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Olympic Games 2012: Culture

Volume 502: debated on Wednesday 16 December 2009

To ask the Minister for the Olympics how many programmes have been launched in each region as part of the Cultural Olympiad. (307133)

[holding answer 14 December 2009]: The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) works with the Cultural Olympiad Board and delivery partners throughout the cultural sector to deliver the Cultural Olympiad.

Many of the Major Projects that form the centerpiece of the Cultural Olympiad will have a regional dimension. Three of these have already launched—‘Artists Taking The Lead’, ‘Stories of the World’ and ‘Unlimited’.

There is also a grassroots programme of cultural celebration led by LOCOG. This forms two parts. Firstly, London 2012 Open Weekend was held in September 2008 to launch the Cultural Olympiad, and then again in July 2009 to mark ‘3 Years To Go’. Secondly, LOCOG has developed the ‘Inspire Mark’, a version of the London 2012 brand for community use to launch or support local and legacy projects genuinely inspired by the Games. Details of these appear in the following table.

Grassroots Cultural Olympiad projects by region, December 2009

Region

Open weekend 2008

Open weekend 2009

Inspire mark

Northern Ireland

20

19

11

Scotland

2

4

1

Wales

5

19

8

London

311

230

63

East

49

27

21

East Midlands

15

72

10

South East

74

189

23

South West

45

47

25

North East

38

33

13

North West

41

55

19

West Midlands

39

54

14

Yorkshire

16

49

10

UK/multi-region

43

Total

655

798

261