‘CELEBRATING 10 YEARS’ FESTIVAL SITE AT QUEEN ELIZABETH OLYMPIC PARK THIS SUMMER
• Two weeks of fun inspired by London 2012 and Birmingham 2022
• Located on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park near to Lee Valley VeloPark, home to Birmingham 2022 Track Cycling
• All events free including live broadcasts of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games
Date: Sunday 24 July – Tuesday 8 August, 2022
Open daily from 11am – 9pm
Where: Hopkins’ Field, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, east London, E20 (Hopkins Field ///cheese.voter.cases)
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Get set for Summer at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park as we celebrate 10 Years since the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
As part of Summer on the Park, and starting the day after The Great Get Together, we are bringing you the ‘Celebrating 10 Years’ Festival Site from Sunday 24 July to Monday 8 August, offering a mix of FREE screen and stage entertainment at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
We’ve not held back. Expect nail-biting elite sport, mass karaoke, movies, and for some added nostalgia, relive London’s iconic summer of sport - with footage of Team GB and Paralympics GB winning gold, silver and bronze at the London 2012 Games, not forgetting highlights such as Super Saturday and the ceremonies of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. We then burst back into present day with live footage of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games from 11am until 9pm, completely live. Remember that the track cycling is taking place at Lee Valley VeloPark from 29th July to 1st August inclusive, so expect something special for cycling enthusiasts.
In addition to the screen, immerse yourself in a line-up of off-screen activities. We’re talking; fitness workshops, The Tumbleator (a giant conveyer belt), live performances from UK Skiffle-Pop band Thrill Collins, as well as some other great bands and live DJs. Plus loads of Instagram-friendly experiences, including a giant walk-in statue by disability rights activist Jason Wilsher-Mills and a Massaoke – Like karaoke but for loads of people!
Come along with your friends, family, and workgang, for a once-in-a-decade event. Kicking off the Summer Holidays, kids are welcome throughout the festival period and there is plenty for them to do during the day. There will be garden games and other participatory activities, a family rave (with phat beats no less), and Wonderstruck will be performing their crazy science show (they’re going to blow up a bowl of cereal). Bikeworks will be exhibiting a grupetto of unusual bikes – including one that makes smoothies!
Even children's best loved gardener, Mr. Bloom from CBeebies will be appearing on stage with his band, playing songs for all the family to enjoy.
The ‘Celebrating 10 Years’ Festival Site is literally a once-in-a-decade experience on your doorstep. Tell your friends, tell the neighbours, alert the group chat, this is not to be missed! Register Your Interest HERE.
Lyn Garner, Chief Executive of the London Legacy Development Corporation, said:
“What better way to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the London Games than with 16 days of fun, entertainment, sport and culture? It’s a chance for everyone to relive their wonderful memories of 2012 and to make brand new ones here at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.”
Ian Reid, CEO of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, said:
“With Birmingham 2022 being staged on the ten year anniversary of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, it’s great news that the ‘Celebrating 10 Years’ Festival Site will be showing live action from the Commonwealth Games, as well as looking back at the sporting action from a decade ago. This will be a fantastic celebration of two major multi-sport events.”
Minister for Sport and Tourism, Nigel Huddleston said:
“Birmingham 2022's free-to-access Festival Sites will bring the spirit of the Commonwealth Games to an even wider audience this summer with live performances, arts and culture to be taken to tens of thousands of visitors. We can’t wait to see Birmingham, the West Midlands and London come to life for this vibrant programme as we continue to celebrate this major year of sport and culture.”
Activities/performers also include:
• The Big Pass the Baton Quiz – a fun family friendly quiz
• Wonderstruck – a wacky science show featuring exploding gasses and pyrotechnics
• Thrill Collins – Glastonbury’s favourite skiffle cover band
• Friendly Fire Band – Birmingham’s favourite Reggae band
• Massaoke – Like karaoke but for loads of people
• Crayola The Queen – Family friendly drag queen
• Distant Drums – performance art involving drums
• Junior Jungle – a rave of phat beats for all the family
• Jason Wilsher-Mills – a giant statue that explores disability issues
• Bikeworks – a range of highly unusual bikes (including one that makes smoothies)
• Shirt or Squirt – a strange quiz game where wrong answers receive a squirt of water
• 2 Robot plants walkabout – a very silly children’s show.
The ‘Celebrating 10 Years Festival Site’ is part of our Summer on the Park Campaign and follows on from two key 10 Years On anniversary events.
- on Friday 22 July Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan will join east Londoners in lighting an Anniversary Legacy Flame next to London Stadium to mark the tenth anniversary of the start of the Games.
- Then join us on Saturday July 23 for the Great Get Together, the Park’s largest ever free annual community event which will take over the south of the Park and Stadium Island.
Whether you want to be entertained, get creative or take part, there will be plenty going on for the whole family! On the main stage we have performances from local UD Music’s flagship group Flame Collective, up and coming BBC Introducing artists, a dance performance from new Peaky Blinders Production, London School of Samba leading a performance and parade and lots more.
There will be dance workshops for all the family, street theatre, circus skills, storytelling from Discover Storytelling Centre, t-shirt making, flower design, face painting, roller skating, fun fair rides and so much more. You will also be able to get active and have a go at a range of Olympic and Paralympic sports including cycling, track races and tennis and so much more. Stay up to date with news on the Great Get Together here.
NOTES TO EDITORS:
About the Festival Sites
Birmingham 2022's Festival Site programme is delivered in partnership between Birmingham 2022, London Legacy Development Corporation, and the Departmental for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with the support of additional corporate partners for the London edition.
About the London Festival Site
The London Festival Site will take place at Queen Elizabeth Park, running alongside the four-day track cycling programme for the Commonwealth Games at the Lee Valley VeloPark.
The site will be a free-to-access space for fans to come together, bringing the Games to the capital and connecting Londoners with the West Midlands, as Birmingham gets set to host the largest multi-sport event staged in the UK since London 2012.
The London ‘Celebrating 10 Years’ Festival Site will be open from 24 July - 8 August, with a capacity of 2,500, and featuring a range of family-friendly activities, cultural events and community performances.About LLDC
About the London Legacy Development Corporation
2022 is a special year for Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park marking 10 years since the world’s spotlight shone on London for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. In that time the Park has delivered on its legacy promises creating a must-visit destination for east London attracting six million visits a year, world class sport and entertainment events, thousands of new homes and two new business districts. That progress continues with more homes and jobs to be delivered and projects like East Bank, the most ambitious cultural and education district the country has seen for a generation, set to open soon. It’s a legacy to proud of and one that will continue and inspire generations to come. #London 2012 #PasstheBaton
The ‘Celebrating 10 years’ festival site is generously supported by Delancey, Lendlease and Mace; organisations who have been integral to the lasting legacy of London 2012 and have helped to inspire generations.
About ‘Celebrating 10 Years’ Festival Site Sponsors
Delancey has played a leading role in the legacy of two key areas of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park – East Village and Here East. At the former Athletes’ Village, Delancey – together with its partners – established the UK’s build to rent pioneer Get Living to deliver East Village, a thriving neighbourhood that is now home to more than 6,500 people. Across the Park, Delancey has transformed the former Press and Broadcast Centre into Here East, the multi-award winning innovation and technology campus that continues to play a key role in driving strong economic growth in East London.
International Quarter London (IQL) is Lendlease’s flourishing, 24/7 neighbourhood at the heart of Stratford. Lendlease is halfway through delivery of its masterplan and, with sustainability, wellbeing and innovation embedded in its design from day one, IQL has already been established as a premier location for forward-thinking businesses in the legacy of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Once complete in 2032, the nine-hectare site will include 2.6m sq. ft of quality office and commercial space, c.650 new homes and 8,000 sq. m of retail space.
Mace is one of the few organisations to have worked on London 2012 from concept to completion and on into its legacy on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Bringing development, consulting, construction and operations services, Mace has been shaping the legacy infrastructure for a decade, now managing the delivery of Stratford Waterfront and playing a leading role in supporting the creation of East Village, a thriving neighbourhood at the former Athletes’ Village.