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Cultural Olympiad

Volume 696: debated on Wednesday 21 November 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What is their specific strategy to ensure that the Cultural Olympiad has a lasting legacy beyond the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games for continued participation in cultural activities and events. [HL58]

We are working with the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, and with a number of our non-departmental public bodies, to deliver a range of projects that will inspire and involve young people and will generate a positive legacy. Leaving a legacy for continued participation beyond 2012 is a significant consideration of the planning and development of projects.

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What proportion and level of funding for the Cultural Olympiad is budgeted to come from commercial sponsorship; and [HL66]

What proportion of the existing budget for the Cultural Olympiad will be spent on (a) the opening ceremonies; (b) the closing ceremonies; and (c) the torch relay; and [HL67]

Whether they anticipate that money originally allocated to the Cultural Olympiad will need to be diverted to cover other costs of staging the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games; and [HL68]

How much funding Cultural Olympiad projects will receive from the Legacy Trust UK Consortium; and how much of this funding has already been spent; and [HL70]

What is the total amount of money specifically available to fund the Cultural Olympiad; and from what sources is that money available; and [HL146]

What is the anticipated total cost of the Cultural Olympiad as currently planned; and how they plan to meet any funding gap between the available funds and the anticipated cost. [HL147]

We expect the funding of the Cultural Olympiad to come from a range of private and public sources. The positive outcome of the Comprehensive Spending Review enables our non-departmental public bodies to spend some of their budget on the Cultural Olympiad. LOCOG's sponsors are keen to play a part in the Cultural Olympiad, but it is too early to say the extent to which they will offer specific funding or value-in-kind.

LOCOG will deliver all the component parts of the host city contract. This includes the mandatory ceremonies element of the Cultural Olympiad, including the torch relay and ceremonies which are funded by LOCOG's privately financed budget. LOCOG continues to develop the programmes to deliver these projects within its £2 billion budget.

LOCOG is also working closely with a range of organisations to deliver a number of nationwide projects. It is too early to specify the precise component parts of tier 2 of the Cultural Olympiad as these projects are currently in the planning and development stage—which includes consideration of costs and funding.

Tier 3 of the Cultural Olympiad—a UK festival of culture—is also undergoing further development. LOCOG anticipates that this will be led by arts and cultural organisations inspired by the opportunities to link to the London Games.

The Legacy Trust, which has £40 million of funding, will be launched in November 2007. It will provide an additional source of funding for Cultural Olympiad projects.

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What consideration has been given by the Culture and Creativity Advisory Forum to incorporating involvement from all nations and regions of the United Kingdom in the Cultural Olympiad. [HL71]

The Culture and Creativity Advisory Forum (CACAF) is attended by officials from the nations and regions who are working to ensure that the whole of the UK benefits from the Cultural Olympiad.

CACAF has had a number of discussions on regional and UK-wide plans, including contributing to plans for all tier 2 projects to have a UK-wide element, and to the role that the creative programmers will play in opening up opportunities in all nations and regions of the UK.

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What are the main projects for the Cultural Olympiad; and which organisations or individuals are leading these. [HL148]

The overall structure of the Cultural Olympiad is: tier 1, the mandatory ceremonies; tier 2, the major projects specified in the bid book; and tier 3, the UK-wide cultural festival.

Tier 1, led by the London Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG), includes: handover ceremonies in 2008; the opening and closing ceremonies in 2012; medal ceremonies; team welcome ceremonies; the torch relay; and Olympic youth camp.

Within tier 2, there are 10 major projects in development. The working titles of these are: film and video nation; artists taking the lead; 2012 sounds; international museums exhibition; live sites; international Shakespeare festival; world festival of youth culture; 2012 carnival; world cultural festival; and celebration of disability arts and sport.

LOCOG, working closely with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, is working in partnership with a number of bodies to develop the vision, scope and detailed business plan for each of these projects, including a consideration of costs and options for funding. Further details will be announced shortly.

Tier three, the UK-wide cultural festival, will include a number of cultural events in each region and nation of the UK. Creative programmers have been appointed to shape this programme of events.

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What are the key implications of the Cultural Olympiad legacy action plan; and what impact this has on the funding and costs for the Cultural Olympiad. [HL155]

The Government's legacy action plan will be published in the next few months. It will explain to the public how the Government will deliver their commitments for the 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games as set out in Our Promise for 2012. This will include reference to Cultural Olympiad projects, in line with LOCOG’s current planning for delivering these projects. There are no additional impacts on the Cultural Olympiad.