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London 2012 Festival and Cultural Olympiad across the West Midlands


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    London 2012 Festival andCulturalOlympiadacross the West Midlands

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    London 2012s Cultural Olympiad and its finale, the London 2012 Festival, will see some of the worlds greatest artists headlining the biggest celebration of art and culture that the UK has ever seen.

    From major world and UK premieres, mass outdoor dance spectaculars such as The Voyage, numerous Bandstand Marathon concerts, a new suite of Welcome Songs by folk musician Eliza Carthy and the very first full performance of Stockhausens Mittwoch aus Licht/Wednesday from Light anywhere in the world, the line-up in the West Midlands will generate some of the most unforgettable moments of 2012.

    None of this would have been possible without the hard work of organisations and artists around the region, and in particular without the very generous support of our two key partners Arts Council England and Legacy Trust UK.

    Arts Council Englands mission is for there to be great art for everyone and thats exactly what the Cultural Olympiadis all about.

    Legacy Trust UK was set up to leave a lasting legacy from London 2012, and over the past three years weve been working together, providing opportunitiesfor people to try something new whetherthat be a new sport as part of CommunityGames, or Punjabi folk dancing as part of Dancing for the Games.

    Through these programmes hundreds of thousands of people have already been able to be part of London 2012 - and we hope that through the events listed in these pages, thousands more will be able to join them for a summer like no other.

    David MoorcroftChair, West Midlands for 2012

    This year Get ready for a summer like no other

    David Moorcroft

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    Kalaboration 18 June 9 September

    2012 is an important year for the Jamaican community in the West Midlands not only is the Jamaican athletics team setting up camp in Birmingham before the Games, but it is also the 50th anniversary of Jamaican Independence. The Drum is marking this momentous year through Kalaboration, a series of visual arts workshops, exhibitions and lectures.

    Exhibitions will include Jaskirt Dhaliwals Everyday Olympian, a photo exhibition which documents people involved in local community sports, and Freestylee Artist without Borders, an exhibition of poster art by internationally acclaimed Jamaican artist Michael Thompson.

    There will also be a series of lectures and panel discussions and an exhibition by young people that highlights their opinions on London 2012 through dance, drama and photography.


    The Drum, 44 Potters Lane, Aston, Birmingham, B6 4UU

    www.kalaboration.co.uk www.rogueplay.co.uk

    The Science of Sport Daily until 9 September 10am 5pm

    Explore the science behind the record-breaking performances of the worlds greatest athletes at The Science of Sport exhibition. Discover how space-age materials and innovative designs have shaped the sporting world in this technologically-advanced exhibition.

    The Science of Sport is part of Stories of the World, which aims to showcase innovation and excellence in museums, libraries and archives to a worldwide audience.

    Ticket is included in admission fee to Enginuity (8.25 for adults, 6.95 for concessions)

    Enginuity, Ironbridge Gorge Museums, Coach Road, Coalbrookdale, Telford TF8 7DQ


    Sporting Heroes Monday Friday until 9 September 10am 5pm Celebrate Shropshires rich sporting heritage at the Sporting Heroes exhibition. Historic images from Ironbridges archives show coracle racing and local football and cricket teams. See memorabilia linked to some of Shropshires greatest sporting heroes, including England footballing legend, Billy Wright.


    Coalbrookdale Gallery, Enginuity, Ironbridge Gorge Museums, Coach Road, Coalbrookdale, Telford TF8 7DQ


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    Style Africa



    Daily until 2 September10am 5pm

    Style Africa is a vibrant new exhibition of West African textiles and clothing. Curators from Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery have joined forces with young people to show how these colourful fabrics are made and how Africans use their clothing to create their own individual styles and fashions.


    Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Chamberlain Square, Birmingham, B3 3DH


    Style Africa FREE

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    Looking for a way to celebrate London 2012 with your friends, family and neighbours? Community Games is a fantastic opportunity to do just that!

    From dancing to archery to welly wanging, every Community Games is unique and reflects the community that has organised them.

    There will be hundreds of Community Games events right across the country this year and you can find the nearest one to you by visiting www.communitygames.org.uk.

    Or if youre feeling really inspired, why not organise your own Games? You dont need any prior experience or particular skills to run a Games as we have lots of resources to help you just visit the website to find out more and read these two examples of upcoming Community Games for inspiration.

    Community GamesThroughout 2012AdmissionFree

    Further informationwww.communitygames.org.uk

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    Sutton Coldfield Community Games14 15 July

    Dennis Kennedy has always been interested in sport and had always intended to mark London 2012 in some way. However, he didnt expect this to be through an event that aims to attract 10,000 people to take part in sport and culture!

    The Sutton Coldfield Community Games intends to do just that, with over 40 different sporting and cultural events, including football, sailing, music, tennis, dance, volleyball and zumba. As well as opening and closing ceremonies, there will be dance routines performed by local school children and a teddy bears picnic.


    Wyndley Leisure Centre and Sutton Park, Clifton Road, Birmingham B73 6EB


    Pinvin Community Sports Day 16 June 12 4pm

    At the Pinvin Community Sports Day in Worcestershire all generations will be encouraged to join in and have fun together.

    Activities on offer will include a number of sports for teams and individuals and for children and adults. There will even be a grandparent and child event and a wheelchair race.

    Therell be plenty of opportunity to get together and chat with neighbours, either at the community barbeque or one of the fundraising stalls. Medals made on the day will be handed out to participants and everyone will receive a Community Games certificate at the closing ceremony.


    Main Street, Pinvin, Pershore, WR10 2ER

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    for an event near you

    Two examples of Community Games events happening this summer:

    Visit www.communitygames.org.uk for details of hundreds more Community Games planned this summer

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    High Jump 25 May 6pm

    110m Hurdles 26 May 10 June

    Shot Putt June onwards

    Talking Birds is gearing up for London 2012 with its own unique take on the ten events of the decathlon.

    Decathlon features musical, theatrical, filmic and photographic interpretations of all ten decathlon events, including a piece that has been specifically created to welcome the Olympic Flame to Coventry.

    Each interpretation will be performed across the West Midlands during 2012, with events

    confirmed including High Jump, a rehearsed reading of eight 5 minute pieces of writing, 110m Hurdles, an exhibition of 11 large sized portraits of local people in front of Coventry landmarks and Shot Putt, a participatory pirate shot putt game to play on your mobile phone.

    Talking Birds is giving you the chance to take part in a decathlon in 2012... without even getting out of breath.Add in these addresses at the bottom:High Jump is at Capital Plays Festival, mac Birmingham, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham, B12 9QH

    110m Hurdles is at The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Jordan Well, Coventry, CV1 5QP

    A downloadable app will be available in June.


    Birmingham and Coventrys Live Sites will be the places to get together to watch live coverage of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

    The Live Sites will follow the journey of the Olympic Torch, which will visit Birmingham on 30 June, departing at 6.30am on 1 July. It will arrive in Coventry on 1 July and leave at 6.30am on 2 July.

    The Live Sites will also feature a range of arts events inspired by the Games, such as The Voyage (p. 28), We Dance (p. 39) and Mandala (p. 56), as well as showing footage of Boys Dancing (p. 23) and Godiva Awakes (p. 50).

    And of course, throughout the Olympic fortnight the Live Sites will show live sport from 7am to 11pm every day, as well as coverage of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies.

    London 2012 Live Sitesuntil September


    LocationsVictoria Square, BirminghamMillennium Place, Coventry

    Further informationwww.london2012.com/live-sites www.bbc.co.uk/bigscreenswww.facebook.com/bigscreenbirminghamwww.facebook.com/bigscreencoventry



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