Tuesday, January 24, 2012

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Live Sites are big screens and event spaces in urban centers offering live information, video, news and community events.

Get down to your local Live Site for all the latest news, interactive events and live coverage of the London 2012 Games.

There are 22 big screens operating at locations across the UK. Working with the BBC and local authorities, they feature all the latest action and news from London 2012.

They also feature a broad range of UK-wide and local content, events and partnerships with community, arts and media organisations.

Celebrations across the capital

 London Live 2012 is the UK’s biggest free celebration of the London 2012 Games, taking place at three of London’s most iconic locations: Hyde Park, Victoria Park and Trafalgar Square.
There will be live coverage of all the medal events on state-of-the-art screens, a variety of entertainment including live music and outdoor arts, plus opportunities to try out Olympic and Paralympic sports.

There are also two special Celebration Concerts in Hyde Park which will coincide with the Opening and Closing Ceremonies. Ticket prices and headline acts for these will be announced in early 2012.

Find out more and register your interest at the London Live website
London Live is a partnership with the Mayor of London, The Royal Parks,  London Borough of Tower Hamlets and international event promoters Live Nation.

Where are the Live Sites?

Belfast – City Hall, BT 15S
Birmingham – Victoria Square, B1 1BB
Bradford – Centenary Square, BD1 1SD
Bristol – Millennium Square, Waterfront, BS1 5DB
Cardiff – The Hayes, CF10 2DP
Coventry – Millennium Place, Hales Street, CV1 1JD
Derby – Market Place, DE1 3AE
Derry – Waterloo Place, Londonderry, BT48 6BU
Dover – Market Square, CT16 1NX
Edinburgh – Festival Square, EH3 9SR
Leeds – Millennium Square, LS1 3DP
Leicester – Humberstone Gate, LE1 1WA
Liverpool – Clayton Square, L1 1DP
Manchester – Exchange Square, M4 3TR
Middlesbrough – Centre Square, TS1 2QQ
Norwich – Chapelfield Shopping Centre, NR1 3SH
Plymouth – Armada Way, PL1 1DY
Portsmouth – Guildhall Square, PO1 2AD
Swansea – Castle Square, SA1 1JF
Swindon – Wharf Green, SN1 5AH
Waltham Forest – Town Square, Walthamstow, E17 7JN
Woolwich – General Gordon Place, SE18 6EU

The screens are erected and run in partnership between the London 2012 Organising Committee, the BBC and the various cities, in association with London 2012 partners BT and Lloyds TSB, supported by Cisco and with funding from the National Lottery through the Olympic Lottery Distributor.
Community Live Sites

If you are a local authority interested in establishing a Community Live Site, read our Community Live Sites Celebration Guide

The guide takes the form of a toolkit, and has been developed to answer the enquiries from bodies across the UK wishing to find ways to offer Games-focused activities. It provides guidance and advice on what you will need to address if you are planning a Community Live Site, and how to go about setting one up.

Retail information for 2012 London Olympics

Merchandise for London 2012 is expected to raise over £80 million towards the cost of funding the Games.

The London 2012 shops offer the biggest and best range of collectable London 2012 souvenirs. From clothing and collectables to homeware and toys, there really is something for everyone.

With a number of new stores opening across the UK, there’s never been a better time to pick up a piece of Games history.

Shops around the UK

Heathrow T3 shop
London 2012 shops with a full range of merchandise can now be found up and down the country

Shops around London

London 2012 shop Stansted
A full range of London 2012 merchandise is available at shops around the capital

London 2012 online Shop

London 2012 Shop special mascots
The London 2012 Shop website stocks a great range of products. Start shopping now!

Retail Opportunities

London 2012 offers licensing for a range of product categories.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Live Doctor Who show heading to Ipswich for London 2012 Festival

An interactive Doctor Who show in Ipswich has been announced as part of next summer's London 2012 Festival celebrations.
 ‘The Crash of The Elysium’, a live adventure for children and their families, will play from 15 June – 8 July 2012.
Created by Punchdrunk, the award-winning pioneers in immersive theatre, the show is a live Doctor Who theatre adventure in which the audience is the star.
Following confirmation of Arts Council England funding, there will be three different types of performance in 2012 – schools performances, family performances for 7–12 year olds and performances for those aged 13 and above.
Cultural Olympiad and London 2012 Festival Director Ruth Mackenzie said: ‘I’m delighted that we can confirm that Ipswich will be the host for this brilliant show.
'The production will be a highlight of the London 2012 Festival and is sure to be a hot ticket. Our thanks go to Arts Council England for their funding support.’
'Huge event for the region'
The show will be presented at Ipswich Arts Festival (Ip-art) by Manchester International Festival, the London 2012 Festival, the New Wolsey Theatre and Ipswich Borough Council, supported by Arts Council England and Suffolk County Council.
Ipswich Borough Council Leader David Ellesmere said: ‘This is fantastic news and something the Council is really pleased to be a partner in.
'The Crash of the Elysium will be a huge event for Ipswich and the region in 2012. It will also be a welcome boost for the local economy as it will bring thousands of people into the town.’
Tickets for 'The Crash of The Elysium' will be available from the New Wolsey Theatre in early 2012.

Giant Olympic Rings unveiled at Channel Tunnel entrance

The latest set of giant Olympic Rings has today been unveiled on the entrance to the Channel Tunnel in France.

The Channel Tunnel will be one of the main gateways from Europe to the London 2012 Games.
The Rings have been placed at the entrance of the Tunnel in Coquelles in northern France. One of the world's most recognisable symbols, they will be seen by hundreds of thousands of fans who are travelling on Eurostar trains to St Pancras International.
Measuring 9.4m wide and 4.6m high, the Rings were built in Lille and transported in segments to the Channel Tunnel entrance near Calais. The manufacturing and placement of the Rings has been privately financed by Eurotunnel, who have worked closely with the French National Olympic Committee.
London 2012 Organising Committee Chair Seb Coe said: 'The Olympic Rings are an iconic symbol, inspiring athletes and uniting people around the world.

'To visitors travelling from Europe they will excite and inspire them about the Olympic Games taking place in London, and demonstrate that we are ready to welcome the world in 2012.'

The first set of giant Olympic Rings was unveiled at St Pancras International in March 2011.
20/12 Day
The unveiling coincides with 20/12 Day, a London 2012 Children's Promise scheme which provides children born in the UK on 20 December 2004 the opportunity to play a role in the Games.
A film about the making of the Rings will be shown at a special event to mark 20/12 Day, where Jonathan Edwards will be joined by athletes and as children from the Children’s Promise Scheme at John Lewis Stratford City.

Art trees to take root in the Olympic Park

A collection of ten trees which will each support large metals rings weighing up to half a tonne are to be planted across the Olympic Park.
An artist's impression of the Trees after the Games
The artworks, created by British artists Ackroyd and Harvey, were today granted planning permission and will act as a permanent reminder of the Games and surrounding communities.
Once planted, each tree will have a large ring, engineered from either phosphored bronze or stainless steel and weighing up to 500kg, securely placed in the crown. The inside of the rings will be engraved with hidden histories.
They will be the largest trees on the Olympic Park, reaching up to 18 metres tall.

Tickets for London 2012 test events to go back on sale

The London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) today announced that tickets for the Gymnastics and Diving test events are set to go back on sale.

Tickets for International Gymnastics will go back on sale tomorrow, 15 December, at 10am, while tickets for the 18th FINA Diving World Cup 2012 will go back on sale on Tuesday 17 January from 10am.
The events are part of the London Prepares series, the official London 2012 sports testing programme and will feature world-class athletes competing in London 2012 venues.
International Gymnastics
10-18 January
International Gymnastics will feature men’s and women’s teams from around the world competing in all three Olympic Gymnastics disciplines: Artistic, Trampoline and Rhythmic. The event takes place at the North Greenwich Arena (also known as The O2) and tickets are priced from £10 for full price tickets and from £5 for young people and seniors.

18th FINA Diving World Cup 2012
20-26 February 2012

The 18th FINA Diving World Cup 2012 will be the last opportunity for athletes to qualify for Individual and Synchronised Diving at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Britain’s best Olympic Diving hopes will be competing against an international field at the Aquatics Centre on the Olympic Park.
The event is supported by UK Sport as part of the World Class Events Programme and tickets are priced from £10 for full price tickets, and from £5 for young people and seniors.
'Unique opportunity'
Debbie Jevans, LOCOG Director of Sport said: ‘We were delighted by the demand for test event tickets when they went on sale last month. Tickets sold quickly so we have worked hard to be able to offer additional seats which we are now putting on sale. This is a unique opportunity to watch world class sport in London 2012 venues.’
Tickets will go on sale via Ticketmaster. As a proud sponsor of London 2012, Visa (debit, credit, prepaid) is the only card accepted for online ticket sales for these London Prepares series events.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

London 2012 staff mark Armistice Day

London 2012 staff have joined people around the UK in marking Armistice Day to honour those who died in two World Wars and other conflicts.

Logistics and security staff gather near the Olympic Stadium to mark Armistice Day.
As in previous years, staff working on the Olympic Park were encouraged to observe the two minutes silence at 11am on Friday 11 November, the anniversary of the end of the First World War in 1918.

Contractors co-ordinated the morning so that groups of workers were able to take part at construction sites and office locations across the Olympic Park, with the start and finish marked by alarms, whistles and horns.
A number of ceremonies took place around the Park including one at Eton Manor, the London 2012 Wheelchair Tennis venue.
Logistics and security staff gathered close to the Olympic Stadium to honour those who gave their lives for their country.

The two minutes silence was also observed at London 2012’s headquarters at Canary Wharf.