north west for 2012

the sound before you make it, Jaki Middleton and David Lawrey, AND Festival - Brian Slater

The Cultural Olympiad is the UK’s cultural celebration for London 2012. It's a four year cultural programme, culminating in the London 2012 Festival - the UK’s biggest arts festival.

The Showcasing Arts and Culture pages of this website feature events and activities happening in the North West from March to September 2012 as part of the Cultural Olympiad and London 2012 Festival.

The North West’s regional programme for the Cultural Olympiad is a regionwide celebration of artistic achievement, digital invention and art/sport interactions in outdoor, online, public and social spaces. Featuring new commissions, world premiers, regional firsts and unique collaborations, the programme this year includes ambitious 2012 editions of Abandon Normal Devices, Lakes Alive and Blaze, a regionwide programme of artworks and events, sport-inspired film screenings and not to be missed Opening and Closing celebrations, Looping the Loop and WE PLAY Expo.

Also happening this year as part of the Cultural Olympiad in the North West are UK wide and national projects. They include the Global Threads exhibitions, plus world-class art and events for the London 2012 Festival including Column by Anthony McCall and On the Night Shift, one of the opening events of the London 2012 Festival on 21 June 2012.

Join the journey and share your experiences online by signing up to the WE PLAY Challenge - a fun and social way to interact with London 2012 in the North West.

There are events and activities happening near you as part of the Cultural Olympiad and London 2012 Festival. Visit our What's On section to find out more and be inspired to take an Olmpic inspired journey right here in the North West!

Our programme in 2012 starts with Global Rainbow which launched the WE PLAY Challenge on 8 March. It ends with a celebration of the achievements of everyone who takes part at the WE PLAY Expo in the final weekend of the Paralympic Games, 7 – 9 September 2012.