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Cultural Olympiad

Volume 456: debated on Friday 2 February 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she last discussed the location of the launch of the Cultural Olympiad; and if she will make a statement. (118189)

The start of the Cultural Olympiad, and indeed the whole of the London 2012 Olympiad, occurs at the moment of “handover” during the closing ceremony of the Beijing Games in 2008. It is likely that many groups and communities around London and the rest of the UK will want to mark this moment with celebrations. The formal launch event for the Cultural Olympiad is likely to take place shortly afterwards. Discussions are ongoing between my Department, London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games and the Greater London Authority on the details for the launch. This will be an important benchmark on our journey towards 2012, and we know that many organisations are keen to show their support for this event. In particular, we are in discussions with the organisers of the Liverpool 08 celebrations to explore the potential for collaboration with the plans for the Cultural Olympiad.