Unique and exciting events all over Britain throughout the year
As well as the sporting action, there is the Torch Relay, the London 2012 Festival, World Pride, the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and much more.
Every year London and Britain host thousands of exciting events spanning theatre, music, dance, comedy, cinema and art exhibitions. In the year of 2012 there will be some totally unique events for visitors. Click here for the latest information on what’s happening in Britain in 2012 and see below for a summary of the major festivities:
Britain's Cultural Olympiad has already started. Between now and the Games there are hundreds of special sporting and cultural events taking place throughout Britain, all inspired by the 2012 Games. Some of these events are also linked to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee, which takes place just a few weeks before the Olympic Games Opening Ceremony.
The culmination of the Cultural Olympiad will be the London 2012 Festival , bringing leading artists from all over the world together from 21 June 2012 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
Lit in Olympia, Greece, the Olympic Torch will arrive in the UK on 18 May 2012. 8,000 Torchbearers will carry the Flame on a 70-day journey across all the UK’s nations and regions, with entertainment, shows and concerts marking its arrival in each place. The Paralympic Torch Relay will be much shorter, spanning the period between the closing of the Olympic Games and the opening of the Paralympic Games, but will also feature mass celebrations and events.
For more information visit http://www.london2012.com/olympic-torch-relay
In the first week of June 2012 Her Majesty the Queen will celebrate 60 years as Britain’s monarch.
A programme of events is being organised by Buckingham Palace and the Government’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport.
For more information visit http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Nl1/Newsroom/DG_197517
WorldPride is a world-wide phenomenon and in 2012 the party is coming to London for a 2 two-week long event, with the final parade set to take place on 7 July.
WorldPride is a festival promoting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues on a global scale and is expected to attract over one million visitors from around the world.
Click here for more information.
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