Olympic Blog

The latest London Olympic blog from LO 2012

I guess you must of heard by now that the Olympics will take place in London next year starting on the 27th July 2012. They will run for until the 12th August and will be followed by the Paralympics which start on August 29th until the 9th September.

This will be the third time London has hosted the Olympic Games having originally hosted them in 1908 and for a second time in 1948, following the second world war.

The 2012 Olympics will take place in a host of new venues and a number of traditional venues which have real historical value.

Many of the new venues will be re-used by the general public leaving a lasting legacy for the UK especially for the residents of Stratford and Lower Lea Valley in East London.

London Olympics 2012 will feature 26 different sports and in each category there will many different disciplines. A comprehensive list of all the sports are available at http://www.londonolympics2012.com/sports .

Following on from the games London will be hosting the Paralympics which has 20 sports, you can check a full listing of all the Paralympic sports at http://www.londonolympics2012.com/paralympic

The Olympics is not only about sport and the games it will also showcase a whole range of the UK's outstanding heritage:

Cultural Olympiad

The London 2012 Cultural Olympiad

Art

The 'Art' strand of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad features a range of projects and programmes, from large commissions such as Artists Taking the Lead to events within the Inspire programme.

Film and digital

The 'Film and digital' strand of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad features everything from a short film competition for young people to individual projects in the Inspire programme.

Literature and libraries

The 'Literature and libraries' strand of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad features a number of Inspire mark projects. More programmes will come on board as we get ever nearer to the Games.

Museums and galleries

The 'Museums and galleries' strand of the Cultural Olympiad features UK-wide projects such as 'Stories of the World', alongside local programmes awarded the coveted 'Inspire mark'.

Music

The 'music' strand of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad includes a wide range of projects and programmes - from large-scale commissions to local activities run through the Inspire programme.

Outdoors and events

The 'outdoor and events' strand of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad features a wide range of projects, from'Discovering Places' to the Inspire programme

Theatre, dance and comedy

The World Shakespeare Festival, produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company, will run from 23 April to 9 September 2012, celebrating how the world performs, teaches and engages with Shakespeare. It will form part of the London 2012 Festival.

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

London 2012 Festival

Leading artists from all over the world will come together in the UK's biggest ever festival - a chance for everyone to celebrate London 2012 through dance, music, theatre, the visual arts, film and digital innovation and leave a lasting legacy for the arts in the UK.

The website www.LondonOlympics2012.com was launched in 2002 by Hugh O'Brien a local businessman. He launched the website to support a UK bid having seen earlier Manchester bids fail.

No one thought London had a chance but as the years rolled on the country got fully behind the bid and on the 6th July 2005 London won the race to host the games.

www.LondonOlympics2012.com is getting close to the million mark on visitors to its website and has nearly 9000 followers on http://twitter.com/#!/LO2012

We want to support all local activities in Stockport and Greater Manchester . We want your Olympic story and welcome contributions which we will publish online. Since 2002 we have released over 2750 stories and you can be next. Just contact Hugh@londonolympics2012.com

If you are planning to go to the games and want help with accommodation please check our support page at http://www.londonolympics2012.com/london-accommodation

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