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Opportunities across London during Olympics

Sound Connections hosted a “Music & the Olympics” seminar at the end of January, which initiated a lively debate around opportunities for young people and local organisations throughout 2012. We’ve collated some information on what’s happening across London and how young people can get involved.


BBC Radio 1 Hackney Weekender
The latest information on the Hackney Weekend is on the Radio 1 website:

There will be a BBC Introducing Stage showcasing local East London unsigned and emerging acts. Find out more about BBC Introducing:

Torch Relay
Click here to download a contact list of Olympic Lead Officers in each borough.

Live Sites
There will be Live Sites (mini-festival sites with big screens and performance opportunities) situated throughout London, with the two major sites for showcasing live music based in Victoria Park and Hyde Park, programmed by Live Nation / Continental Drifts. The GLA is currently talking to the organisers about how local groups can get involved – we will signpost this information in the next couple of weeks.

GLA Hub Producers
These are the 5 producers who are coordinating the Mayor’s festival of outdoor events across London:

Big Busk
The Big Busk will be launched on 14 March, with opportunities for 11-25 year old young people to get involved. Sign up to @RhythmofLondon on Twitter and keep your eye on the Rhythm of London webpage for more info. You can also find out more information from previous years on YouTube.

All The Bells
Friday 27 July 2012 will be no ordinary morning. At 8.00 am, people all across the UK will ring bells to perform Martin Creed’s Work No. 1197: All the bells in a country rung as quickly and as loudly as possible for three minutes, a piece specially commissioned as part of the London 2012 Festival. To get involved, register your interest at or email the Project Team:

Bandstand Marathon
The Bandstand Marathon brings live music to bandstands and outdoor performance spaces across the UK – all at the same time, on the same day. The 2012 Bandstand Marathon will form one of the largest of the 2012 closing ceremony events – find out how to get involved on the website:

Big Dance hubs
The Big Dance hubs are Siobhan Davies Dance, English National Ballet, Greenwich Dance, Sadler’s Wells and East London Dance. Find out more information on opportunities on their website:


Music Nation
Music Nation – a London 2012 Festival countdown event, devised and led by the BBC – takes place on 3/4 March, uniting orchestras, musical groups, choirs and concert halls all over the UK:

BT River of Music

Mayor of London’s Summer Like No Other Festival

Create Festival

Thames Festival


Please email your thoughts, hopes, concerns and ideas around the Cultural Olympiad to and we’ll feed them into Legacy planning at City Hall.


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