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Olympic Games 2012: Culture

Volume 503: debated on Wednesday 6 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many people of each (a) sex and (b) age group in each region have participated in programmes launched as part of the Cultural Olympiad since the inception of those programmes. (307132)

[holding answer 14 December 2009]: The Cultural Olympiad is a four year developing programme of cultural activity which enables a wide range of people across the UK to celebrate and become involved in the best of British culture. It includes major national projects, a UK-wide cultural festival and annual open weekend celebrations. The London Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) does not hold information on participation in Cultural Olympiad programmes by age or sex.

However, three of the Cultural Olympiad's major national projects have already launched. These are: ‘Stories of the World’, involving 14 regional partners and over 50 museums, libraries and archives across the UK; ‘Artists Taking The Lead’, which received 2,163 submissions from artists in every nation and region of the UK; and ‘Unlimited’ which is inviting applications for a £1.5 million commission to support the production of quality work by disabled and deaf artists.

The Inspire Mark programme recognises non-commercial projects which are genuinely inspired or energised by the 2012 Games. According to latest available figures, 142 cultural projects have been awarded the Inspire Mark across the nations and regions of the UK, and form the UK-wide cultural festival. LOCOG estimates that approximately one million people took part in the open weekend celebrations in 2008 and 2009.