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Olympic Games 2012: Culture

Volume 498: debated on Wednesday 28 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps the Cultural Olympiad is taking to celebrate the British cultural contribution to sport and the Olympics. (292333)

The Cultural Olympiad Board is working with the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) and partners throughout the cultural sector to deliver the Cultural Olympiad.

This is a great opportunity to celebrate the best of our British culture. We are doing so in a number of ways, putting culture at the heart of the London Olympic and Paralympic Games. There are 10 proposed major national projects, which will form the backbone of our London 2012 cultural activities, encompassing everything from art to music to theatre. The Olympic Lottery Distributor recently announced a grant of £15.6 million to support these projects.

There is also a UK-wide programme for cultural projects that have identified their own funding. LOCOG estimates that over £5 million has been raised by these projects. Over 100 cultural organisations have successfully applied to be part of the Cultural Olympiad UK-wide programme and they demonstrate that link by being given the LOCOG Inspire Mark.