Culture at the heart of the games

"I made the commitment in Singapore to revitalise the Cultural Olympiad because actually culture sits absolutely at the heart of the Olympic ethos." - Lord Coe.

The Cultural Olympiad and the London 2012 Festival formed the largest cultural celebration ever seen in the history of the modern Olympic and Paralympic movements. The Cultural Olympiad was spread over four years and was designed to give everyone in the UK a chance to be part of London 2012 and inspire creativity across all forms of culture. The culmination of the Cultural Olympiad was the London 2012 Festival, a 12-week nationwide celebration bringing together leading artists from across the world along with the very best from the UK. 

Our contribution concentrated on ensuring a truly international dimension.

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