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The result of four years’ of work commissioned and created especially for London 2012, the WE PLAY Expo brings together Abandon Normal Devices, Blaze and Lakes Alive with the Preston Guild festival to celebrate WE PLAY’s achievements and legacy.
Fri 7 Sep 2012 to Sun 9 Sep 2012
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South Meadow Lane,
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Free event, no tickets required
Suitable for all age groups
Art, Comedy, Dance, Digital Media, Film, Kids & Family, Music, Outdoor & Carnival, Special Events & Spectaculars, Sport & Leisure, Theatre & Performance
Cultural Olympiad, WE PLAY
It’s all back to ours to mark the end of the 2012 Games!
The WE PLAY Expo is a whole weekend of unmissable free events celebrating our region’s unique contribution to London 2012. Everyone’s invited to join the party in Preston 7 – 9 September.
The weekend will have a real festival atmosphere featuring exclusive events and big screen broadcasts of the Closing Ceremony and London 2012 handover to Rio 2016.
With eight brand new commissions, programme highlights include:
Look out for the latest news and behind the scenes blogs over the summer as we get ready for the Expo. Or browse through the brochure (below) to plan your weekend now!
You can also download our at a glance schedule here.
The WE PLAY Expo kicks off at 7pm on Friday 9 September in the beautiful setting of Avenham & Miller Parks as part of the historic Preston Guild festival. Let’s show the world we know how to throw a party in the North West – join us in Preston for the party of a lifetime and bring all your friends and family!
Looking forward to the WE PLAY Expo - especially Handprint and On the Night Shift which I heard was amazing when it was on Lake Windermere :)
Posted Fri 29 Jun 10:03 by hellfuss
Brilliant - had a great time!
Posted Thu 13 Sep 20:07 by Ken Brown
Great stuff - saw all our hands projected on the bridge!
Posted Mon 17 Sep 19:46 by Major Tom
It was great. Loved the great mixture of things - and the Handprint projection on the bridge was mezmerising.
Posted Thu 20 Sep 08:51 by Handstand
Sat 7 Jul 2012 9am - 6pm finale at Redish Vale Country Park at Stockport
Sat 19 May 2012 12.30pm - 5pm at The Quays Waterfront, Greater Manchester
Thu 12 Jul 2012 at The Trafford Centre
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