Leading artists from around the world head up first commissions for the London 2012 Festival

Cate Blanchett, Toni Morrison, Olafur Eliasson, David Hockney, Mike Leigh, Jude Law and Damon Albarn, Rufus Norris & Jamie Hewlett head the line-up of artists featured in the first group of commissions and special projects for the London 2012 Festival, recently announced. The finale of the Cultural Olympiad, the London 2012 Festival will be a 12-week UK-wide cultural celebration. Opening on Midsummer’s Day 21 June 2012 and running until the last day of the London 2012 Paralympic Games on 9 September 2012, the Festival will provide an outstanding summer of arts and creativity in the UK.

Image - David Hockney

Images from the announcement at the Royal Opera House are available here.

Leading artists from all over the world will come together for 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.

Over 1,000 events will be featured on a special website which will go live from Summer 2011. The aim is for over three million people to attend and be part of London 2012 Festival. Some of the events will be ticketed, some will be free to attend, and further information on ticketing, pricing and promotional plans will be provided next year in the build up to the first tickets going on sale in October 2011.

To read further, and download the press release which details more about the artists -

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