Aug 10, 2012

Festival of sport and arts: blink and you won’t miss it

Do the arts and sport mix? More than 16 million people have taken part in a country-wide festival of culture to coincide with the Olympics. But like the rest of the Games, the artistic legacy is short.

Ben Eltham — <em>Crikey</em> arts commentator

Ben Eltham

Crikey arts commentator

Do the arts and sport mix? Organisers of the London Olympics think so.

More than 16 million people have taken part in the London 2012 Festival, the cultural program of the Olympics. According to Lord Mayor Boris Johnson, the program will help “secure the continued momentum of London 2012 and turn these Games to gold for decades to come”.

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2 thoughts on “Festival of sport and arts: blink and you won’t miss it

  1. Migraine

    I am going to London in a few weeks – after the Olympics – precisely because of the arts festival: the theatre season has been extended well beyond its usual English summer run and there are lots of great shows on. And the Old Dart needs my money. And having looked at what’s on offer, I don’t think there’s any comparison between the Sydney and Melbourne festivals, and what’s currently on offer in London. It’s everything London usually has to offer, cubed.

    Even so, it’s worth noting that while the London Olympics arts festival is being touted as a global affair, there are virtually no Australian acts involved. This is not because the Brits are one-eyed, but because – in my opinion – there are no Australian companies – especially among the theatre companies – who are up to the required creative standard.

  2. Mike Flanagan

    I would suggest you add to your itenirary the Edinburgh Fringe
    With 20 thousand performers descending on the place the Scotsman
    describes it as a Aussie invasion.
    Perhaps the companies you refer to have learnt that the IOC don’t
    deliver the audiences and box office as promoted to the companies.
    The Sydney Olympic experience left most of them out of pocket.

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