An unmissable weekend of world-class athletics and unrivalled arts are on offer at the magnificent Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on 24, 25 & 26 July.
Grab the chance to see your Team GB and Paralympics GB athletics heroes in action at the iconic Olympic Stadium for the first time since London’s triumphant 2012 Games.
Then relax in the beautiful surroundings of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and enjoy a feast of disability arts and entertainment at the Mayor of London’s annual Liberty Festival.
Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games, 24, 25 and 26 July
Get your weekend off to a thrilling start by reliving the excitement of London 2012 on Friday evening as top sprinters compete in track and field’s blue riband event, the men’s 100m. Britain’s James Dasaolu and Richard Kilty will take on a star-studded international field, including former world champ Kim Collins. Don’t miss it!
The prestigious IAAF Diamond League event will see some of the world’s best athletes in action, including Greg Rutherford, Jessica Ennis-Hill and Mo Farah who will be looking to draw on their previous success in the iconic London arena, three years on from ‘Super Saturday’ where they each struck Olympic gold in the space of 44 truly captivating minutes.
The highlight of this exciting three day event will see Paralympian heroes take centre stage in the final leg of the IPC Grand Prix Series on Sunday afternoon. The glittering line-up includes six times Paralympic champion David Weir who’ll return to the stadium where he won three of his four gold medals at the London 2012 Games.
Meanwhile swimming stars Ellie Simmonds, Ollie Hynd and Jessica-Jane Applegate will be lining up on the starting blocks London Aquatics Centre where ParalympicsGB won an incredible 39 medals at London 2012.
For more information visit the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park website.
To book tickets to the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games visit the Ticketmaster website.
Watch the Mayor welcome the Games:
National Paralympic Day featuring Mayor of London's Liberty Festival 2015
The Mayor’s trailblazing festival of deaf and disability arts features a packed line-up of live music, DJs, outdoor dance, aerial theatre, art installations.
Combine an afternoon of fantastic entertainment at the Liberty Festival with cheering on Britain’s Paralympic stars, for a family day to remember at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
See the full programme on the tab above.
Please note that National Paralympic Day and Liberty Festival run from the following times:
- National Paralympic Day 11:00am - 7pm
- Liberty Festival 1:00pm - 6:30pm
The Mayor puts on and supports lots of different events to celebrate the many cultures and communities of London. To find out what’s coming up sign up to the Events newsletter.
Please see images from last years event below:
- Joan Coffey, Irish-born and London based singer-songwriter.
- Hassan Eraji, Moroccan master musician – singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, entertainer and story teller.
- Inner Visions/Baluji Orchestra, Indian maestro and musical director Baluji Shrivastav, has brought together incredible musicians from around the world who are blind or partially sighted.
- Sonic Vistas devised and led by Ivan Riches supported by Drake Music. Dance music with big beats to include deaf access, from a group of disabled musicians using assistive music technology.
- Revenge of Calculon, Duo playing music which combines lo-fi beats, funk, radio static and overweight 1970s analogue synths.
- Congolese super-band Staff Benda Bilili, fresh from global success for their powerful mix of rumba-rooted beats, will headline the music stage.
Liberty premieres two new works commissioned thanks to lottery funding from Arts Council England.
- Extant, Britain's leading professional performing arts company of visually impaired people, are creating a new work with playful public realm arts company, Bureau of Silly Ideas. Together they invite you to form an orderly queue at the bus stop, and wait for your chance to participate in a London Bus ride with a difference...
- 'Shamal', a collaboration between visual artist Rachel Gadsden and Alan Parkinson's Architects of Air. This features the 'Arborica' Luminarium, a newly designed inflatable structure, full of light and colour and inspired by Islamic architecture, which provides a luscious backdrop for Gadsden's multi-disciplinary performance.
Aerial / Circus
- 'Weighting', a show by Extraordinary Bodies (a partnership between Cirque Bijou and Diverse City). This tells the story of a family living in a grey world of routine and simplicity. Across the bridge the world is full of colour, excitement, and music. However to get to the other side the family have to risk everything.
Children and family
- Kazzum - Nana’s Jumble, a storytelling performance and social event for children, young people and their families.
- Archictects of Air - ‘Arborica’, a monumental inflatable structure designed to generate a sense of wonder at the beauty of light and colour.
- CoolTan Arts - ‘Around the World in 80 Days’ Portrait Booth, Taking a seaside picture board, CoolTan will transport Liberty visitors to the corners of the atlas for a globetrotting adventure.
- StopGap - Bill and Bobby, a tribute to the star partnerships of Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire. Referencing a scene from their musical comedy Swing Time, Lucy Bennett and David Toole will take you through a whistle stop tour of a bygone era.
- Cathy Waller - ‘Louder Than Words’, a brand new dance work set to the sound and rhythm of a live musician. Two dancers compete, test and outdo each other whilst being challenged by the multiple instruments and percussion played in between them.
- Wheelchair Dance Sport Association, displays by their leading performers plus free taster sessions.
DJ/MC/Chill zone/Community hub
- DJ Hub - sets throughout the day from Jamie Renton, Shout! Collective, Heart n Soul DJ’s and Deaf Rave (featuring sign singers)
- Heart n Soul - Soundlab, digital music making project, exploring ways of using technology to encourage people with learning disabilities to create sound and music.
- Acts of Memory in association with Graeae, a collective, multilingual and signed recitation, by memory, of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
- Together 2012!, Newham-based group present a community programme of film, arts and performances.
- Ifeoma Orjiekwe - Ifeoma's Agozie Art Studio, a pop-up art studio featuring Nigerian-inspired arts and crafts activities, infused by the fabrics, bric-a-brac and materials found in Deptford’s market stalls.
Film and screen
- Big Screen films, featuring a curated film programme, a new video work by Rachel Gadsden, and a special commissioned video by poet Owen Lowry.
More programme details to be announced.
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and its venues have been designed to be as accessible and inclusive as possible for a wide range of visitors. National Paralympic Day featuring Mayor of London’s Liberty Festival takes place on the South Lawns which is predominantly a hard standing area, with step-free access. Areas of grass will have trackway options to the Main Stage and other Liberty features.
The nearest tube station to the South Lawns is Stratford and the lawns are a 15-20 minute walk from the station; take the escalator or lift up to ‘The Street’ (which is part of the Westfield Shopping Centre) – follow it along, bear right at Fountain Square toward John Lewis and then left at Jamie’s Italian. At the end of the passage, cross the road into the Park. The entrance to the park has temporarily moved when exiting at Westfield, and visitors will need to turn left at the main road and cross the road to the park fifty metres further down. From there, follow signage or ask stewards for National Paralympic Day featuring Liberty Festival and you will be guided to the South Lawns.
A map of the Olympic Park is available on the QEOP website.
There are also several accessible options available to get to the South Lawns:
- Drop-off point for taxis at Pool Street.
- 388 public bus from Stratford City Bus Station to the entrance of the Park on Westfield Avenue (check for diversions).
- An accessible Dial-a-Ride shuttle bus service for disabled people between Stratford Station (platform 13) and the drop-off point. If you are not a Dial-a-Ride member you will be required to fill out a temporary membership form.
- Blue Badge temporary parking facility on Pool Street (approximately 150m from the Festival site). Pre-booking required and spaces will be allocated on a first come first served basis.
PRE-BOOKING for Blue Badge parking can be made by calling: 0800 0722 110. Please quote Blue Badge for National Paralympic Day/Liberty.
Detailed vehicle access information for Drop-off, taxis and Blue Badge parking can be found and downloaded here.
Temporary transport/access suspension between 4.30pm – 5.30pm
We are unable to provide access to/from the temporary Blue Badge parking on Pool Street, London Aquatics Centre Blue Badge parking, the drop off point or the Dial-a-Ride service between 4.30pm and 5.30pm. This is due to high pedestrian numbers exiting the Olympic Stadium and associated road closures following Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games Please enjoy the Liberty Festival performances and come and try sports on the South Lawns while you wait.
Below are some of the accessible services provided on the day:
- Level access routes throughout the Park.
- Audio description headsets available at central information and access point.
- BSL interpretation, induction loops and text services at locations across the event.
- Roaming personal assistants, interpreters and audio describer.
- Mobility scooters and manual wheelchair hire available from the Park Information Point through Park Mobility. Pre-booking is strongly advised.
- Rest area located near the waterfront.
- Changing Places facilities available at The Podium.
- Assistance dogs welcome, spend areas available.
PRE-BOOKING for Park Mobility can be made by calling: 0800 0722 110. Please quote Park Mobility for National Paralympic Day/Liberty.