Today’s the big day that London’s been waiting for these past seven years! So we thought we’d take this opportunity to tell you a bit about our evening at Victoria Park next Thursday (2 August), as part of the BT London Live coverage.
We have the stage from 5.00pm – 9.00pm, and have invited some of our favourite recent festival artists to come and perform to the masses, and celebrate the Olympics alongside all sorts of other activities.
London Contemporary Orchestra begin the showcase, performing Steve Reich and Xenakis, with a special guest appearance from songstress Mara Carlyle. This is then followed by klezmer phenomenon She’Koyokh, who wowed the stage at our Midsummer Street Party. The stage will then be taken over by 35 singers from the London Bulgarian Choir, who we’ve been lucky enough to include in two of our recent festivals, and to round the evening up, our recent Associate Artist, tabla master Talvin Singh takes to the stage for a solo performance, mixing analogue electronics with tabla.
Aside from listening to some great live music, there will be three giant screens from which to watch the London 2012 Olympics Games action live, the largest of which is 70 metres-squared!
There are plenty of other activities to get involved in – from ‘Have-A-Go Sports’, ‘In the Zone’ (an interactive sports science experience for the whole family), to mass participation dance events from Big Dance. There will also be a 55-metre-high BT Observation Wheel offering stunning views of both the Olympic stadium and the city’s skyscrapers, a 320-metre long zipline high above Victoria Park’s trees, bungee trampolines and water zorbing.