The London 2012 Festival to begin with full gaiety on Thursday

The much-awaited London 2012 Festival is going to open up on Thursday 21stJune. This cultural celebration across Britain co-occurs with the Olympics and the event can be visualized through London 2012 Live Sites with big screens in 22 towns and cities across the United Kingdom. The London-2012 festival will also display films in order to mark the first day of the UK-wide celebrations that will entertain thousands of people throughout the day. The opening event on Thursday will have a firework display in the sky above Lake Windermere and that will include an inflatable replica of the Stonehenge by artist Jeremy Deller in Carmarthen. The other events will take place in Londonderry, Birmingham, and Stirling.

The opening day of the festival, (21 June) will reach its climax with live BBC broadcast on the big screens, the Gustavo Dudamel and the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela concert from Stirling at 7:30 pm. The organizers of this festival had revealed that about half of the event’s four million paid for tickets were sold and another 2.3 million tickets out of the total 10 million tickets have been grabbed up for this 12-week festival. The Cultural Secretary of the event Mr. Jeremy Hunt said that the cost to organize this festival is around 55 million pounds ($86 million) and it is a great chance to highlight Britain’s rich cultural heritage. He hoped to raise public awareness about thousands of events happening around the country as the excitement is building up ahead of the July-27 –August 12 Olympics games.

There are more than 130 events that are going to happen during the opening weekend in which more twenty five thousand artists from all 204 Olympic nations taking part over this 12-week festival which is deemed to be the climax to the four-year Cultural Olympiad. It is estimated that more than two million people have already bought tickets for the event of London-2012 Festival and for other countdown events such as the David Hockney exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts.


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