillen and Norfolk. Pages 65, 91, 93 Acrobatic extremes in the city Streb: Extreme Action: Elizabeth Streb’s troupe reimagines London’s landmarks. Page 83 Dancing the globe Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch: profiling 10 world cities in a celebration of the legendary choreographer. Page 52 Film legend’s sporting short Mike Leigh’s A Running Jump: a short film about love and sport in east London. Page 56 Making ancient walls communicate YesYesNo’s Connecting Light pulses messages along the 73 miles of Hadrian’s Wall. Page 59 Rocking the world Peace One Day’s Global Truce Concert: from the heart of Derry/Londonderry. Page 67 Let the music flow BT River of Music: six stages with artists from five continents beside iconic landmarks on the River Thames. Page 64 The transformative power of music The Big Concert: young players from Scotland and Venezuela under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel. Page 69 Biggest-ever Radio 1 live music event BBC Radio 1’s Hackney Weekend 2012: free to an audience of 100,000 and broadcast. Page 64 The song king Damon Albarn’s Dr Dee: a new opera about the Elizabethan magician. Page 65 Illuminating the past Compagnie Carabosse: transforming Stonehenge into a Fire Garden. Page 79 Beethoven at the Proms Daniel Barenboim’s West-Eastern Divan in a complete Beethoven symphonies cycle. Page 72-73 Heroines of comedy Trailblazers: special screenings in tribute to the funniest women of British television. Page 45 Helicopters in harmony The world premiere of the opera that Stockhausen saw as his masterpiece, Mittwoch aus Licht. Page 69 Lighting the way Cardiff’s Paralympic Flame Festival: an exciting build-up to the opening of the Paralympic Games. Page 81 A star of the Tate Olafur Eliasson: the artist who drew vast crowds with The Weather Project collaborates with the Tate. Page 39 Surprises round the corner Pop-up performances: unexpected, one-off events showing the UK in a new light. Stonehenge Fire Garden, page 79
  8. 8. Where will you be on 21June? ‘A stunningly choreographed, large-scale firework spectacular underscored with furious, elemental percussion and dance, On the Night Shift explores enlightenment versus obscurity, destruction versus regeneration and light versus darkness’ Julie Tait, Director, Lakes Alive The London 2012 Festival starts on a high with four thrilling events lined up for the opening day O When the Olympic Flame comes to Lake Windermere on 21 June it will spark an evening of explosive sound and spectacle. French pyrotechnic wizards Les Commandos Percu will be setting the sky ablaze and filling the air with rhythmic drumbeats from their unique fusion of fireworks and percussion work. Part of the Lakes Alive season, this free spectacular will be the world premiere of the company’s new show On the Night Shift, which will include music and dance, and will feature specially selected UK artists. Lakes Alive: Les Commandos Percu – On The Night Shift, page 80 1. On the Night Shift Lakes Alive, Bowness-on-Windermere
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  10. 10. (' In a community of only 3,000 people, the 450 children under 12 years old practise four nights a week. Everyone learns together, no one is turned away. The results, musically and socially, are amazing. ‘Heaven knows what kind of hip hop will come out of here,’ says George Anderson, one of the Big Noise team. ‘What will these kids do when they know how to arrange a string quartet and put samples on it and use beat boxes?’ For the children, rehearsing together has become a way of life. ‘It’s brought a lot of music into Raploch and made a lot of difference,’ says William, an 11-year-old cellist. Musical fireworks El Sistema changed countless lives in Venezuela, none more than for Dudamel, who rose to become the youngest ever conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. On 21 June he will lead a concert in the shadow of Stirling Castle for an audience of 8,000 people, which will show the musical talent of all the young people, Scottish and Venezuelan, with musical and real fireworks to finish the evening. The Big Concert, page 69 ‘I’ll have butterflies in my tummy but I’ll be jumping on my toes. I’m always excited for concerts, but sometimes I’m really nervous – and this one has 8,000 people’ William, 11, cello player A small Scottish suburb may seem like a strange place to make musical history, but on 21 June the children of Raploch will be conducted by one of the greatest conductors in the world, Gustavo Dudamel, together with the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra from Venezuela, who travel the world with him. Making a Big Noise But the musical history started years ago, with the Big Noise project offering children in Raploch the chance to learn an orchestral musical instrument, working on the same philosophy pioneered years before by El Sistema in Venezuela. 2. The Big Concert Raploch, Stirling
  11. 11. Find more information at (( Edward Gardner and Simon Halsey raise their batons together for the UK premiere of Weltethos (Global Ethos). It was originally commissioned by Sir Simon Rattle for the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. The six movements each portray one of the world’s major religions: Confucianism, Judaism, Hinduism, Islam, Buddhism and Christianity. Two conductors will harness the massed forces of the specially enlarged orchestra, pipe organ, speaker and three choruses in a deeply moving call for greater global understanding. City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, CBSO Chorus, CBSO Youth Chorus & Children’s Chorus. Jonathan Harvey’s Weltethos – City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, page 66 ‘Music has an important role to play in society because, in my opinion, it is the most spiritual of all the arts’ Jonathan Harvey, composer, Weltethos ‘It feels a lot better doing things for other people than doing things for yourself’ Jude Law, Peace One Day Ambassador As ambassador for Peace One Day, there’s only one place you’ll find actor Jude Law on 21 June – in the heart of Derry/Londonderry’s new cultural quarter. There, in the shadow of the sparkling new Peace Bridge, historic Ebrington Parade Ground will rock with the hope of the Peace One Day Global Truce 2012 concert. This will be the first major event to take place in the former army barracks, and the echoes of the soldiers marching will be pushed firmly back in history as the walls resonate with music from a star-studded line-up of artists. It’s the perfect location to inspire reconciliation and change on the day that will mark the three-month countdown to Peace Day 2012, the focus of Peace One Day’s Global Truce 2012 campaign. Peace One Day was founded by filmmaker Jeremy Gilley back in 1999, with the aim of establishing an annual day of global ceasefire and non-violence on 21 September. Since then, the campaign has inspired action on Peace Day throughout all sectors of society, in every country of the world. And in 2007 and 2008, Gilley and Law travelled to Afghanistan to spearhead an initiative that has resulted in the vaccination against polio of 4.5 million children due to Peace Day agreements. A second concert will take place at London’s Wembley Arena on Peace Day 21 September 2012. Peace One Day, page 67 4. Weltethos – Jonathan Harvey Symphony Hall, Birmingham 3. Peace One Day Global Truce Countdown Concert Derry/Londonderry
  12. 12. (& The unforgettable summer of 2012It’s here: from the Isle of Wight to the Isle of Lewis, in helicopters, warehouses, barges, galleries and theatres – a nationwide arts festival of unprecedented scope. We’ve picked out many exciting events, but there are loads more. From world premieres to free festivals and outdoor spectaculars, the Festival offers experiences that the UK will remember forever. E lizabeth Streb and her extraordinary dancers deliver one of the most memorable free shows of the London 2012 Festival as they leap, dance, swoop and catapult themselves around some of the capital’s major landmarks. Brooklyn-based choreographer Streb, 62, has earned a formidable reputation for pushing herself and her dancers (she calls them action specialists) to the very limits of human endurance. Their daredevil performances incorporate aspects of free-running, rodeo and gymnastics. Reviewers have called her the Evel Knievel of dance. ‘Air is the ultimate public space,’ she told Time Out New York. The team is recruiting and training UK dancers so it will be a true New York/London collaboration. Streb: Extreme Action – One Extraordinary Day is performing from dawn until dusk in a series of pop-up surprises around the capital. To find out where and when, follow London 2012 Festival on Twitter @london2012fest or visit Streb: Extreme Action – One Extraordinary Day, page 83 8/6*$*.-0%+,4#,+%".*6%!"#$"#
  13. 13. Find more information at (= Damon Albarn is performing in his own opera Dr Dee this summer at English National Opera. It is directed by Rufus Norris and tells the story of the mysterious Dr Dee, a spy (code number allegedly 007) and mystic who lived hundreds of years ago, and died on a secret mission abroad. He was a regular at Queen Elizabeth I’s court, and is said to be the model for William Shakespeare’s Prospero. For the music, Albarn makes use of his innate gift for melody and brilliance in mixing genres. He explores his own English roots, and adds aspects of grand opera and Elizabethan masques to his pop culture and world music influences. Albarn’s musical ensemble, featuring traditional instruments including an old English lute, joins him on stage adding Elizabethan flair to the orchestral score. Damon Albarn’s Dr Dee, page 65 Come to Cardiff on 27 August and follow the magical glow of the lantern procession as the Paralympic Flame is lit at Cardiff Bay. Surprise stars, community groups, Paralympians and a stage of great performers come together in a free spectacular to remember. The Welsh Flame then travels to Stoke Mandeville, to unite with Flames from England, Scotland and Northern Ireland, and start the final journey to the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games. ‘Albarn makes use of his innate gift for melody and brilliance in mixing genres’ C/3-A/0%"Q*6/%<@%50</6#
  14. 14. (J MUSIC, LOVE & LAUGHTER Left: Tales of the Riverbank Comedy Barge. Below: Peace Camp. Right: Shingai Shoniwa from the Noisettes will perform at BT River of Music. Below right: Ninagawa Company at the Barbican, for the World Shakespeare Festival Take a group of comics, a barge and a wifi connection (at least some of the time), promise some digital comedy classes, pop-up gigs by the canalside, and surprise star guests. Ask them all to sail on canals from London to Edinburgh’s celebrated Fringe venue, The Pleasance, and give them a deadline. What could possibly go wrong? Tales of the Riverbank Comedy Barge, page 45 Peace Camp is just one of the ways you can participate in the London 2012 Festival – and experience one of its most powerful themes: the appeal for global truce. Eight glowing encampments are appearing simultaneously at beautiful and remote coastal locations around the UK – from County Antrim to the tip of Cornwall, from the Isle of Lewis to the Sussex cliffs. A collaboration by renowned director Deborah Warner and actress Fiona Shaw, the installations are designed to be visited between dusk and dawn, and feature the audible murmuring of love poetry from within the tents. You can contribute to Peace Camp online by nominating your favourite love poems, and submitting your own message to create an online anthology that celebrates our rich poetic tradition. Peace Camp, page 85 !".*%Q"*,6@%/6"4#$%,2*%A"/+, H2*%</63*%,2/,%0/432+
  15. 15. Find more information at (K More than a thousand artists from around the world will take part in 72 Shakespeare productions Incredible performers from every one of the 205 nations taking part in the London 2012 Games are playing at iconic Thames-side locations in the BT River of Music. This amazing festival, with over 160,000 free tickets, celebrates the spirit of the Games by teaming major artists with young musicians to create unique collaborations. Six stages, representing the world’s major continents, will present two days of live music, DJs and a party atmosphere on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 July. Artists include Scissor Sisters, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, Baaba Maal, Angelique Kidjo, Zakir Hussain, Andy Sheppard and  the Noisettes. BT River of Music, page 60 Shakespeare’s global influence is celebrated in the World Shakespeare Festival. Produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company, it’s an unprecedented collaboration with leading UK and international arts organisations, and with Globe to Globe, a major international programme produced by Shakespeare’s Globe. There will be performances and events in more than 25 venues around the UK from Edinburgh to South Wales. The Open Stages project gives amateur companies the chance to perform on the RSC’s stages in Stratford-upon-Avon, while anyone can join in online through the digital project My Shakespeare. World Shakespeare Festival, page 96. See also BBC Shakespeare season, p55 L%I6**%?4+-A%+,/3*+%/0"#3%,2*%H2/?*+% G2/R*+Q*/6*%I6"?%/00%".*6%,2*%S"60$
  16. 16. (L AFRICAN FESTIVAL Top: African art and performance will pervade the streets of Manchester West Africa in Manchester: ‘We face neither East nor West, we face Forward,’ said Kwame Nkrumah, the first President of Ghana. His words are the inspiration for a great festival of West African contemporary art, fashion, photography, video, installations, music and more. Manchester’s main galleries have joined forces for the first time to present this free city-wide exhibition, which also offers children’s storytelling, workshops and special surprises such as a touring, have-a-go-yourself art-bus modelled on the flamboyant taxi-buses found in Senegal and Mali. We Face Forward, page 42 C/#A2*+,*6%?**,+%5I6-A/ The hot choreographer in Berlin, Constanza Macras works for the first time with National Theatre Wales, taking brave audiences into the darkness of the forest of North Wales. For the unaware in Cardiff town centre, billboards turn into screens and the adventures in the forest become dance videos on a giant scale. Playing with dance and immersive theatre, handheld cameras capture scary rites of passage to bring ancient Welsh myths vividly alive. Once seen, never forgotten! Branches, page 88 A horse and waggon, Rolls Royce and vintage motorcycle & sidecar are just some of the modes of transport the runners in Hansel of Film will employ. In this wonderfully wacky relay race, volunteers share the route from Shetland to Southampton and back, passing on short films as their baton. The handover points en route are venues for the screenings of the films that have been made by the public all around the UK. A Hansel of Film – Shetland to Southampton and Back, page 54 Ensemble by Benin artist Meschac Gaba C/3-A/0%<*-#3+
  17. 17. UK fashion designers and artists have come together to create special one-off works of art inspired by the Games. Britain Creates 2012: Fashion and Art Collusion brings together an array of glittering talent, including Giles Deacon and Jeremy Deller, Paul Smith and Charming Baker, Jonathan Saunders (whose work is pictured, left) and Jess Flood-Paddock, Stephen Jones and Cerith Wyn Evans, Hussein Chalayan and Gavin Turk, Matthew Williamson and Mark Titchner. The artists are sewing, the fashion designers are casting in bronze; anything is possible. Britain Creates 2012, page 35 It’s being staged in a former warehouse in Birmingham and will feature a string quartet streamed live from four flying helicopters. The much-anticipated world premiere of Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Mittwoch aus Licht promises to be a musical and theatrical revelation. The most significant 20th-century composer of electronic music, Stockhausen regarded Mittwoch as his masterpiece. He is reputed to have prayed daily for its first complete performance in order to spread its message of love and collaboration through the central characters Eve, Lucifer and Michael. This production by Birmingham Opera Company will be the first time all six parts of the opera have been staged together. Mittwoch aus Licht / Wednesday from Light, page 69 %G,6-#3%T4/6,*,%-#%2*0-A"Q,*6+ Find more information at (M )/+2-"#%9%/6,%A"004+-"#%
  18. 18. ( K J (O The great art escape Who says drama has to be confined to theatres and art trapped in galleries? The Festival is setting imaginative and original pieces free to inhabit unusual and beautiful locations across the nation Giant’s Causeway Hans Peter Kuhn – Flags: The dramatic landscape seen in a new light. p59 Belfast Land of Giants: Northern Ireland’s largest-ever outdoor arts event. p80, 81 LLandow, Wales Y Storm: Welsh translation of Shakespeare’s The Tempest with live music and magic. p105 Ilkley Jez Colborne – Irresistible: Open-air choral symphony by the Bradford musician. p66 Valtos, Isle of Lewis Peace Camp: Love-poetry- inspired encampments on the coast. p85
  19. 19. (M (= L (L (K P M (& Find more information at (P Edinburgh Speed of Light: Runners in glowing suits light up Arthur’s Seat at night. p81 Borders Forest Pitch: Football matches in the middle of the woods. p36 Windermere On The Night Shift: Pyrotechnics and percussion by the lakeside. p80 Ripon How Like an Angel: Aerial circus skills in the country’s finest cathedrals. p88 Aldeburgh Aldeburgh World Orchestra: Musicians from across the globe form an orchestra. p63 Stonehenge Fire Garden: The monument transformed into a glowing fairytale environment. p79 Bexhill Hang On A Minute Lads: A full-size coach dangles off De La Warr Pavilion. p40 Telford Kurt Hentschläger – CORE: Digital projections at Ironbridge Gorge. p38 Bristol See No Evil: Street artist Inkie creates Europe’s largest street art festival. p40 Hadrian’s Wall Connecting Light: art that pulses messages along the length of the wall. p59 London Mark Rylance in pop-up Shakespeare all around the capital. p95 Nottingham and Birmingham Mandala: 3D architectural projection is fused with South Asian dance and music p80 (( (( & O (J = ('
  20. 20. Free LondonThe capital will be fizzing with live arts events, festivals, exhibitions and street art during the Festival – and dozens of them are free. Here’s our pick of the best &' 56,%/,,/AR Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2012 Hyde Park Powerhouse architectural art from Ai Weiwei and Herzog & de Meuron. p33 Rachel Whiteread façade Whitechapel Gallery You can admire Whiteread’s beautiful new frieze from the street (and the gallery’s free too). p40 Tate Modern Oil Tanks Experience Tate’s dramatic new performance space (pictured right) with Fase (p50), Ei Arakawa (p36) and Tania Bruguera (p93). 50%I6*+A"%I4# Inside Out National Theatre Outdoor spectaculars and activities for kids. p81 West End Live Trafalgar Square A star-spangled spectacular featuring casts from every West End musical. p95 The Royal Ballet Royal Opera House The 2012 BP Summer Big Screen relays a live performance of the ROH’s Metamorphosis: Titian. p52 SHOWTIME: Entertainment Everywhere Entertainment in all 33 London Boroughs, including Theater Tol/Akademi (pictured left). p83
  21. 21. Find more information at &( U*,%-#,"%,2*%U/?*+ G+22V%1,N+%/%+*A6*, SECRETS: Hidden London City-wide Discover another side of London, along its canals (The Owl and the Pussycat), in its lidos (Like a Fish Out of Water), and on its hills (Northala Fields, pictured left). p82 The Pineapple Banqueting House Blackfriars A tropical-fruit-shaped gastro surprise from jelly makers extraordinaire Bompass & Parr. p42 Streb Extreme Action Awe-inspiring acrobatics in and around London landmarks. p83 BBC Radio 1’s Hackney Weekend 2012 Hackney Marshes Megastars including Jay-Z and Rihanna take the stage for Radio 1’s biggest free event. p64 BT River of Music Along the Thames Six stages of music from all over the world in a free weekend festival for more than 160,000 spectators. p60 Urban Classic Waltham Forest Town Hall A groundbreaking mashup between the BBC Symphony Orchestra and urban acts including Ms Dynamite (pictured right) and Fazer. p69 The London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games Medals British Museum Learn the fascinating life story of the London 2012 medals. p59 Olympic and Paralympic Posters Tate Britain On display are the12 official Games posters (some pictured left), from a roster of the UK’s biggest artists. p39 BT Road to 2012 National Portrait Gallery Photos exhibition of the people behind the Games, from unsung heroes to athletes. p35 The Olympic Journey Royal Opera House Treasures from the Olympic Museum in Switzerland illustrate the history of the Games. p59 Big Dance City-wide Dancing in the streets – and the parks, palaces, museums, and libraries – from performers and the public. p47 C4+-A%"4,$""6+ B-3%8/#A*
  22. 22. 3. Tracey Emin: She Lay Down Deep Beneath The Sea Emin explores love, sex and romanticism at the Turner Contemporary Gallery in her home town of Margate. Works on erotic subjects by Emin, JMW Turner and Auguste Rodin will be presented together for the first time. Page 42 2. Jubilation: The Music of George Benjamin Virtuoso concerts drawing together a great range of Benjamin’s music. It centres on the Philharmonia Orchestra’s performance of ‘Jubilation’, his 1985 work for orchestra, mixed children’s group and choir, conducted by the composer. Page 66 1. Damien Hirst An insight into Hirst’s work at Tate Modern. More than 70 works will provide a survey of the 25 years this influential and controversial artist has been in the public eye. Page 36 6. The Genius of Hitchcock The BFI National Archive has restored a series of Alfred Hitchcock’s silent masterpieces to their former glory. Musical luminaries such as Nitin Sawhney and Soweto Kinch have written new scores, which will be performed live at Festival screenings. Page 57 4. Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch Sadler’s Wells and the Barbican are staging a major retrospective of choreographer Pina Bausch. The season features 10 works (seven UK premieres), each created at the invitation of a global city and exploring a different location. Page 52 5. DruidMurphy Three plays by Tom Murphy tell the epic story of Irish immigration from 1846 to 1980. The Tony Award-winning Druid Theatre Company performs the plays over the course of three evenings or in an entire cycle on one day. Page 89 && Artists who change the world The Festival has invited rare collections of work from great figures of contemporary art, music, theatre, film, comedy and dance, giving unparalleled insights into their art =W KW (W &W JW
  23. 23. 12. Trailblazers – Britain’s Queens of TV Comedy Joyce Grenfell, Hattie Jacques and Diana Dors are among the icons honoured in this five-show retrospective of women in TV comedy, which goes right up to the 80s. Each themed night will be introduced by one of today’s comedy stars. Page 45 10. Happy Days Beckett Festival The world’s first festival dedicated to the works of Samuel Beckett in Enniskillen. Including work by Antony Gormley, Atom Egoyan and Gavin Bryars. A highlight will be Robert Wilson directing his solo performance of the masterpiece Krapp’s Last Tape. Page 91 8. Yoko Ono The Serpentine Gallery’s exhibition examines Ono’s huge impact on contemporary art, music, film and performance. It includes her new project SMILE, for which people upload images of themselves smiling to create a global anthology of online portraits. Page 42 7. Lucian Freud Portraits This ambitious exhibition compiles work from the 70 years Freud was an active painter before he died last year. The National Portrait Gallery has assembled more than 100 paintings from galleries and collections all over the world. Page 38 9. David Hockney RA: A Bigger Picture Hockney is regarded as one of the UK’s most accomplished living artists. This showcased stunning landscapes revealing Hockney’s native Yorkshire through the seasons alongside earlier works. 11. Alan Ayckbourn Alan Ayckbourn’s remarkable repertoire of plays for young people is represented by Soho Theatre’s production of The Boy Who Fell into a Book. A double-bill of a classic and new Ayckbourn play will play in Chichester and Scarborough. Page 88 Find more information at &= ('W (&W PW ((W MW LW OW DavidHockney:“ThearrivalofspringinWoldgate,EastYorkshirein2011 (twentyeleven)-2January,no.2”(Oneofa52partwork)iPaddrawing printedonpaper563/4x421/2"©DavidHockney. LucianFreud:“Reflection(self-portrait)”,1985,privatecollection,Ireland ©TheLucianFreudArchive.Photo:CourtesyLucianFreudArchive
  24. 24. &J Swing into action 27 July is the first day of the London 2012 Games. And if artist Martin Creed has his way, it will go off with a clang in one of many Festival events that invite you to be part of the art O n the morning of 27 July the whole of the UK will wake up with a joyous ringing in their ears. That’s the intention of Turner Prize-winning artist Martin Creed, whose latest work, All The Bells, is an open invitation for the whole nation to ring whatever bell they have to hand, for three minutes between 8am and 8.03am, to launch the opening day of the London 2012 Games. ‘The sound of bells to herald a big event is what bells were made for,’ said Creed enthusiastically, ‘which is why I thought it would be good for the Games. And also because bells are one of the oldest and loudest musical instruments, with a sound that can carry for miles without amplification. The idea is to make a great big celebratory sound and that anyone can take part, with a handbell or bicycle bell or whatever, so that it’s totally democratic. I’m hoping that professional church bell-ringers don’t feel that it’s being disrespectful to their craft, because I’d like them to be involved. But I don’t think that a big bell is better than a small bell, so I want to make a piece of music that reflects that. That’s why it’s not a composition. I don’t want people to play a melody; I want a cacophony.’ Sign up online Everyone planning to participate can sign up at, where they will be able to download a special free ringtone that the artist is creating. ‘It’s not a phone pretending to be a bell,’ said Creed. ‘I’m including actual samples from as many different bells as possible – including doorbells, cowbells and big church bells.’ Creed initiated a smaller-scale version of this project in the Italian town of San Gimignano in 2000, when he invited the churches in the town to ring their bells. This time the outcome of the Games version of All The Bells depends not just on engaging the interest of churches, but on the maximum voluntary participation of an entire
  25. 25. To sign up to ring a bell, go to ...and you’ll get an exclusive free Martin Creed ringtone Find more information at &K Some other ways you can join in U*,%-#."0.*$V StoryLab Children’s summer creative fun sorted. p85 Radio 1 Academy Learn business, arts, career and media skills in the run-up to BBC Radio 1’s Hackney Weekend 2012. p60 Kids Week in the West End Cool events, workshops and prizes in central London. p90 Tino Sehgal – The Turbine Hall Commission People power propels this major work. p42 World Record Improv! Head for Barnsley to take part in this mass improvisation event. p45 Let’s dance! Britain is experiencing a dance epidemic. It’s the country’s fastest growing artform, and the number of young people attending classes has almost doubled in the past four years. So expect the nation to go crazy for Big Dance, the London 2012 Festival’s irresistible dance celebration. Big Dance takes place over nine days from 7 to 15 July and invites the entire British public to get up off the sofa and boogie, pirouette, jive, salsa or otherwise shake their stuff. You can join in classes, workshops, courses, flashmobs and competitions, and if you need to catch your breath you can also take in breathtaking performances and film screenings. Be a record breaker At 1pm on the day the Olympic Flame arrives in the UK (18 May) thousands of schoolchildren all over the world will attempt to break the record for the largest simultaneous multi-venue dance. At the time of going to press, the record is held by the Netherlands, with 264,188 people dancing in 1,472 locations. The record-breaking hopefuls will be learning a routine by Wayne McGregor, resident choreographer at the Royal Ballet, which they will dance on the day to an original score by Scanner and Joel Cadbury. McGregor said: ‘Young dancers throughout Britain and in our partner countries worldwide will share a moment in time, dancing together and in unison, sharing our passion for the artform we love.’ Big Dance 2012, pages 47-50 To join in, visit B ig Dance is the ultimate dance experience, showcasing just about every style of dance you can imagine and encouraging everyone to join in the fun. community: all of us. Is Creed worried about that? ‘The piece will stand or fall on how many people take part on the day. And it is an invitation, not a request. As I see it we’re a bit like kids saying – hey, everyone, come and play this great game with us. It’s a strange project because to ring every single bell in the country at the same time is an impossibility. But that’s also why I like it, because it’s reaching for the impossible.’ Martin Creed – Work No. 1197: All the bells in a country rung as quickly and as loudly as possible for three minutes, page 66
  26. 26. &L Unmissable Unlimited Festival, but she has also choreographed a Festival piece for the international dance company Candoco. ‘Ménage à Trois physically and technically is very big, and required working with a large team of designers, even though there are only two of us on stage’, she says. ‘The Candoco piece was the flipside of that – 12 performers, but a very small creative team.’ In just six years, Claire has achieved more than many dancers do. Does she think we are at a point where disability and mainstream arts are finally coming together? ‘It can only enrich all artforms if they are open to different lived experiences,’ she says. ‘If the work is of a high standard, there’s no longer any reason to think about it as “other”, except in the sense of it coming from other experiences.’ Candoco Unlimited, page 50 Ménage à Trois, page 50, 51 The Paralympic Games challenge disabled athletes to exceed their personal best. That’s why London 2012 Festival’s Unlimited programme invites deaf and disabled artists to raise their game – and they certainly have S he’s got a gift for self-expression and is renowned for her balletic grace, but what makes dancer and choreographer Claire Cunningham so extraordinary is that she never wanted to do it in the first place. ‘Not in the slightest,’ she admits from her Glasgow home. ‘I was quite set on becoming a singer and, within my heart of hearts, music is still my first love.’ Award-winning The way Claire tells it, she discovered dance in 2005 thanks to the US choreographer Jess Curtis and the performance artist Bill Shannon. It was with them that she first started to explore the use of her crutches on stage. Within two years her first show, Evolution, had been nominated for an award at the 2007 Dublin Fringe Festival. In her next work, ME (Mobile/Evolution), Claire integrated her crutches as fully into the performance as they are in her life. Turned into trapezes or used as props in intricate dance manoeuvres, they propelled her with an elegance and vigour that recalled both high-wire circus acts and ballet. It was a moving, life-affirming spectacle, and ME took a Herald Angel award at the 2009 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Claire is keen to share the credit. ‘I’ve been fortunate in having very supportive people around me. Even though I’m often on stage alone, there’s a huge team behind anything that I make. It’s vital to have that team behind you.’ Rich collaborations The Unlimited initiative has been a key part of that team. ‘The rich collaboration and the funding to make things a bit bigger has been marvellous,’ Claire says. ‘Working with the National Theatre of Scotland has been fantastic. I’m learning to work on a bigger scale and there are people there to make sure I’m not going to fall down. They’ve done it before and know what the hazards are. To have access to that level of knowledge is very reassuring.’ These new collaborations have led to Cunningham’s busiest year to date. Not only is she performing her fourth work, Ménage à Trois, as part of the London 2012
  27. 27. Find more information at &M ‘It can only enrich all artforms if they are open to different lived experiences’ Claire Cunningham WHAT IS NORMAL ANYWAY? What is normal? Who decides? The Dutch exhibition Niet Normaal: Difference on Display questions the very notion of normal by bringing together unusual work by artists such as Bob and Roberta Smith, Christine Borland, Ben Cove and Aaron Williamson. When it was first seen in Amsterdam, weekend visitors were even offered the chance to take a DNA test to see how ‘normal’ they really are. Niet Normaal, page 39 Diverse City – Breathe The show opening the London 2012 sailing events has a cast of 50 – some disabled. Page 79 Jez Colborne and Mind the Gap – Irresistible Ilkley Moor provides a rugged setting for Colbourne’s unusual choral symphony, which turns the cacophony of sirens into a work of musical beauty. Page 66 Paul Cummins – The English Flower Garden The ceramics artist has fired thousands of blooms (above), tailoring each to its location. Cummins hopes his work will help make art as accessible as the flowers he mimics. Page 40 Sinéad O’Donnell – CAUTION  Communication is the key to this venture, in which six visual and performance artists, collaborating across four continents, explore each other’s ideas. Page 41 Sue Austin – Creating the Spectacle Performance artist Sue Austin pushes a wheelchair to its limits in this underwater spectacular. Page 88 To read about the full Unlimited programme, visit All Unlimited commissions will be showcased at the Southbank Centre, London, 31 August – 9 September, during the Paralympic Games D",%,-AR*,+X%% Y#0-?-,*$
  28. 28. C hildren all around the UK can get involved with this summer’s London 2012 Festival – whether they’re performing in collaborative community extravaganzas, or simply reading a book. Join in Doctor Who The Festival sees the return of the sell-out live Doctor Who adventure, The Crash of the Elysium (page 94). Based on an idea by Steven Moffatt, it premiered at last year’s Manchester International Festival and is now taking up residence in Ipswich. Described by its creators, innovative theatre company Punchdrunk, as ‘an immersive adventure’, the show takes place inside a purpose-built labyrinth. It is centred around the mysterious disappearance of Victorian steamer the Elysium. It quickly turns into a race against time to defeat some of the Doctor’s deadliest enemies. The audience has one hour to save the Doctor, his TARDIS and the world. As most of the Manchester performances were just for children, we asked Jack Shorrock, aged 12, from Lancashire, for his verdict. ‘At the start I thought it was going to be a bit boring, but quickly realised it was going to be one of the best things I’d ever been to. It was like ‘The audience are the heroes, and it’s their mission’ Felix Barrett Artistic Director, Punchdrunk &O There are loads of ways for kids to get involved in the London 2012 Festival, with a fantastic variety of events to choose from. Don’t forget to look for the family-friendly logo in the listings The kids are alright 5%8"A,"6%Z2"%/$.*#,46*
  29. 29. being submerged right into the middle of a scary, real-life Doctor Who episode. The time whizzed by as so many exciting things happened. I liked it so much that I saw it twice and would happily go again. I’ll remember it forever.’ Jack is sworn to secrecy about exactly how the action unfolds, but expect time travel, aliens, planet-threatening jeopardy and lots of running. Inspired by peace Elysium packs the adrenaline-fuelled punch of attacking and defending the universe, but many of the other shows in the Festival have been inspired by the call for truce that occurs at the beginning of every Olympic Games. The Ambassador Theatre Group is taking the theme of The Sacred Truce (page 94) into local communities. Five regions each develop their own 15-minute segment. The work is connected digitally and performed in its entirety in the West End. Giving kids a buzz Bee Detective is a new outdoor performance that invites young audiences on an adventure into the inner sanctum of a beehive. The story centres on an extremely busy worker bee, Sophie Bee, whose happy and full life comes under threat. Set in a tent in an outside space, this intimate spectacle evokes the sights and sounds of a hive through inventive new technology and creative captioning, making the show dynamic and accessible for everyone, deaf and hearing. As well as acting the parts, all three bee characters will use elements of British Sign Language, and the show is fully captioned. Animal antics In Belfast, NI Opera takes its staging of Britten’s well-loved children’s opera, Noye’s Fludde, to a natural home: the zoo. After premiering the production at Belfast Zoo, the whole company sets out across the world to present further performances in Beijing Zoo. Big-screen fun Cinema-lovers should look out for local screenings of two funny and endearing animations. The Itch of the Golden Nit (page 57) is constructed from ideas and artwork by 34,000 children and assembled by Aardman Animations. Then there’s Joel Simon’s Macropolis, pictured above (page 56), in which a group of soft toys make a break from the production line and set out for the world beyond. Find more information at &P Great events for and by children D",%,-AR*,+ StoryLab Free fun for children: storytelling, reading and creating in local libraries and arts centres nationwide. Page 85 StoryCloud A web app of new illustrated stories, such as Down the Plughole (pictured above). Page 85 The Caucus Race Take a fantastic trip to Wonderland and join Alice and more of Lewis Carroll’s famous characters for the race where everybody wins. Expect dance, arts and outdoor fun. Page 83 Before Your Very Eyes – Campo and Gob Squad Seven actors aged eight to 14 are locked inside a room of one-way mirrors to look into their futures and look back at their past. Page 88 Alan Ayckbourn – The Boy Who Fell Into a Book Soho Theatre leads a programme celebrating Alan Ayckbourn’s brilliant plays for young people. Page 88 KidsWeek in the West End West End theatres throw open their doors for kids to test their star qualities. Page 90 In a Pickle Oily Cart and the RSC set out on a voyage of discovery through Shakespeare’s landscapes. Multi- talented performers create a total theatre experience for two- to four-year-olds. Page 100 The family-friendly icon in our listings pages means the event is suitable for families and young people %H"@+%"#%,2*%64# 5%I*+,-./0%"I%+,"6-*+
  30. 30. =' 8/-0@%8-/6@ The Daily Diary lists events day by day The title of the event The coloured icon shows you the category of the event – there’s a key at the bottom of each Diary page You can then see which events are taking place in each region – don’t forget some events are UK-wide, online or broadcast The page reference tells you where to look in the guide for more details The family-friendly icon means the event is particularly suitable for families and young people How to book tickets There are millions of opportunities to get involved in the London 2012 Festival. Here’s how to find something you’ll love Booking tickets Each event listing includes a website address where you can buy tickets or register for free tickets where the event is marked ‘FREE – ticket required’. If a listing says the event is FREE you don’t need to register for tickets in advance – just turn up. Some events will also give you the venue’s box office phone number if you’d prefer to book by phone. Access information Festival events take place across the UK in a huge variety of venues, and we aim to make the Festival accessible to all. The website or box office for each event will provide more specific access details. Event listings You can search for events in this guide by their event category. Or use the Daily Diary, which is broken down by region. Event categories Each category of event has its own colour – look for the colour of your desired category on the side of each listing page or next to the event name in the Daily Diary. Nations and regions We have divided the Daily Diary into nations and regions to help you find events near you. You can use the search function at to find events using your postcode or home town. Languages Where a performance is given in a language other than English, this has been indicated. Check the venue’s website for details of translation or surtitling. :.*#,%0-+,-#3+ A short description of the event The start and end dates of the event Venue and city If the event is marked FREE, just turn up. If it says ‘FREE – ticket required’, visit the website for details on how to reserve a free ticket Event website – visit for access and ticket information Box office – some venues provide a phone number for booking tickets The family-friendly icon highlights events created with families and children in mind. Check the website for suitability Event title
  31. 31. =( Event listings Choose from thousands of events and performances all around the UK, in the following categories !" 32 Art, Design & Exhibitions !" 43 Comedy !" 46 Dance !" 53 Film, Broadcast & Digital !" 58 Museums & Heritage !" 60 Music !" 78 Outdoor & Carnival !" 84 Poetry & Storytelling !" 86 Theatre & Performance All listings were correct at the time of going to press. For the most up-to-date details visit BBC Radio 1’s Hackney Weekend 2012: Jay-Z (page 64) Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch (page 52)
  32. 32. =&=& Great artists from around the world have created new commissions, installations, exhibitions, digital work and some pop-up surprises – many of which can be enjoyed for free. From Hans Peter Kuhn on the Giant’s Causeway to Alex Katz in St Ives, the artists have risen to the challenge of 2012 and its legacy Art, Design & Exhibitions The largest commission of all, the Orbit by Anish Kapoor (page 42), towers above the Olympic Stadium OBJECTS TO INSPIRE The first major solo exhibition of the work of Thomas Heatherwick’s design studio is held at the V&A. Feats of architecture, engineering and sculpture go on display with prototypes, design drawings and objects of inspiration. Founded in 1994, the Heatherwick Studio has received praise for its innovative and exciting designs. These include the UK Pavilion (Seed Cathedral) at the Shanghai World Expo 2010, the new design for the London double-decker bus and the 2012 Olympic Cauldron. Heatherwick Studio: Designing the Extraordinary, page 37
  33. 33. ==== Tino Sehgal – Turbine Hall • Tate Modern, London • Artists have used all kinds of materials to create the annual commission for Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall – from helter-skelter slides to millions of hand-crafted sunflower seeds – but Tino Sehgal doesn’t make objects of any kind. He prefers to construct a thought-provoking, and often fun, social encounter. All Turbine Hall commissions are free but are kept secret until they open. Tino Sehgal is famous for surprising audiences – his recent commissions for the Guggenheim in New York and Manchester International Festival showed the playful and disturbing sides that make his work unforgettable. Page 42 56,7%8*+-3#%9%:;2-<-,-"#+ After Gold Japanese artists create new works, including Atelier Bow-Wow’s straw towers and platforms along the Olympic Torch Relay route. FREE 30 June – 5 July Various Venues, Loughborough Ai Weiwei and Herzog & de Meuron – Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2012 Artist Ai Weiwei and architects Herzog & de Meuron mine the Serpentine’s lawn for archaeological inspiration. FREE 1 June – 14 October Serpentine Gallery, London 020 7402 6075 Alex Katz Cool and seductive canvases, spanning the full breadth of the Brooklyn-born artist’s career since the 1950s. 19 May – 23 September Tate St Ives, St Ives 01736 796226 Anthony McCall – Column A vertical, spinning column of cloud rising from the surface of Wirral Waters, visible across the North West and beyond. FREE East Float, Wirral Waters, Merseyside Antony Gormley – a new work The sculptor presents a new work inspired by Waiting for Godot. Part of Happy Days: Enniskillen International Beckett Festival. FREE 1 July – 27 August The Grand Yard at Castle Coole, Enniskillen 028 6632 2690 Arnie Somogyi, Robert Macfarlane and Jane & Louise Wilson – Orford Ness: A Response A collaborative cross art-form response to this important location and its history as a site for military experiments during the Cold War. 8 July – 30 July Orford Ness, Suffolk Art in the Park – Carsten Nicolai – Ifo spectrum A colourful representation of the five Olympic Rings as a dramatic, oscillating sound wave, using the colour spectrum of a sunset. From 27 July Olympic Park, London Merseyside is the site for Anthony McCall’s Column, a vertical cloud stretching as high as the eye can see
  34. 34. =J 56,7%8*+-3#%9%:;2-<-,-"#+ Art in the Park – Grenville Davey – Inter Alia The artist collaborates with local residents and the RCA on a series of personal interventions along the Central Park bridge. From 27 July Olympic Park, London Art in the Park – History Trees – Ackroyd & Harvey Beautifully engraved bronze and stainless steel rings are suspended in the crowns of three mature trees planted at the entrances into the Park, capturing an archive of local history. From 27 July Olympic Park, London Art in the Park – Keith Watson – Steles (Waterworks) These striking installations evoking nautical way- markers in vivid colours connect the parkland with the river flowing through it. From 27 July Olympic Park, London Art in the Park – Monica Bonvicini – RUN Acting as a mirror by day and glowing by night, three 9m-tall letters form a striking permanent artwork for the Copper Box. From 27 July Olympic Park, London Art in the Park – Winning Words A programme of permanent poems in the park includes specially commissioned works and in the Athletes’ Village an existing favourite nominated by the public. From 27 July Olympic Park, London Arthur Bispo do Rosário – Azul dos Ventos Explore the work of this visionary artist who continues to influence Brazilian art and whose global reputation continues to grow. FREE 13 August – 30 September V&A, London 020 7907 7073 Atom Egoyan – Steenbeckett The film director pays tribute to Beckett with this installation. Part of Happy Days: Enniskillen International Beckett Festival. FREE 11 August – 27 August The Clinton Centre, Enniskillen 028 6634 2806 Arthur Bispo do Rosário • V&A, London • Bispo do Rosário, one of Rio’s best-loved artists (1911-1989), died without ever considering himself an artist. Diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, he spent most of his life after 1938 in institutions in his native Brazil. His creative work began shortly after his first hospital admission, when he started to embroider found fabrics with Christian imagery and poetry. Before long, his work spread throughout the hospital on everything from asylum uniforms to bed sheets. This will be the first major show of his work in the UK, shared with the São Paulo Biennial. Jeff Koons’s car from BMW Art Cars, a collection of cars with bodywork designs by world-renowned artists
  35. 35. =K=K Cape Farewell – Sea Change: Things Unseen New solo work by visual artist Anne Bevan on the invisible life of the sea. FREE 3 August – 16 September Bonhoga Gallery, Shetland Cape Farewell – Sea Change: Things Unspoken New work by visual artists Anne Bevan and Andrea Roe exploring human and animal behaviour, natural history and the environment. FREE 24 May – 13 July Royal Society of British Sculptors, London 020 7373 8615 Cape Farewell – Sea Change: Water Works A series of video works about water as a resource developed and presented by Indian environmental artist Atul Bhalla. FREE 24 April – 4 June Taigh Chearsabhagh, North Uist 01870 603 970 21 June – 24 June An Tobar, Isle of Mull Cape Farewell – Sea Change: Ditty Boxes Sculptor John Cumming and furniture maker Cecil Tait collaborate on a travelling installation based on hand-made sailors’ boxes. FREE 18 May – 28 May SAMS Festival of the Sea, Oban 7 August – 28 August Shetland Museum, Shetland 01595 695 057 Cape Farewell – Sea Change: Na Fir Chlis/Aurora Borealis A collection of Gaelic poems from Rody Gorman inspired by Cape Farewell’s four-week expedition across the Hebrides in 2011. FREE 18 May – 28 May SAMS Festival of the Sea, Oban 21 June – 24 June An Tobar, Isle of Mull BMW Art Cars A collection of BMW bodywork designs by artists such as Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol and Jeff Koons. FREE – ticket required 20th July – 12 August Car Park in central London Boyd & Evans – Views The first major UK survey of Boyd & Evans’s work, including penetrating landscapes of the American Southwest. FREE 18 July – 2 September Ikon Gallery, Birmingham 0121 248 0708 BP Portrait Awards – Next Generation A series of events aimed at encouraging young artists inspired by the free BP Portrait Award exhibition. FREE – ticket required 21 June – 23 September National Portrait Gallery, London 020 7306 0055 Britain Creates 2012: Fashion + Art Collusion Leading British fashion designers and artists including Hussein Chalayan, Giles Deacon and Jeremy Deller collaborate to celebrate London 2012. FREE 6 July – 29 July V&A, London 020 7907 7073 BT Road to 2012 Portraits of the people behind London 2012 – from those staging the event to athletes like Ellie Simmonds, Phillips Idowu and Jessica Ennis. FREE 19 July – 23 September National Portrait Gallery, London 020 7306 0055 Cape Farewell – Sea Change: Bird Yarns Artist Deirdre Nelson and Mull’s knitters create a flock of lost Arctic terns, then provide a welcome of food, music and poetry. FREE Hebridean tiger moths studied during Cape Farewell’s boat expedition across the Scottish Islands Search for events near you at
  36. 36. =L 56,7%8*+-3#%9%:;2-<-,-"#+ DASH Arts – M21 Disabled artists explore what it’s like to live in middle England, from medieval to modern times. As part of Unlimited. FREE 5 May – 6 May The Priory Hall, Much Wenlock 31 August – 9 September Southbank Centre, London 0844 847 9910 Design Stories – The Architecture behind 2012 Films, images, models and a new 14m mural showcase the design stories behind London’s newest architectural landmarks. FREE 25 June – 21 September Royal Institute of British Architects, London 020 7307 3694 Douglas Gordon – The End of Civilisation A piano burns in this epic film from the celebrated Scottish artist, set against the stark northern landscape. FREE – ticket required 5 July – 6 July Tyne Theatre, Newcastle upon Tyne Caroline Bowditch – Leaving Limbo Landing Experience performance artist and disabled dance-maker Bowditch’s new collaborative installation. As part of Unlimited. FREE 31 August – 9 September Southbank Centre, London 0844 847 9910 Casa Brazil An exhibition of the hottest talent in Brazilian arts and design as part of Casa Brazil’s cultural programme. 21 July – 8 September Somerset House, London 020 7845 4600 Craig Coulthard – Forest Pitch A forest in the Scottish Borders becomes home to a full-size football pitch for two games only in Coulthard’s arts project. 21 July Clarilawmuir Plantation, near Selkirk Crystal Ball Nine new single-screen media works from Asian and European artists, commissioned by Samsung for the IOC collection. FREE 11 August – 12 August De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill 01424 229100 29 August – 2 September Abandon Normal Devices Festival, across the North West Damien Hirst The first substantial survey of the work of Damien Hirst, one of the most prominent British artists to emerge in the 1990s. 4 April – 9 September Tate Modern, London 020 7887 8888 Damien Hirst continues to divide opinion about his works, which have become iconic symbols of Britart Edmund de Waal Ceramicist and best-selling author Edmund de Waal exhibits a new series of works created for the opulent interiors of the Manor. 20 April – 28 October Waddesdon Manor, Aylesbury 01296 653226 Ei Arakawa New commission by the award-winning, New York-based Japanese artist. FREE 24 July – 29 July Tate Modern – Oil Tanks, London 020 7887 8888 Exploratory Laboratory Artists meet scientists on the Jurassic Coast in a diverse range of new contemporary artworks installed in unusual locations. FREE 27 July – 9 September Various Venues, Across Dorset Frieze Projects East New commissions of public art for east London communities from artists including Gary Webb, Sarnath Banerjee and Anthea Hamilton. FREE
  37. 37. =M=M 23 June – 26 August FACT, Liverpool 0151 707 4464 Humble Market-Place Immersive live digital performance that connects Brazil with UK audiences, between intense spectacle and intimate encounter. FREE 7 September – 9 September Guildhall Square Clocktower, Derry International Architecture and Design Showcase A series of international exhibitions and installations. FREE 23 June – 23 September Embassies and Cultural Institutions, London Jeremy Deller – Sacrilege The Turner Prize-winning artist presents his major new interactive artwork – a full-scale version of Stonehenge as a bouncy castle. FREE 21 June – 9 September Various outdoor locations and dates, across the UK John Gerrard – Exercise (Djibouti) 2012 A major new simulation by John Gerrard that looks at the exercise and representation of power. FREE 6 July – 27 July Modern Art Oxford Offsite, Oxford 01865 722733 Jorge Macchi – Liverpool Biennial 2012 Artist Jorge Macchi presents a full-sized shipping container absurdly and impossibly wedged inside Liverpool’s oldest art gallery. FREE 8 September – 25 November Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool 0845 220 2800 25 June – 9 September Poplar Baths, William Morris Gallery, billboard sites across London Government Art Collection at the Whitechapel Gallery Highlights from this world-class collection of British art are shown in a public gallery for the first time in its 113-year history. FREE 21 June – 2 September Whitechapel Gallery, London 020 7522 7888 Hans Peter Kuhn – Flags Hans Peter Kuhn creates a dramatic new installation of patterns and codes for the Giant’s Causeway. FREE 20 August– 28 October Giant’s Causeway, County Antrim Heatherwick Studio – Designing The Extraordinary The first major solo exhibition celebrating the work of one of Britain’s most inventive design studios. 31 May – 30 September V&A, London 020 7907 7073 Helen Petts – Throw Them Up and Let Them Sing Digital film explores artist Kurt Schwitters’ escape from Nazi Germany and journey to the Lake District. As part of Unlimited. FREE 28 June – 18 August Hatton Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne 0191 222 6059 31 August – 9 September Southbank Centre, London 0844 847 9910 Humble Market – Trade Secrets Embark on a journey of discovery with interactive market stalls created by Zecora Ura and artists Persis-Jade Maravala, Alastair Eilbeck and James Bailey. FREE Frieze Projects East • Popping up across the UK • Frieze are based in East London and, for the first time, they commission artists including Sarnath Banerjee (see below), Anthea Hamilton and Gary Webb to create exciting contemporary art for their local communities. Jeremy Deller, also a local east London artist, creates Sacrilege – a life-sized replica of Stonehenge as a bouncy castle. It will pop up all over the UK and around London. All free, these new works invite audiences of all ages to have fun discovering contemporary art. Search for events near you at
  38. 38. =O Marc Rees – Adain Avion A mobile art space made from the recycled fuselage of a DC-9 airplane travels to locations across Wales. 24 June – 1 July FREE National Waterfront Museum, Swansea 1 July – 7 July FREE The Works, Ebbw Vale 8 July – 14 July FREE Venue Cymru, Llandudno 4 August – 11 August The National Eisteddfod of Wales, Llandow 12 August FREE St Fagans National History Museum, Cardiff Maria Thereza Alves – Ballast Seed Garden A floating Ballast Seed Garden on a grain barge in Bristol Harbour, producing a living history of the city’s trade and maritime traditions. FREE =O 56,7%8*+-3#%9%:;2-<-,-"#+ Kurt Hentschläger – CORE Giant projections give glimpses into a weightless world populated by humanoid figures, at Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site. FREE 23 March – 30 September Enginuity, Ironbridge Gorge, Telford 01952 433424 Lucian Freud Portraits A major exhibition focusing – for the first time – on 70 years of portraiture by the great artist. 9 February – 27 May National Portrait Gallery, London 0844 248 5033 Lynette Wallworth – Rekindling Venus Artist Lynette Wallworth’s immersive film celebrates a rare astronomical event, the Transit of Venus. 7 June – 6 July Peter Harrison Planetarium, Royal Observatory, London 020 8312 6608 A mysterious aeroplane from Spain turns into an artistic time capsule for Wales, in Marc Rees’ Adain Avion Official London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Poster Display • Tate Britain, London • Since 1912, every Olympic host city has commissioned one or more posters to mark the occasion. Together, they form an iconic body of work. For London 2012, a panel that included Tate director Nicholas Serota commissioned 12 leading UK artists to design the posters. Martin Creed, Anthea Hamilton, Howard Hodgkin, Chris Ofili, Bridget Riley and Rachel Whiteread interpreted the Olympic Games, and Fiona Banner, Michael Craig-Martin, Tracey Emin, Gary Hume, Sarah Morris and Bob and Roberta Smith (see below) the Paralympic Games. All their work is featured in this free exhibition.
  39. 39. =P=P 21 June – 21 September Tate Britain, London 020 7887 8888 Olafur Eliasson A major new commission from artist Olafur Eliasson, whose previous work includes the Weather Project at Tate Modern. FREE – ticket required Tate Modern, London 020 7887 8888 Oscar Muñoz – Draw Down the Walls Colombian artist Muñoz explores the commonality of loss and remembrance at one of Belfast’s most disputed interface walls. FREE 10 July – 17 July Flax St/Crumlin Rd Interface, Belfast 028 9033 0920 Niet Normaal – Difference on Display Groundbreaking exhibition questioning what is normal and who decides, as part of DaDaFest 2012. FREE 12 July – 2 September The Bluecoat, Liverpool 0151 702 5324 Oded Hirsch – Liverpool Biennial 2012 Artist Oded Hirsch presents a lift unexpectedly bursting through the ground in Liverpool ONE. FREE 8 September – 25 November Liverpool ONE, Liverpool 0845 220 2800 Official London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Poster Display A free exhibition of the London 2012 Games’ official posters, including artists Bridget Riley, Tracey Emin and Chris Ofili. FREE From 21 June Floating Harbour (North side), Bristol 0117 917 2300 Martin Creed – Work No 1197: All the bells in a country rung as quickly and as loudly as possible for three minutes Join in at 8am as the UK celebrates the first day of the London 2012 Games with simultaneous bell ringing all around the UK. FREE 27 July UK Wide Maurice Orr – The Screaming Silence of the Wind Five sensory installation pieces inspired by the raw, barren landscapes of the visual artist’s native Northern Ireland. As part of Unlimited. FREE 11 June – 3 August Great Hall Stormont, Belfast 028 9052 0700 6 August – 29 August Flowerfield Arts Centre, Portstewart 028 7083 1400 31 August – 9 September Southbank Centre, London 0844 847 9910 Metamorphosis: Titian 2012 A unique collaboration between the National Gallery and The Royal Ballet in response to works by Titian. FREE 11 July – 21 September National Gallery, London 020 7747 2885 NEST Brian Irvine and John McIlduff bring thousands of individual possessions, thoughts and sounds together for a single nest. FREE – ticket required 22 July – 29 July T13, Belfast Search for events near you at Kurt Hentschläger’s work CORE, at Enginuity, Ironbridge, Telford
  40. 40. J' 1 July – 30 August Althorp Estate, Northampton 01604 770107 31 August – 9 September Southbank Centre, London 0844 847 9910 Rachel Gadsden – Unlimited Global Alchemy Gadsden and the South African Bambanani group present a film and art exhibition around human fragility, resilience and survival. As part of Unlimited. 21 June – 18 August FREE Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Cambridge 01223 333516 30 August FREE – ticket required The Bluecoat, Liverpool 0151 702 5324 31 August – 9 September FREE Southbank Centre, London 0844 847 9910 Paul Cummins – The English Flower Garden Thousands of hand-thrown ceramic flowers made by artist Paul Cummins create a typically English garden. As part of Unlimited. 25 April – 27 May FREE Chiswick House Gardens, London 28 April – 27 May The Secret Gardens of Sandwich, Sandwich 01304 619 919 1 June – 31 August Castle Howard, York 01653 648333 4 June – 26 August FREE Cromwell Green, Houses of Parliament, London 5 June – 17 September Blenheim Palace, Oxford 01993 810530 Rachel Whiteread – Whitechapel Gallery Commission The British artist creates a new permanent work of art for the historic facade of the Whitechapel Gallery. FREE From 14 June Whitechapel Gallery, London 020 7522 7888 Richard La Trobe-Bateman – Making Triangles Spanning 45 years of work, where structure, construction and materials are critical. FREE 7 July – 9 September Ruthin Craft Centre, Ruthin 01824 704774 Richard Long (Artist Rooms) and Luke Fowler Richard Long, one of Britain’s leading artists, brings nature into the gallery; and a film exploring radical politics in the North by Luke Fowler. FREE 23 June – 4 October The Hepworth Wakefield, Wakefield 01924 247360 Richard Wilson – Hang on a Minute Lads, I’ve Got a Great Idea A full-sized replica coach, balanced from the Pavilion roof, recreates the final scene of The Italian Job. FREE 7 July – 1 October De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea 01424 229111 See No Evil Street artist Inkie curates Europe’s largest street art festival, with over 20 commissions on a disused site in the heart of Bristol. FREE 16 August – 19 August Temple Meads and Temple Quay, Bristol Rachel Gadsden’s Global Alchemy explores themes of human fragility and resilience 56,7%8*+-3#%9%:;2-<-,-"#+
  41. 41. J(J( Staffordshire Hoard – artists’ response Specially commissioned artists’ response to the largest collection of Anglo Saxon gold and silver metalwork ever found. FREE 21 July – 1 September The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent 01782 232323 Susan Philipsz – Timeline at the Edinburgh Art Festival The Turner Prize-winner’s latest sound installation follows a historic line through the city, and responds to the famous 1pm gun. One of a series of commissions from Scottish artists. 2 August – 2 September Edinburgh Art Festival, Edinburgh 0131 226 6558 The Changing Room Artists from the Arab World occupy an underground gallery, a magic shop and an office hub evoking the signs of change. FREE 15 August – 30 September Underground Gallery, London Westminster Hub, London Davenports Magic Shop Shezad Dawood – Piercing Brightness An exhibition by the acclaimed artist, including new film, with vintage textile paintings. FREE 24 June – 29 September Newlyn Art Gallery, Penzance 01736 363715 30 June – 15 September The Exchange, Penzance 01736 363715 Sinead O’Donnell – CAUTION Belfast-based Sinead O’Donnell leads a showcase of work by disabled and deaf artists from the USA, Peru, Canada, and Kurdistan-Iraq. As part of Unlimited. FREE 24 August – 29 September Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast 028 90330920 31 August – 9 September Southbank Centre, London 0844 847 9910 Rachel Whiteread Frieze • Whitechapel Gallery, London • More than a century has passed since it was first proposed. Now artist Rachel Whiteread has designed a frieze to complete the front of the Whitechapel Gallery. In 1901 a mosaic by Walter Crane was planned, but was deemed too pricey and the gallery’s entrance remained unadorned. That was until the London 2012 Festival helped commission the new work from the Turner Prize-winning artist. The façade is inspired by the tree of life motif seen elsewhere on the building. ‘There’s gold leaf on it – it’s the most ostentatious I’ve ever been,’ said Whiteread. To design the piece she worked on a full-scale model. ‘I find it quite difficult to work with computer-generated images,’ she said. ‘I’m a sculptor, I like to work in three dimensions.’ Search for events near you at Tony Cragg’s Cass (page 42) – outdoor sculptures on Exhibition Road, London and in Goodwood, West Sussex
  42. 42. J& 56,7%8*+-3#%9%:;2-<-,-"#+ YesYesNo – Connecting Light New York-based artists YesYesNo create a line of lights for sending messages along Britain’s most dramatic Roman frontier, Hadrian’s Wall. FREE 31 August – 1 September Hadrian’s Wall, Various Sites 01434 322002 Yinka Shonibare The Royal Opera House unveils a new public art commission. FREE From 21 June Royal Opera House, London 020 7240 1200 Yoko Ono – To the Light A major retrospective of the conceptual artist, featuring new and existing work plus large-scale project SMILE. 19 June – 9 September Serpentine Gallery, London 020 7402 6075 Yoko Ono – Imagine Peace Translated into 24 world languages, the Imagine Peace message will appear in a range of surprising locations across the UK. FREE 21 June – 9 September BBC Live Sites across the UK Tracey Emin: She Lay Down Deep Beneath the Sea The first major exhibition by the celebrated British artist in her home town, Margate, including work by Turner and Rodin. FREE 24 May – 23 September Turner Contemporary, Margate 01843 233000 Tyntesfield Takeover somewhereto_ and the National Trust showcase young artists’ talent with a digital graffiti light show projection and live music. FREE – ticket required 22 July The National Trust Tyntesfield, Bristol 01275 461900 We Face Forward: Art from West Africa Today Manchester’s main galleries join forces for the first time for a major exhibition of contemporary art from West Africa. FREE 2 June – 15 September Gallery of Costume, Manchester 0161 245 7245 2 June – 16 September Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester 0161 275 7450 2 June – 16 September Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester 0161 235 8888 Wendy Ramshaw – Rooms of Dreams A major exhibition spanning 50 years of key pieces from one of Britain’s leading designers, known for her art jewellery and scuplture. FREE 7 July – 9 September Ruthin Craft Centre, Ruthin 01824 704774 The Orbit Anish Kapoor’s 115m-high visitor structure dominates the Olympic Park, offering views across the Stadium and London. From 27 July Olympic Park, London The Pineapple Banqueting House Bompas & Parr curate a culinary spectacle in an extraordinary new piece of architecture, The Pineapple, in the middle of the River Thames. FREE 23 June – 23 September Pineapple Banqueting House, Blackfriars Bridge, London The World in London Outdoor exhibition and website of over 200 photographs of Londoners each born in one of the competing nations. FREE 27 July – 12 August Victoria Park, London Tino Sehgal – The Turbine Hall Commission An exciting new commission for the Turbine Hall from the artist known for putting live encounters at the centre of his work. FREE 24 July – 28 October Tate Modern, London 020 7887 8888 Tony Cragg – Cass Sculpture Foundation An exhibition in West Sussex of outdoor sculptures by the British artist. 21 June – 4 November CASS Sculpture Foundation, Goodwood 01243 538449 Tony Cragg – Cass Sculpture Foundation at Exhibition Road Major new outdoor sculptures on show in central London along with a number of indoor works on display at different museums. FREE 1 September – 25 November Exhibition Road, London 020 7942 6973 Yoko Ono’s SMILE seeks to bring people together
  43. 43. J= Comedy takes on Olympic and Paralympic themes with the BBC’s Comedy Marathon in Edinburgh, a world-record improv attempt in Barnsley and Tim Minchin playing the home of sustainability, Cornwall’s Eden Project. There are two major retrospectives, from the British Film Institute (BFI) and the Hackney Empire, and more to come with pop-up gigs nationwide Comedy Stephen Fry and friends will be Playing the Games at the Criterion Theatre, London PLAYING IT FOR LAUGHS Stephen Fry is co-curating a major comedy and performance season at London’s famous Criterion Theatre. We tracked him down in New Zealand to ask whether sport can be a laughing matter. Playing the Games will give performers and athletes the chance to quiz one another in front of an audience. Who will be more nervous? I think it’s equal. I’ve sat watching cricket matches with rock stars and ex-test players. The rock stars want to talk cricket and the cricketers want to talk rock. It’s very common for actors, singers, whatever to be less impressed by meeting those in their own profession than meeting a sporting legend. I could barely speak when I was first introduced to Ian Botham. And Jimmy White. What do sport and the arts have in common, and where do they diverge? We actors moan about being misunderstood and assassinated by critics. Although I’m completely sensitive and absurd about it, I always have to remind myself that a ‘Stephen Fry was disappointing as…’ buried away in a small arts column is nothing compared to ‘England shame’ or ‘hopeless failure’. Sport is so unquestionable. A win is a win. A loss is a loss. On the day the smallest hiccup (deep breath for a cliché) can make the difference between gold and nothing, let alone silver or bronze. The arts are more subjective. Which doesn’t mean that an inner sense of failure or achievement is less real. Sport and arts share the quality of being non-necessities. Food and shelter and warmth and education and healthcare are necessities. It is, of course, the extras that make life worth living. You need bread to exist, but wine to live. Art and sport are the wine. Do you regret not being more sporty in your youth? I do and I don’t. I am aware of the colossal disappointment that lies in wait for sporting heroes. By their 30s in most sports, it’s all over. Like ballet dancers, their days of grace and glory are fleeting. And yet there’s always a part of one that would give up all the security of a career like acting or writing – that should, in theory at least, richen and deepen like good wine with the years – for the experience of that radiant burst of victory. Playing the Games, page 45
  44. 44. JJ Australian comedian and musician Tim Minchin performs at the Eden Project >"?*$@ BBC Comedy Presents... Three weeks of live comedy from the BBC’s purpose-built venue at the world’s biggest comedy festival. Follow @bbccomedyprsnts for line-ups. FREE – ticket required. 3 August – 27 August Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Edinburgh 0131 226 0026 BBC Radio 1’s Fun and Filth Cabaret Scott Mills and Nick Grimshaw return to the Fringe with their Fun and Filth Cabaret show; broadcast live on Radio 1 every day from the BBC Bubble space. FREE – ticket required. 3 August – 27 August Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Edinburgh BBC Three Comedy Marathon A specially billed, anarchic, live, late-night Comedy Marathon for BBC Three. FREE – ticket required. 3 – 27 August Edinburgh Festival Fringe and BBC Three Ha Ha Hackney: Homo of Comedy Gay Extravaganza 2012! Britain’s top LGBT comics pay tribute and celebrate over half a century of Gaiety. 8 July Hackney Empire, London 020 8985 2424 Ha Ha Hackney: Looking Black The artists you know and love from shows such as The Real McCoy, The Posse, BiBi crew and Desmond’s are back together for a one-night spectacular. 2 September Hackney Empire, London 020 8985 2424 Ha Ha Hackney: Maggie, Maggie, Give us a Wave – The Comedy of the Thatcher Years Top comedians take us through the Thatcher years and have a thing or two to say about today’s political scene. Ha Ha Hackney • Hackney Empire, London • There’s a lot to cram in to this celebration of 111 years of comedy at the theatre that has nurtured so many of history’s greatest comedians. Morecambe and Wise, French and Saunders, Charlie Chaplin and Marie Lloyd all played here, and many more of today’s East End heroes. Enjoy actor Ram John Holder’s (pictured below) performance in Looking Black. EastEnders queen Barbara Windsor MBE recalls: ‘Grandad Charlie Ellis first took me to the Hackney Empire. I was eight years old and I was hooked. This is a truly magnificent theatre – Hackney without the Empire is like fish without chips.’ If you can’t join Barbara, BBC Three transmits a special celebration on 23 June.
  45. 45. JK Trailblazers – Britain’s Queens of TV Comedy A unique collaboration between BFI Southbank and Hackney Empire celebrating past and present comedy divas of British television. 14, 21 and 28 August BFI Southbank, London 020 7928 3232 16 and 23 August Hackney Empire, London 020 8985 2424 World-Beating Improv Neil Mullarkey from the Comedy Store Players leads a hilarious attempt to create a new world record. 10 August Building 21, Elsecar, Barnsley 01226 740 203 Spasticus – Channel 4 Channel 4’s prank-filled show made by a disabled cast, with sketches often at the expense of the non-disabled public. Channel 4 TV, UK Wide Tales of the Riverbank Comedy Barge A Comedy Relay to the Edinburgh Festival on a canal boat. Live by web, mobile and digital platforms. And the odd gig. 1 July – 27 August Through the waterways of England and Scotland London: 020 7609 1800 Tim Minchin– Eden Project Comedy Australian comedian, composer and musician Tim Minchin brings his own unique blend of musical comedy to Eden. 23 June Eden Project, Cornwall 01726 811 972 1 July Hackney Empire, London 020 8985 2424 Ha Ha Hackney: The Golden Years of Variety The Variety Club of Great Britain and Hackney Empire celebrate the post-war golden years of entertainment. 9 September Hackney Empire, London 020 8985 2424 Laurence Clark – Inspired Laurence Clark’s comedy show asks why everyday activities are inspirational when they’re done by disabled people. As part of Unlimited. 26 June Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff 029 2063 6464 3 August – 27 August Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Edinburgh 0131 226 0026 30 August Dada Fest, Liverpool 7 September Bloomsbury Theatre, London 020 7388 8822 Playing the Games A West End first – two weeks of comedy, new plays, Sunday concerts and lunchtime platforms. Featuring Stephen Fry and guests. 26 July – 12 August Criterion Theatre, London 020 7839 8811 Pop Up – Comedy Follow us on Twitter and Facebook to be among the first to hear about special pop-up comedy events during the Festival. 21 June – 9 September UK Wide for details Twitter @london2012fest In Inspired, Laurence Clark asks why everyday activities are inspirational when done by disabled people Search for events near you at
  46. 46. The UK’s biggest celebration of dance, with thousands of events taking place across the UK Dance JLJL POWER AND BEAUTY One of the joys of dance is its sheer diversity of styles, which is mirrored by the range of talent appearing in the Festival’s dance programme. There’s an Olympian feel to the works performed by Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch (page 52). The influential German choreographer, who died in 2009, toured the globe creating dance-theatre works commissioned by the cities she visited. Now, for the first time, London gathers them all together. Fase in the Tate Belgium’s Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker (page 50) has been at the forefront of global dance for three decades. For the Tate Modern’s brand-new performance space, the Oil Tanks, she recreates one of her early works, Fase, set to Steve Reich’s score. Cut from a rather different cloth is Scotland’s Michael Clark, whose angular deconstruction of ballet serves as a flamboyant counterpoint to De Keersmaeker. Clark is a maverick talent, unpredictable and frequently brilliant. So expect the unexpected when he unleashes his latest work at Glasgow Barrowland (page 51). Where Clark morphs ballet and modern dance, Shobana Jeyasingh unites classic Indian dance with a contemporary aesthetic. Adding further interest, her company presents her latest work in a brace of London churches. The humorous production of Pina Bausch’s Viktor (page 52) takes its inspiration from the city of Rome and its breathtaking imagery
  47. 47. JM 8/#A* Big Dance 2012 at Cardiff Mela This multicultural celebration of dance and music includes a world-record attempt for the largest Bollywood dance performance. FREE 15 July Roald Dahl Plass, Cardiff Big Dance 2012 at The Big Weekend A dance marquee for events including a Street-Morris-Molly dance-off, ceilidhs and an iconic flashmob. FREE 7 July – 8 July Parkers Piece, Cambridge Big Dance 2012 Camp Watch an evening of dance films in a big-top tent, camp overnight then experience performances across the site. 7 July – 8 July National Water Sports Centre, Nottingham Big Dance 2012 Day Brighton A performance stage on the seafront hosts local dance groups and offers open workshops, including mass participation routines. FREE 14 July The Promenade, Brighton Big Dance 2012 Norfolk Long Dance An afternoon of opportunities to take part in folk and traditional dance, including an amazingly long Norfolk Long Dance. FREE 8 July St George’s Street, Norwich Big Dance 2012 Day Yorkshire A day of dance celebration, featuring specially commissioned dance and talent from across Yorkshire. FREE 15 July Millennium Square, Leeds Big Dance 2012 DAZL Marathon Dance workshops and performances including information on careers in dance and concluding with a mass-participation dance marathon. FREE 7 July South Leeds Youth Hub, Leeds Big Dance 2012 Edinburgh Have a go and watch professional, community, school and youth groups at three city centre sites. FREE 30 June – 1 July City Centre, Edinburgh Big Dance 2012 Immersion Tent An inclusive participatory and performance programme, presented in a Big Dance immersion tent. FREE 21 July – 22 July Gloucester Park, Gloucester Big Dance 2012 in the Baylis A performance to highlight some of the incredible dance that has been created and performed across north London for Big Dance. 10 July – 11 July Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadler’s Wells, London Big Dance 2012 Lancashire at the Preston Guild The premiere performance of the Lancashire Big Dance North West Link Up performance along with a mass-participation piece and more. FREE 23 June Preston Flag Market, Preston Big Dance 2012 Live at the Bandstand Five boys’ dance groups, one intergenerational group and five older people’s groups perform with professional dancers. FREE 15 July Abbey Grounds, Hexham Big Street Dance Day • Trafalgar Square, London, and UK Wide • On 14 July the entire population of the UK is invited to fill streets and public spaces with a celebratory day of dance. At London’s Trafalgar Square you’ll see Wayne McGregor, resident choreographer at the  Royal Ballet, bringing together dance groups from across the capital. This performance will feature 2,000 dancers on multiple stages and giant screens. Throughout the rest of the country streets, squares and parks will come alive as communities come together for the fun of dance. It’s the flagship event for the Big Dance programme, so get moving and get involved. These pages feature only a handful of Big Dance events – visit to find out how to get involved near you. Search for events near you at
  48. 48. JO 8/#A* Big Dance 2012 – Hat Fair Site-specific performances, a mass dance for all to join, participatory workshops and some unexpected surprises. FREE 6 July – 8 July City Centre, Winchester Big Dance 2012 – 30 Years of Style Hip-hop pioneers B Boy Pervez and DJ Billy Biznizz present a one-off celebration of breaking in London. FREE 8 July Stratford Centre, London Big Dance 2012 – Aberdeen Dance Hunt A treasure hunt for dance across the city as audiences are invited to discover, watch and participate in a variety of dance styles. FREE 7 July – 8 July Across the city, Aberdeen Big Dance 2012 – Big Dance Shorts Five brand-new short films in association with BAFTA screen on Channel 4. FREE 7 July – 15 July TV, UK wide Big Dance 2012 – Brazil Day Experience the physical culture of Brazil with Samba performances, Capoeira displays and an outdoor screening of Rio. FREE 15 July Wandsworth Park, London Big Dance 2012 – City Steps Outdoor performance festival showcasing dance pieces by local and national artists, including participatory opportunities for all. FREE 15 July Hope Street, Liverpool Big Dance 2012 on the Beach Dance classes and mini-performances throughout the day in the Spa Gardens ending with a mass dance on the beach. FREE 14 July The Spa Promenade, Bridlington Big Dance 2012 Picnic at Horniman Museum An afternoon of Morris dancing, maypole dancing and folk music aplenty to accompany the Mummers, Maypoles and Milkmaids exhibition. FREE 8 July Horniman Museum, London Big Dance 2012 Picnic at Trinity Laban Bring a picnic and experience dance and circus performers, face painting, creative play areas and interactive inclusive activities. FREE 23 June Trinity Laban, London Big Dance 2012 – Streets of Brass Live site-specific performances encompassing dance and music from the Durham community. FREE 21 July – 22 July Wharton Park, Durham Big Dance 2012 U.Dance The youth dance showcase features the premiere of the first-ever UK-wide youth dance company with choreography by Hofesh Shechter. 13 July – 16 July Southbank Centre, London Big Dance 2012 Walk Site-specific dance in Oxleas Meadows with an intergenerational cast of local people, signed into British Sign Language. FREE 15 July Oxleas Meadows, London The Royal Ballet Metamorphosis: Titian 2012 • Royal Opera House, London • Titian was the greatest painter of 16th-century Venice, experimenting with many styles throughout his distinguished career. Now three of his most famous works, Diana and Actaeon, The Death of Actaeon and Diana and Callisto have inspired new ballets. Wayne McGregor (pictured below), Resident Choreographer of the Royal Ballet, choreographs more than 100 dancers performing the works at the Royal Opera House. Page 51