The London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games present a unique opportunity to showcase London's unrivalled arts and culture to the world. Learn why here.
One extraordinary year
London in 2012 will be an exceptional time when the eyes of the world will be upon us. From the moment the torch arrives on 21 July 2012 until the closing ceremony on 9 September 2012, London will celebrate the Games and welcome the world with a spectacle of festivities, excitement and creativity.
We are developing a free, summer-long festival bringing the best of British and global outdoor arts to town centres, parks and squares across London. From an intimate performance in an unexpected place to an unforgettable moment in one of the city's iconic spaces, you'll be able to experience world class cultural activities on your doorstep wherever you are in London.
In 2012, we see culture as key in giving the 7.75m Londoners and anticipated 1m daily visitors to the city an extraordinary, festive Games time experience. We want both Londoners and visitors alike to enjoy and take part in the capital’s rich cultural offer.
London 2012 Festival
The London 2012 Festival is a world class arts programme reflecting every cultural genre and reaching every region of the UK. The finale of the four-year Cultural Olympiad will take place from 21 June to 9 September 2012. Sign up for the latest news and advance information about tickets and events.
Stay up to date
To keep abreast of 2012 developments and opportunities, sign up to our London Cultural Strategy Group and Mayor of London Newsletter.
London Culture and 2012 Handbook
For more information on getting involved in the capital’s cultural celebrations, we have produced an easy-to-use handbook for cultural groups and organisations interested in enriching London 2012.
London Culture and 2012 Handbook (pdf opens in a new window)